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KARAKTE: Kwan celebrates 40 years of Rising Sun
11:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
SEVENTH-Dan black belt Tommy Kwan celebrates the 40th anniversary of his Radcliffe-based Rising Sun Karate Association on Saturday.
Founder and chief instructor Kwan opened his first club in Whitefield back in 1973 shortly before launching his second at Manchester Road Community Centre in Bury.
During the following years, together with fellow instructors, more clubs opened in the Greater Manchester area. In 1998, he opened his full-time Tommy Kwan Rising Sun Karate Centre, which became the organisation’s new headquarters, in Stand Lane, Radcliffe.
“Since 1973 I have personally trained 244 karate students to be black belts and many of them became instructors,” said Kwan.
“Currently, we have 18 fully qualified instructors, and a larger number of trainee instructors. Among the qualified ones are two sixth Dans, three fifth Dans and five fourth Dans.”
The Association forged a big reputation on the competition front, once winning 124 trophies in nine months and boasting one British and two English champions.
The 40th anniversary party takes place at the Village Hotel in Bury.
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