4 NLTKD students attended the last Black belt grading held in Normanton Derby on Sunday 9 May 2010. The examining panel consisted of Master Tony Sewell (Derby) – 7th Dan, Master George Cockburn (Leicester) – 7th Dan, Mr Francis Plunkett (Ireland) – 6th Dan, Mr Gordon Slater (Essex) – 6th Dan, Mr. Paresh Bhadeshia (Cheltenham) -5th Dan of the GTI and they were successful. Results are
Mr Biodun Sean Onipede – 3rd Dan
Mr Francois Onawelho-Loren – 2nd Dan
Mr Steven Henry – 1st Dan
Mr Karman Ikram – 1st Dan (Junior)
As instructor, it is difficult to find time to ensure I continue my own training, but with the rising number of Black Belts in the NLTKD, I have created Black belt only sessions once a week to ensure, I and all Assistant Instructors get training time to develop ourselves.