9th Dan honours
2016 has turned out to be a landmark year for shihan Ken Gee, the Chief instructor of the Harrogate and Otley karate centres. Not only does it mark the milestone of his fifty years of participation at all levels in the martial art of karate-do, it also marks the ninth year since he was awarded his present rank of hachidan, 8th degree black belt.
Therefore, in accordance with the stringent timescale rules of black belt progression in this country, shihan Gee was recently promoted by his parent body, the Shukokai/Shito-ryu karate Alliance of Gt. Britain and Australia, to the distinguished rank of kudan, 9th degree black belt.