First black belt honour for club

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A LOCAL Kickboxing club has recorded a historic first, delivering their first Black Belt student!

Nathan Ottewell (32) of Ripley successfully completed a gruelling five-hour exam at the kickboxing associations’ headquarters at Temple Gym in Birmingham after joining the Amber Valley Kickboxing club based at Heanor’s William Gregg Leisure Centre as one of the founding students.

Instructor Neil Fletcher said: “I am immensely proud of Nathan, this is a fantastic achievement and is testament to Nathan’s skill as a martial artist and the determination he puts into his training.

“This belt is very well deserved and it has been great to see one of my original students who kicked off the club reach this level”.

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For more details and to arrange a free trial at either the Heanor or Belper classes, call Neil Fletcher on 07981 415 737 or visit