Black Country families getting a kick from karate

By Harriet Evans | Kingswinford | News | Published:

Families are getting a kick out of karate together thanks to a martial arts academy in Dudley.

Mum Donna Houghton with her sons Harry and Jack and Sensei Lydia Longville

The Bonsai Black Belt Academy in Kingswinford has began hosting classes where children and adults can train together.

Lydia Longville, chief instructor, said: "Allowing families to train together in class is one of the best feelings as a coach.

"We see the benefits this brings to all family members and are encouraging even more people to come along and see what karate can do for them.

"Parents are getting fitter and stronger whilst training with their children, who are looking up to mum and dad as role models; siblings are working together to develop bonds and work as a team to encourage each other on their journey to black belt and beyond."

The classes combine basic martial arts and self-defence with keep fit moves that are suitable for all ages and abilities.

A number of families have already signed up and are working towards grade work for their belts.

Lydia added:"Families who train together remain motivated and confident as they work as a team to help each other along side other students.

"It's an honour to coach all of my students and they are all a credit to the club."

The club is welcoming new members and anyone interested in trying the sessions should contact the academy on 07581442336 or through their Facebook page.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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