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Legendary Wolverhampton karate teacher awarded sport's top honour

A legendary Wolverhampton karate teacher has been awarded one of the highest honours in the sport.

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Dr Josh Johnson

Dr Josh Johnson has taught karate in Wolverhampton for over 50 years, currently at Woodfield Sports and Social Club, and was even a world champion in the 1970s.

In a surprise event, Dr Josh Johnson was awarded a 9th Dan (Kuban) Black Belt in karate. This is one of the highest awards given. Few people in England have obtained that award from Federation of English Karate Organisations (FEKO).

Dr Johnson’s family, students and friends were given advance notice that the award would be made at Woodfields Sports and Social Club after his class. Josh was unaware that the award was going to be presented to him.

Dr Josh Johnson with his 9th Dan

Daughter Natalie said: “Few understand our father’s lifetime dedication and hard work in teaching and supporting many generations of students.