On the 6th of September 2018, three of our students undertook their P.U.M.A. Black Belt gradings. The trio travelled to Swindon and were put to test under a panel of Masters and Senior Black Belt Degree grades, and after a challenging grading followed by a test of spirit with tough seamless exertion, they headed home for a well deserved rest and to await results in the days to follow.

Late into Tuesday, Instructor Brett Dowling was able to release results to the three hopefuls, baring the great news that they we’re all successful. After years of hard work and dedication to their arts, they became the sought after ‘1st Degree Black Belt’ and were now planning their evening at the Professional Unification of Martial Arts Presentation Evening where they’re to receive their official belts and certification.

Pictured are the deserving new 1st Degree’s after being presented their belts by Chairman, Master Ray Gayle 8th Degree. They all gave humbling speeches of thanks, honouring Devon Martial Arts and PUMA. This was the 39th Presentation evening, and an extra special evening it was with Remembrance Day in sight. With a subtle red theme throughout, those present on the night remembered those who’ve fallen for our freedom, and those within our Martial Arts Family. Always greatly missed but fondly remembered, the ‘Legend’ Master Jonny Black 8th Degree, which presentation evening offers many memories of our beloved ‘Captain Fitness’. The team from Devon Martial Arts were also touched to collect an Honorary Black Belt, in memory of fellow Martial Artist, much loved and dearly missed member of the DMA Family, Mr Alex Carter-White who sadly passed away shortly before his Black Belt grading last year.

“It truly is a wonderful experience to see students achieve their Black Belts, having been part of their journey in any respect and seeing them Mature into exemplary Martial Artists. I look forward to seeing them pursuing their respected arts further as instructors, competition officials and subsequent degree grades” – Brett Dowling IV

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