TALENTED members of Barrhead Karate Club are helping to put the town on the sporting map.

Kenny Taylor has been passing on his martial arts skills to local enthusiasts for more than 20 years.

And, on Saturday, club members gathered to show off some of the silverware they have collected along the way.

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Kenny, who has trained European champions and had former students compete in World Championships, is pleased to see the club going from strength to strength.

He learned the Shotokan style of martial arts in Japan under the tutelage of Masao Kawasoe, who is considered to be one of the greatest karate masters alive today.

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Kenny told the Barrhead News: “I studied full-time in Japan from 1984 to 1985. In fact, the best man at my wedding was someone I met in Japan.

“I’ve since brought Kawasoe over here four times, most recently last year.

“When they are training under him, you can tell the students feel honoured to be learning from a Shotokan master.”

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The club trains at the Barrhead Foundry twice a week, from 9am on Saturdays and from 7pm on Tuesday, with people of all ages and abilities welcome to attend.

Kenny added: “I would like to thank everyone at The Foundry, as we’re very well looked after there.The staff couldn’t do more to help us.”

Anyone who would like more information about the club should call Kenny on 0776 695 3067.

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