Sally and Danika Walker show what they've learnt in karate.
Sally and Danika Walker show what they've learnt in karate. The Northern Star

Black belt sisters

A BLACK belt is becoming the 'must-have' accessory at the Walker household in Ballina.

First, dad Michael achieved one, now his daughters Sally, 8, and Danika, 7, have one to match.

The karate sisters successfully completed their black belt gradings earlier this year before going to perform well at the Australian titles in Melbourne.

Competing in the Under-9 category, Sally finished second in kata, which is a series of steps and movements without facing an opponent.

And Danika finished second in kumite, which is a fight with no contact where you get judged according to how accurate you are without actually touching your opponent.

Both girls started training in Japanese traditional karate at the Ian Harris's dojo, Lismore, in the beginning of 2005 after seeing dad progress in his training.

They were graded every six months by visiting Shihan Takahashi from Japan and every three months after Shihan's grading Sensei Ian Harris also graded the girls.

Shihan Takahashi is eighth Dan and one of the worlds best instructors, Sensei Ian Harris is fifth Dan and one of Australia's best instructors.

Mum Jenny Walker said the girls continue their study two hours per week, two hours per night.

"It's good for their confidence and strength within their own body and they sense of achievement they feel," Jenny said.


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