First woman to get 8th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate

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by New Day Producers

KING5.com

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 12:18 PM

A Bellevue woman named Cathy Cline, has a pretty impressive accomplishment under her belt. Or rather-- her belt is her accomplishment!

When she achieved her 7th dan in 2005, she became the FIRST woman in Shotokan Karate to reach that level, and then she went on to be the only woman in the world to have achieved an eighth-degree black belt in Shotokan karate. The accomplishment took place at a recent tournament in Pennsylvania.

Cathy describes to New Day the journey she has taken to get where she is today, and what it feels like to be such a trailblazer for others.

Cathy is a Sensei and Chief Instructor at the Western Washington Shotokan Karate Club. For more information about the club, including classes for all levels of students, please click here.

The club is located at:

13620 NE 20th St/Apple Tree Plaza, Suite M/Bellevue, WA, 98005

 

 

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