Tony Gillespie from Imugi honoured in traditional belt ceremony FEATURED Medowie & Tilligerry News Of The Area Medowie, Ferodale, Campvale by News Of The Area - Modern Media - January 16, 2019January 16, 2019 Shihan Gary Palmer presenting Do Joo Nim Tony Gillespie his new belt in a traditional belt ceremony. THIRTY-FOUR years of hard work and dedication led to the most significant moment in martial artist, Mr Tony Gillespie’s journey. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or firstname.lastname@example.org Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE Mr Gillespie, who was awarded Port Stephens Sportsperson of the Year in 2016 has been involved in martial arts since 1985 at age 6. Celebrating the fifth anniversary of Imugi Martial Arts in Medowie, a School he owns with partner, Ms Kelly O’Brien, there was a surprise for award winning Mr Gillespie. Do Joo Nim Tony Gillespie was formally presented his 5th Degree Black Belt in a traditional belt ceremony by Shihan Gary Palmer, Founder of Chikara Kenpo Karate, 6th Degree Black Belt and IKCA Certified Instructor. Mr Palmer told News Of The Area, “It was a pleasure and honour to present Tony with his much deserved promotion and to pass on our ceremonial traditions to his students.” Mr Palmer spoke of the significant impact Mr Gillespie has had on the martial arts community during his decades of training. Mr Palmer said, “There are very few people who can walk the walk, and talk the talk.” “Tony’s intense consistency to which he is able to do this is undeniable.” Mr Gillespie said, “For me this promotion is an acknowledgment of my life’s work, for my school it is recognition of their level of training and reputation in the martial arts community.” By Heather SHARP Do Joo Nim Tony Gillespie still in shock, places his new belt around his waist for the first time. Shihan Gary Palmer and Sensei Wayne Morrison of Chikara Kenpo, with Do Joo Nim Tony Gillespie and Sensei Ben Cunningham.