Jul 13 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
A HURLFORD boy has become one of the youngest in the UK to gain his black belt in Aikido – at the age of 11.
Dillon McGill, a member of Yoshinkan Aikido Club in Kilmarnock, passed a gruelling grading under Grand Master Soke George Scarrott, 10th Dan.
The first year Loudoun Academy pupil impressed with his skills in kata with bokken (wooden sword) and jo (wooden staff). He also took on two adult black belts in randori (one-one sparring).
Dillon trains twice a week with Sensei Bert Rodgers, 4th Dan, at St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock.
He took up the martial art aged only four-and-a-half.
Instructor Bert said: “The boy is one in a million. He was a natural from the start.”
Bert added: “Grand Master Scarrott was impressed with Dillon’s excellent grading.”
Dillon’s proud parents Billy and Josie watched him pass his grading held at Kilmarnock’s judo hall.
Billy said: “I think I was more nervous than Dillon was. He took it all in his stride.
“Dillon loves Aikido and trains very hard. It is a superb achievement for him. Hopefully, there are big things to come for him as he wants to make a career out of it.”
Dillon’s other hobbies include playing with his scooter and his Xbox console.