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Martial arts instructor passes exam wearing belt of former student Jordan Bari

PUBLISHED: 17:44 04 December 2017

Tang Soo Do instructor Simon Drake taking his grading for his third dan wearing Jordan Bari's  belt who was killed last year in a tribute to him. Simon with Jordan's mum Lisa Bari. Picture: Paul Bennett

Tang Soo Do instructor Simon Drake taking his grading for his third dan wearing Jordan Bari's belt who was killed last year in a tribute to him. Simon with Jordan's mum Lisa Bari. Picture: Paul Bennett

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A martial arts instructor has passed a grading exam wearing the belt of his former student who was killed last year in a tribute to him.

Jordan Bari was shot dead in Bethnal Green. Pic credit: Lisa BariJordan Bari was shot dead in Bethnal Green. Pic credit: Lisa Bari

Simon Drake achieved his third dan in Tang Soo Do wearing a black belt belonging to Jordan Bari.

The 20-year-old was shot dead when answering the door of a Bethnal Green flat in October last year. Three men were acquitted of killing him in July following a trial.

“Jordan and I had the same level,” said Simon, 43. “He was going to get his third dan, he wanted to get it.”

Simon, who teaches at the London Black Belt Academy at Newham Leisure Centre, explained that he had approached Jordan’s mum Lisa about wearing the belt, something which she had backed.

Tang Soo Do instructor Simon Drake taking his grading for his third dan wearing Jordan Bari's  belt who was killed last year in a tribute to him.Tang Soo Do instructor Simon Drake taking his grading for his third dan wearing Jordan Bari's belt who was killed last year in a tribute to him.

She attended Simon’s grading, which took place at the Castle Green Centre in Dagenham, to support him.

“It was so hard,” Simon said of the afternoon, “but I felt like he got us through.

“When I got his belt put on, I felt pretty emotional.”

Former Brampton Manor Academy student Jordan, who lived in Stratford’s East Village, had won martial arts trophies all over the country after taking up the sport aged seven.

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