Taekwondo students earn their black belts

Parents joined their children at the black examination event held at Barnoldswick Civic Hall.
Parents joined their children at the black examination event held at Barnoldswick Civic Hall.

Six Barnoldswick Taekwondo Club students have successfully passed their black belt exam.

The Great Britain Taekwondo Federation accolade means that the students are the first from the club to complete the journey after it was established four years ago.

Barnoldswick Taekwondo Club student Sam Kay with his black belt and certificates. (S)

Barnoldswick Taekwondo Club student Sam Kay with his black belt and certificates. (S)

The six students are Sam Kay, Abigail Noon, Jamie Noon, Laura Hadfield, Owen Anderson and Jacob Wild.

Instructor Mr Phil Millington-Downing said: “I’m extremely proud of my students. Only about one in 1,000 make it to black belt, so to have six students grading is quite unusual.

“They are all extremely talented in their own way and with Laura being awarded the ‘Best in Grade’ was the icing on the cake.

“The black belt path is the same for adults and juniors alike, challenging everybody in different ways.

“These students have achieved a qualification that can’t be taken away, proving they have a determination, dedication and perseverance to succeed.

“I hope they continue their training in taekwondo and continue to be the fantastic role models that they are.”

The club meets at the civic hall on Thursdays and Saturdays and due to the success of the junior classes, Phil is starting a new club for adults next month.

Call Phil on 07792 573357 for more information.