Taekwondo club students pass black belt grading

Lyme Regis Taekwondo Club student James, Dan, May and Tomas with their black belt certificates

FOUR students from Lyme Regis Taekwondo Club have received certificates after passing their black belt grading. 

Tomas Lowe gained his 2nd Dan black belt while James Weston, May Robinson and Dan Barton all gained their 1st Dan.

Dan Barton is the youngest student from the club to gain a black belt at just 12 years old, and is known as a junior black belt or 1st Poom.

Although the students passed the grading back in March, they recently received their Kukkiwon certificates from Korea.

During the grading the students had to perform four Poomsae (patterns), one of which the examiner chose on the day. The also had to demonstrate sparring, self defence, show technical moves, basic blocks and kicks, breaking of wood with hands and feet techniques, and more.

Club leader Sharon Ward said: “They all worked so hard for the grading, and it was especially difficult was Tom who was fitting all his training in around work, hockey, his family and rehearsing for local plays/productions, as well as traveling in from East Chinnock.

“James was finishing college and starting work at PGL, and May was revising for mock exams as she is taking her GCSEs next year. Dan had just started Woodroffe.”

Lyme Regis Taekwondo Club will mark its 15th anniversary in January. During this time, six students have qualified as black belts, with another two expected to pass by the end of 2020.

“I am very proud of what my students have achieved, and proud of the club and how it has grown,” Sharon added.

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