Black belts for two young­sters at club

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

A PAIR of mar­tial arts stu­dents from a Hinck­ley club have beat the odds to at­tain Black Belt grad­ing.

Luke Jones from Hinck­ley and Sa­man­tha Gut­teridge from Broughton Ast­ley have mas­tered the art of Tae Kwon Do, over­com­ing ma­jor chal­lenges to prove their ex­cel­lence.

They both train at Hinck­ley Tae Kwon Do Club, which is held at Dorothy Good­man School Mid­dle­field in Lane, on Tues­day evenings.

Sarah Ginger, in­struc­tor at the club, said: “I’m very proud of them.

“Both of them have man­aged to over­come var­i­ous health is­sues to achieve this.”

Luke, 10, broke his femur ver­ti­cally in 2015, and was ad­vised he would never prac­tise Tae Kwon Do again, but af­ter nu­mer­ous op­er­a­tions he was able to over­come the in­jury.

He also has a big pas- sion for cy­cling and com­petes reg­u­larly in races.

Sa­man­tha started Tae Kwon Do more than 30 years ago, but as she kept stop­ping and start­ing she never reached her Black Belt.

She has also strug­gled to keep her weight down, but man­aged to lose over five stone since join­ing Slim­ming World, which drove her on to reach her goal of at­tain­ing her Black Belt.

The pair went to Bris­tol to take the fi­nal test.

Luke Jones from Hinck­ley and Sa­man­tha Gut­teridge from Broughton Ast­ley have achieved a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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