Fa­ther and son achieve black belt sta­tus

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A FA­THER and son who are stu­dents at the White Tiger Mar­tial Arts Academy based at the Wheat­pieces Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Tewkes­bury have been pro­moted to first de­gree Black Belts (1st Dan) af­ter a grad­ing in Craw­ley.

Fin­lay Coleman, 14, and his dad An­drew have been train­ing in Taek­won-do for more than four years.

They had to per­form var­i­ous dis­ci­plines that in­cluded ad­vanced leg and hand tech­niques, set spar­ring com­bi­na­tions, free spar­ring, grap­pling and pat­terns (at­tack and de­fence com­bi­na­tions in var­i­ous direc­tions), break­ing boards and tiles plus a the­ory test to en­sure a good knowl­edge of Taek­won-do.

Their in­struc­tor Paul Wanklyn, 5 th Dan, said: “It was a spe­cial mo­ment for me and my wife Jill (also an In­struc­tor) to see Fin­lay and Andy ob­tain their black belts.

“They have worked very hard to achieve their grades and we’re ex­tremely proud of them.

“It’s not easy to at­tain black belt and Fin­lay had to wait some time, per­se­ver­ing through some set­backs.

“I’ve watched them both grow into com­pe­tent mar­tial artists over the past four years and they’ve over­come a num­ber of bar­ri­ers to get there.

“Their ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and per­se­ver­ance is out­stand­ing, they are a credit to them­selves.”

To en­rol for free ses­sions at White Tiger Mar­tial Arts, call 07722 584919 or 07488 333973, e-mail info@whitetiger-tkd.com or go to white-tiger-tkd. com.

Fin­lay Coleman, 14, and his dad An­drew

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