Father and son achieve black belt status
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 email@example.com or go to white-tiger-tkd. com.
Finlay Coleman, 14, and his dad Andrew