MARTIAL ARTS: A CREWE tae kwon-do instructor has trained his 55th pupil to black belt status.
Young Jack Robinson is latest in a string of people talented in the Korean martial art to reach the coveted standard under the tutelage of Leslie Wright.
Jack, 12, has trained hard for years alongside fellow members of the Tae Kwon-do 2000 club, which is based at King's Grove School.
He was joined by Sheila Greenall, who passed her third dan assessment, Brian Macrury, who got fourth dan, and Kathryn Wright, who became a second dan at a black belt grading test held in Bristol.
Leslie, who is a fifth dan black belt himself, said: 'This is a great result for the club where we now have 17 black belts training with us. Jack is the 55th person I have taught to black belt. 'All four of them did really well. They have to train very hard over a long period of time, and some had to take various courses to become qualified in umpiring and refereeing.
'They have all reached a very good standard.'
Super sisters Linzi and Carron Hall have become the first Ju-Jitsu black belts at a popular Crewe club.
The teenagers have studied under instructor Alan Clarke since the Crewe Ju-Jitsu Club, based at St Barnabas Church Hall, opened five years ago.
The club has gone from strength to strength over the years, now boasting around 30 members, but the talented sisters are the first to reach black belt standard.
Mr Clarke, who reached fifth dan status himself and also runs two clubs in Northwich, said: 'I am very proud of the girls because they have put in a lot of effort over the years and really stuck it out. It is very tough to get to this standard.'
Tae Kwon-do 2000 meets between 6.45-8pm at King's Grove School on Mondays and Thursdays.
Sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays are also available, at St Mary's Church House, Nantwich, between 5.30-6.30pm for youngsters, and between 6.45-8pm for adults.
For more information, contact Leslie Wright on 01270 665868 or 07929 110224.
For more details on Crewe Ju-Jitsu Club, contact Mr Clarke on 01606 784654.