MARTIAL ARTS: SIX members of Richard Saunders' schools of Tae kwon-do have achieved the distinction of passing their first-degree black belts while another two have achieved their second degree.
All the students took their grading under the watchful eye of seventh-degree instructors in the Tae kwon-do Association of Great Britain Grading Academy in Bristol.
The awards signify a long road to success, the first-degree black belts training for four years and the second degrees training for seven years in the popular Korean martial art.
The students, Thomas Hosker, 14, Liam Doyle, 14, Peggy Flood, 39, Chris Bunn, 30, Philip Jones, 50, Alex Stear, 28, Dave Sheppard, 44, and 40-year-old Mike Mason received their belts and certificates from club instructor Richard Saunders, who said: 'The students prepared well for their grading and have shown excellent perseverance within the art to obtain their goal.
'As you can see by the variety of ages here, Tae kwon-do is a martial art that all can enjoy and succeed in whatever your ability or age.
'I am especially pleased for Philip Jones, who has failed his grading twice before. Most students would have given it up, but Philip kept going.' Anyone wishing to know more about Tae kwon-do in the Chester and Wirral area can contact Richard Saunders on 0151 512 6521 or visit the club website on www.chestertkd.co.uk