MARTIAL ARTS: FOUR students from West Kirby Tae Kwon-do were celebrating after they made the grade in their black belt assessment.
The quartet travelled to the main headquarters of the Tae kwon-do Association of Great Britain in Bristol to take part in the grading. All of them had been training hard since WKTKD first opened on March 2 2000 and they were the first from the club to take the test.
The black belt grading comprised sparring, patterns, floor techniques and a theory test on the history of the art.
Jason Rodd the instructor said: "As these were the first of my students to take their black belts, I was just as nervous as they were on the day. They all performed to a very high standard and I am proud to say they all achieved their black belts (1st Dan)." They will now travel to Derby where Mr Brian Towndrow 6th Dan will present them with their certificates.
Meanwhile WKTKD invited Master Willie Lim, an eighth Dan Black belt in ITF Tae Kwon-do, to do a seminar for all the local TAGB schools.
Master Lim is one of the most influential and knowledgeable martial artists in the world today. He specialises in learning how to analyse a pattern/kata and relate it to realistic self-defence. He travelled from Arizona to host a workshop for 50 children and adults.
All the students enjoyed this experience and practising the new moves introduced by Master Lim, who was so impressed with the students' enthusiasm, he has asked to come back in March 2004. nAnyone wanting more information about TKD then contact Jason on 07879 614 098 or visit www.wktkd.com