MARTIAL ARTS: A MARTIAL arts club is starting them young with a self-styled Tiny Tiger programme - and enjoying roaring success.
Children from four years old have taken their first steps on to the martial arts ladder with Hooks Institute of Tae Kwon-do, based at Upton Community Centre in Widnes.
Five of the class have passed their first gradings under the guidance of the club's founder, senior instructor and chief examiner Master Dave Hook.
Bethany Darcy passed her yellow belt while Alistair Ward, Thomas Bolton, Adam Maddison and Caledon Gaskell gained yellow-tag grades.
Hook, a Fifth Dan, said: 'Our unique Tiny Tiger Programme is designed for four to six-year-olds.
'It offers parents the chance to bring their children along earlier in the day, ensuring the kids can still benefit from doing martial arts without disturbing their sleeping patterns and meal times.
'The best part from the children's point of view is just how much fun the classes really are.
'Our high-energy classes focus children's minds in a clear, positive and productive manner. It is an ideal stepping stone to the Institute's basic programme where children are in a safe and friendly environment.
'I am very pleased with the standard of youngsters and thank Tiny Tiger development coaches Josh Richardson and Elizabeth McKibbin for the hard work.'
For more details on tae kwon-do at Upton Community Centre, telephone Lynne on 0151 510 2883.