Youngsters earn their spurs at Onchan

MAKING THE GRADE: Students of Manx Taekwondo receive their belts after a recent grading by 7th Dan Master Ian Lennox

MAKING THE GRADE: Students of Manx Taekwondo receive their belts after a recent grading by 7th Dan Master Ian Lennox

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MANX Taekwondo Club students turned in some promotion-earning performances during a recent grading at Onchan Primary School.

To successfully earn their next belt, students must perform a series of tasks to prove to the examiner that they are ready to progress. Master Ian Lennox, 7th Dan British Taekwondo Technical Director, was on the island to judge the performances. The three-day grading for students of Manx Taekwondo Douglas and Onchan Trinity clubs began on Friday with white belt and green tag students facing their tests. On Saturday it was the turn of the green belts through to black belts. Ten students also took part in a black belt seminar as part of their preparation to be tested to earn their belts over the next few months.

All the successful students were presented with their new belts and British Taekwondo certificates in a ceremony afterwards. Instructor for both clubs, Rod Nielsen, said: ‘Everyone worked very hard as usual and it made me very proud of them. It’s wonderful we have so many students approaching their black belts.’

After being spotted at a recent tournament, Manx Taekwondo Club student Ian Bangayan is currently at a three-week intensive camp where he is training with representatives of Team GB.

‘It’s great for the island that one of our local students has been chosen for this,’ commented Nielson, ‘It’s a brilliant opportunity for Ian to train with the best in the country and he will only improve from the experience’.

Nielsen thanked all the parents, families and friends who attended the grading for their help.Potential taekwondo students of any age and experience are always welcome. Please contact Rod Nielsen on 07624 436181 or visit the club’s Facebook page for more information on club sessions.

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