Black belts in the family

There are three new black belts at Bungay Taekwondo Club after a gruelling examination held in Coventry over the weekend.

Logan Bedingfield (22), George Crickmore (16) and Adam Sloan (13) all performed superbly in front of Master Oldham and other senior Dan grades to be awarded their coveted black belt.

They all had to perform patterns, demonstrate techniques, perform free sparring and set sparring techniques, answer theory questions and submit a written thesis.

Logan also had to perform several destruction techniques as he had to complete the adult syllabus, one of which involves breaking an inch-thick pine board at seven feet, which he smashed easily first time.

Adam did especially well as he is an autistic child and has overcome significant obstacles in his quest to achieve his 1st Dan.


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Mum and Dad, who are also black belts at the club, were immensely proud of his achievement and it makes them the first family in the club to all gain black belts.

George has balanced his A-level studies alongside his training and has started to help out in the school extra-curricular club held on Wednesdays, demonstrating true commitment and dedication.

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These three students passing takes the black belt tally at the club to 12 since it opened in 2003, and Clinton Gillett said: “I really think these guys deserved to get their belts they train hard, have shown great determination, dedication and most of all are very respectful and eager to learn.”

The club, which trains at Bungay High School every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm is getting ready for its last grading and end-of-year party.

But if you want to come along and have a go at this Olympic martial art then just pop into the main hall or contact Clinton on 01986 892140. It is suitable for everyone, male and female, from seven years old to 70.

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