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Students from Long Sutton and Spalding pass Belt Grading

Mark Farnham Schools of Taekwando held their annual Colour Belt Grading this month, with all of its 67 students graduating, including nine who passed their Black Belt Star gradings.

The gradings were conducted by 9th Dan Taekwondo Grand Masters from around the country who each have more than 45 years of experience in the martial art.

To take part in a grading, a student needs to have worked for an allotted time and be up to a good standard for the grade they are taking.

Students all start at white belt and work through yellow, green, blue and red belt grades until they are ready to aim for their black belts, which they take in front of a panel of five 9th Dan Grand Master examiners.

Getting to this stage takes a minimum of three and a half years, but four years is more common depending on how well a student progresses.

All the students from Mark Farnham Schoolswho passed the examination will receive their grades and belts at sessions in the coming week.

The results from Long Sutton were: graduating on the first Kup - Tabitha Cook, graduating on the fourth Kup - Inca Bernasconi-Brown and Kayleigh Snapes, from the seventh Kup - Diego Bernasconi, from the eighth Kup - Dexter Campbell and from the ninth Kup - Lucy Wilkinson, Max Wilkinson and Robert Wilkinson.

Meanwhile, the results from Spalding were: graduating the third kup was Rosin Williams, graduating the fourth kup was Isabel Bowser, the fifth kup was both Madison Kenealy and Kristofers Zauerhagens, and from the ninth kup was Max Brownsword.

Overall, a total of more than 14,500 students have now passed colour belt gradings with the schools in the last 33 years.

Anyone interested in learning Martial Arts and Tae Kwon-Do should contact Mark Farnham on 07771 644460, or visit www.mftkd.co.uk

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