Eight stundents at Kuk Sool Won Boston have become first degree black belts.
Javier Quevedo, Reece Chuter, Robert Bryan, Lex Groves, Siddharth Anand, James Pauly, Rodrigo Quevedo and Shirya Arya will now intensify their training as they introduce more weapons knowledge to their skill sets.
Achieving a black belt is no simple task, taking between four and five years, and even longer for some students of the Korean martial art.
To reach this level, students have to learn six forms, 245 techniques, kicks, hand strikes, breakfalls, pressure points and breathing meditation before attending two national testings, one-year apart, where they grade with students from all over the UK in front of Kuk Sool Won Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh.
Grading lasts between three and four hours and, later that day, students learn whether they were successful or not.
If they make the grade then the following day sees them attend a presentation ceremony where promoted students are awardeda certificate (recognised by the Korean Government) and new training suit, trimmed in gold, which signifies trust.
Robert and Lex were very fortunate as they were asked to assist masters in their demonstration.
All new black belts assist in coloured belt classes and train in their own black belt-only class.
Pictured are (from left) Javier Quevedo, Reece Chuter, Robert Bryan, Lex Groves, Siddharth Anand, James Pauly and Rodrigo Quevedo. Shirya Arya is not in the photo.
Kuk Sool Won Boston student Leighton Imeraj returned from Norwich’s European Championships with three medals.
He won gold in forms, silver in techniques and silver in sparring.