New belts won at grading

PUBLISHED: 10:30 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

MARTIAL ARTS: HARD on the heels of their success at the South West Championships, where they won six gold medals, six silver and two bronze, the Exmouth, Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary Tae Kwon Do clubs combined to take part in a grading exam.

MARTIAL ARTS: HARD on the heels of their success at the South West Championships, where they won six gold medals, six silver and two bronze, the Exmouth, Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary Tae Kwon Do clubs combined to take part in a grading exam.

Out of 25 students, all passed, nine gaining plus or above-average passes, and seven obtained A or excellent standard.

Guy Southard, a fourth dan black belt and club instructor, was pleased with his pupils' progress. "It's an experience that benefits the young and old alike," said Southard.

"It can be nerve wracking to be tested in front of other people but, as most of my students compete at national level, they are used to overcoming nerves.

"They earn their belts through hard work and self discipline.

"A belt gained like that is worth having. It really is a personal achievement and, with more than 33 per cent above-average passes at this recent grading, well above the national average."

For more information on TAGB Tae Kwon Do classes contact Southard on 07771 863890.

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