European Championships success for martial arts club

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Sudbury Kuk Sool Won returned from the recent European Championships held in King’s Lynn with 25 medals, including eight golds.

The superb haul in the traditional Korean martial art came from 14 students competing over the weekend of May 31 to June 1.

On returning to class the following Sunday, there was no time to catch breath as the 30 students from the school eligible for a full belt testing were put through their paces for three hours of intensive punching, kicking, breakfalling, forms, techniques and woodbreaking.

Each student gave their all and got their rewards, with all of them being promoted.

Matthew Hayward and Jessica Knight achieved the honour of becoming 1st Dan Black belts at just 11-years-old at a National Testing held in King’s Lynn on May 31.

Both joined the Sudbury school as little dragons in 2009.

Head instructor PSBN Dr Karen Smith, who passed her penultimate test for 4th Dan Assistant Master at the same time, said: “The whole school has been incredibly impressed with the shear dedication and determination shown by Matt and Jess, they may only be 11-years-old, but they are already positive role models who prove that a black belt is just a white belt who never quit.”

The class is now looking forward to a well-earned two-day summer camp at Bradfield Park campsite from today where they will participate in masterclass sessions with guest instructors and enjoy archery, BBQs and a campfire.

n For more information about the school, which is based at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre on Sunday evenings, call 07751 932 408 or see www. kuksool.co.uk — beginners are welcome.