Broadclyst family's triple black belt award

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 November 2009 | UPDATED: 00:34 16 June 2010

Meg, Jake and Sandie Hardcastle who all earned their black belts.

Meg, Jake and Sandie Hardcastle who all earned their black belts.

It has been an eventful few weeks for TAGB Tae Kwon Do instructor, Chloe Lock.

It has been an eventful few weeks for TAGB Tae Kwon Do instructor, Chloe Lock, with four students attending the Black Belt grading in Bristol, preparing 19 students for their coloured belt grading at Honiton, attending the Southern Championships at Salisbury along with eight students and preparing for the British Championships in Cardiff next week end.

One of the highlights was when Master Michael Dew 8th Dan told Lock that Chloe Hodder, from Kilmington, and Sandie, Jake and Meg Hardcastle, from Broadclyst, had been promoted to 1st degree Black Belts.

Students have to train regularly twice weekly for a minimum of three and a half years before they can take their Black Belt. It's the first time Chloe has had a family take their black belts at the same time. She said: "Sandie truly deserves this promotion as she has battled with arthritis in her hips and arms and has had to take time off for recovery from several operations along the way. She has not only encouraged her own teenage children to keep going, but also found time to encourage peers at Broadclyst school.

"She sets a wonderful example to others, giving 100 per cent at all times and always with a smile; it is my hope she will go on and take the instructors' course next year."

The coloured belt grading was successful for all 19 students from Honiton and Broadclyst. Three students achieved an A pass, Tracey Kitcher, Kiko Keighery and Andy Hart and Andy received the grading award, keeping it in the family as both Thomas and Rebecca were previous recipients.

Charlie Pearson, 7, from Broadhembury, was awarded a bronze trophy for sparring recently at the Southern Championships, as was his sister Becky, 10, and Kevin Harris from Honiton

Kiko Keighery, 8, from Whimple really earned her silver trophy for patterns as it was a large category and she was in the play offs and had to perform it three times.

Older brother, Conor, 14, is a keen competitor at tournaments and won his first trophies in sparring since becoming a black belt in April this year. He won silver in both individual and team sparring.

It was 16-year-old Martin Morgan's first competition in six months, having been unable to train through injury and, despite not being back to full fitness, he managed to secure Bronze. Martin was competing in the men's black belt division for the first time and was up against some very experienced competitors who were 15 years his senior.

Martin is sponsored by Jazz Apples, after the company spent months scouring the country searching for Britain's top sporting talents and was provided with £1,500 sponsorship to aid athletic development. Martin has his sights on the 2010 World championships and the 2012 Olympics.

Instructor Chloe Lock was back on form in her first tournament for 20 months, having had a baby, and won Gold in individual ladies' black belt sparring and silver in team sparring.

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