Matt earns his black belt

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 15 June 2010

Matt Cozens, of the Axminster Evolution Tae Kwon Do Club, has successfully achieved his black belt.

Matt Cozens, of the Axminster Evolution Tae Kwon Do Club, has successfully achieved his black belt, enduring a three hour grading examination in front of a panel of seven senior black belts. He had to show the full extent of his past five year training, which included patterns, self defence, sparring, breaking boards and an oral exam on the history of Tae Kwon Do.Gareth Price, the club's chief instructor, said "Martial Arts comes naturally to Matt as he is very athletic and his kicking techniques are of a high standard. He is dedicated to the club and his tenacity and perseverance has resulted in a black belt. Since the age of 17, Matt has developed his confidence and self discipline which will hold him in good stead for the future." Matt, pictured inset, is now studying towards his second dan black belt.Gareth Price, the 3rd Dan instructor of Axminster Evolution Tae Kwon Do Club which takes in students from the Axminster and Lyme Regis area, is delighted that all of his students passed their recent colour belt Gradings.They put in three months of serious training, involving perseverance, determination and self discipline, and had to perform in front of a panel of five senior black belts who ensured that the high standards of Evolution Tae Kwon Do schools were maintained.Pictured are, from left: Chief Instructor Gareth Price, Sam Waddon, Nathan Land, Ashley McLean, Myah Pengilly, Ethan Pengilly, Steve Sampson, Liam Reed, Gary Crook, Patrick McGuire, Jordan Armstrong, Isobel Minshall, Finlay McLean, Leanne Babb, Liam McLean and black belt Carly Sampson.For further information please contact: Gareth Price. Telephone 01297 32991 (Axminster); Robert Edwards 07779 715179 (Bridport); Chris Smith 01460 65557 (Chard).

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