First Year student, Alastair Strathearn, was recently awarded a black belt certificate, after grading for his Choi Kwang Do EE Dan (second degree) black belt in the summer.

The certificate came all the way from the US, where it was signed by Grand Master Choi – the founder and head of the martial arts organisation.

Alastair is the only child at his martial arts school to achieve his second degree black belt, and it is a huge achievement as very few adults who practise Choi Kwang Do reach that level. He has been training in the martial art since he was five and he achieved his first black belt aged nine.

Congratulations also go to Third Year student, Mattia Reuter, who has achieved his first degree black belt. Well done to both boys!

Choi Kwang Do is a martial art developed which relies more on flexibility and fluidity of movement as opposed to the more rigid lines of some other martial arts. To achieve this it employs yoga-based stretching to develop flexibility.


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