King’s Lynn and Downham Market martial arts students make the grade

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The Mark Farnham Schools of Tae Kwon-Do have been established since November 1987, and four times a year students within the 14 Mark Farnham Schools have the opportunity to take part in Colour Belt Grading examinations.

These are conducted by 8th Dan Tae Kwon-Do Masters from around the country, who each have over 40 years’ Tae Kwon Do experience.

To take part in a grading a student needs to have worked for an allotted time and be up to a good standard for the grade they are taking.

Students all start at White belt and work though Yellow, Green, Blue and Red belt grades until they are ready to aim for their Black Belts which they take at Bristol in front of a panel of four, 8th Dan Examiners and a 9th Dan Grandmaster, to get to this stage will take a minimum of 3 ½ years but 4 years is more common depending on how well a student progresses.

The Mark Farnham Schools have their gradings at Providence Street Youth Centre, Lynn.

Gradings are held on Sundays and start with a one hour training session where the student runs through the requirements for their grading, and then they take part in their grading session.

The Grading on July 12 saw 137 of our students attend the four gradings on the day and achieved a 100 per cent pass rate. Some children down to the age of 4 years were taking part. The examiner was Master Brian Towndrow 8th Dan.

Results, Downham - Blue Stripe: Sera Hazard. Green Belt: Adam Traylen, Mark Traylen. Green Stripe: Ryan Dunphy. Yellow Belt: Lucy Carter, Daniel Putman.

Lynn - Black Stripe: Harry Russell A Pass, Tristan Ward. Red Stripe: Jason Fitzgerald, Alaina Hardy A Pass. Blue Belt: Matthew Coe, Arturs Danilovs, Oliver Wright. Blue Stripe: Ryan Kirby, Isabelle Scott, Oliver Sparks, William Tuck. Green Belt: Joshua Bunting, Harrison Clayton, Mark Fitzgerald, Suzanna Fitzgerald. Green Stripe: Justas Antanavicius, Spencer Dawes, Arminas Janulionis, Poppy Riley A Pass, Nicholas Todhunter. Yellow Belt: Akvile Jonusaite, Arvaidas Kupcxunas, Aristejas Spirius, Harvey Todhunter. Yellow Stripe: Daniel Lavrenov A Pass, Jayden McEwan, Brittany Wheeler A Pass.