A TRIO of karate kids from Hebburn made all the right moves to achieve black belt glory.
Connor McLeod, 10, and Sophie Adams and Isaac Brown, both nine, all recently gained their first Dan black belts, after training hard for three years at Hartleyburn Karate Club, based at Hartleyburn Community Centre in Crawley Square, Hebburn.
Club karate instructor Ronnie Branson said: “All three have done exceptionally well, because they are very young to have gained their first Dan black belts. But they have worked hard since joining the club three years ago and they deserve their success.
“It has taken them several years to reach the grade of first Dan black belt.
“All three students have practised twice a week, but also put in a lot of extra training over the last few months, leading to the grading.”
Mr Branson started the Hebburn club about 20 years ago and now has more than 30 young students on the books, most from South Tyneside.
He added: “I think these are the youngest students I have had gaining first Dan black belts, which is really something of an achievement at their ages.
“All three are very talented, but it is also down to the hard work they have put in. They have really grafted.”
Mr Branson, 48, did not get interested in karate until he was 27, and was in his 30s before he gained his own first Dan black belt.
Hartleyburn Karate Club will close this week for the Christmas holiday, but will resume on January 6. A beginners’ class will be launched next month, between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Sundays and 5pm to 6pm on Mondays.
Call Ronnie Branson on 549 0370 for more details.