Redhill and Reigate school pupils become martial art's youngest third Black Belt holders in the UK (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Redhill and Reigate school pupils become martial art's youngest third Black Belt holders in the UK
10:55am Monday 23rd September 2013 in Local News
Two Redhill and Reigate school pupils have become the youngest in their age group in the UK to achieve their third Black Belts in the martial art of Choi Kwang Do.
Lucas Cushion and Daniel Taylor, both 12, achieved their San Dan, or third Black Belt, in Choi Kwang Do in a three and a half hour-long grading.
Lucas, who goes to St Bede's in Redhill, and Daniel, who goes to Reigate School, started learning the martial art at the Ellis Academy of Martial Arts in Redhill when they were just four years old.
Training for more than three quarters of their lives, they achieved their first black belts in 2008, and their second in September 2010.
A spokesman for the Ellis Academy of Martial Arts said: “The grading lasted an exhausting three and a half hours, but they were well prepared as they had been following a very strict six-months training programme. “The training intensified in the last few weeks, where they were attending five to six classes a week.”
Choi Kwang-Do is based on a Korean traditional martial arts philosophy that emphasises personal and social development, rather than sports competition.
The development of good manners, courtesy, self-discipline, self-confidence, and good social adjustment are considered primary objectives of the art, along with the development of practical self-defence skills.