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Bishop's Stortford Taekwon-do holds largest-ever grading after lockdown with 68 students earning new belts




Nadia Slomczynska and Jodie Roffey were the stars of the day when Bishop's Stortford Taekwon-do held their first belt test of the year.

It was the club's largest-ever grading following a challenging period since the lockdown, with 68 students earning their new belts and 15 allowed to double grade as the two previous gradings had been cancelled.

And Slomczynska, seven, and Roffey earned special praise as they won the junior and adult best grading awards respectively with top A passes.

From left, Nadia Slomczynska, her brother Oliver Slomczynski and John Anderson (42620599)
From left, Nadia Slomczynska, her brother Oliver Slomczynski and John Anderson (42620599)

The club, who train at the Parsonage Community Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, also held its first black belt grading of the year and Oliver Slomczynski, 10, achieved first degree while John Anderson, 49, got fourth degree.

Instructor Colin Mowatt said: "We managed to retain most of our students during lockdown by keeping active with online video content, competitions and challenges on our club Facebook group every day for over two months.

"Eventually, from mid-June, we were able to offer small outdoor classes and in August we were allowed to train inside.

Jodie Roffey (42620601)
Jodie Roffey (42620601)

"We have added extra classes and training days allowing all of our 120 students to attend regular classes."



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