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Elliott Yung becomes Bishop’s Stortford Taekwon-do’s youngest black belt at age of nine





Elliott Yung has become Bishop’s Stortford Taekwon-do’s youngest black belt at the age of nine.

He was one of four successful club members at the recent black belt grading in Daventry alongside Aedan Page, 12, Kiara Georgieva, 14, and 39-year-old Jodie Roffey.

Yung, Page and Georgieva all tested for first dan while Roffey went for second dan having achieved first dan two years ago.

Roffey will be taking her full instructor and umpire exams later in the year.

The quartet were put through their paces in front of the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain’s committee of grand masters on all aspects of the martial art, including floor work, set sparring, competition-style free sparring, patterns (forms), Korean terminology and history.

Dan gradings also include breaking boards and power tests with hands and feet.

Back row, from left, Kiara Georgieva, instructor Colin Mowatt, Aedan Page, instructors John Anderson and Martin Yung; front row, Jodie Roffey and Elliott Yung
Back row, from left, Kiara Georgieva, instructor Colin Mowatt, Aedan Page, instructors John Anderson and Martin Yung; front row, Jodie Roffey and Elliott Yung

“All trained for many years leading up to the grading, often training three or four times a week, and fully deserved to be rewarded with their new belts,” said instructor Colin Mowatt, fifth dan.

“Elliott, just nine years old, is now the youngest of our 29 black belts, whose ages range from nine to 67. Taekwondo is one of the few martial arts suitable for all ages, as shown by the wide age range of our students.

“All students in the photo attend classes alongside at least two other family members, proving taekwondo is one of the few activities families can enjoy together.”

Ahead of the club’s black belt grading success, 27 students attended and passed a quarterly coloured belt grading in Harlow. All 10 of the club’s new members received A or plus passes.

The club holds training sessions at Parsonage Community Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Free trial classes are being offered to new students as well as family discounts. See www.bstkd.uk to find out more.



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