Perse martial artists make the black belt grade

From L-R: Amaan Jamil, Dushan Gunawardena, Rebecca Alexander and Lulu Harding with Cambridge Taekwon-do instructor Mirfet Hassan-Spiller

Four Perse students have demonstrated their mastery of martial arts by attaining black belts in taekwon-do.

Amaan Jamil, Dushan Gunawardena (both Upper Sixth), Lulu Harding (Lower Sixth) and Rebecca Alexander (Year 10) achieved the first-degree black belt standard following a gruelling grading exam.

The combative quartet train with Cambridge Taekwon-do having all first got a kick out of the Korean martial art during an after-school club while at the Prep.

To gain black belt status, they underwent a five-hour exam testing a range of skills from sparring, self-defence and destruction to physical fitness, technical knowledge and leadership.

Cambridge Taekwon-do lead instructor Mirfet Hassan-Spiller, who has been coaching the group since their days at the Prep, said: “We put them through a lot on the day to make sure they value what they have achieved and are as proud of themselves as we are of them.

“It takes a lot of commitment and hard work to get to black belt. They’ve seen a lot of their friends come and go, but they’ve stayed and persevered, meeting all the high demands we set as a club.

“We’ve seen them grow from cute little people to strong, confident, skilled and courteous young adults.”

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