THREE students from the Basingstoke TAGB (Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain)Tae Kwon-Do club, based in Costello School, travelled to the TAGB headquarters in Bristol to take their black belt grading.

To qualify they needed to have trained for a minimum of three and a half years and must have passed a pre-grading.

It was a very special on this occasion because all three were from the same family. Karl Hughes and his two eldest sons Will and Dominic graded together and all the hard work paid off.

The test included a series of punches, strikes, kicks, complicated hand techniques, along with theory and sparring too. The students also had to show off their accuracy, dexterity, power, speed, skill and commitment in front of six Grand Masters who make up the TAGB committee all of whom are ninth degree black belts.

Tae Kwon-Do is a form of unarmed combat helping children and adults improve their concentration, fitness, focus and self belief. It’s easy to start and the rewards can be truly amazing for all especially children.

Please feel free to get in touch with Martyn Green (instructor) on 07774 757674 or visit the website

First few lessons are free, so why not come along and in a few years this article could be about you.