Students make the grade

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LOCAL kickboxing students were put through their paces at their quarterly grading.

Students from Hurricanes Kickboxing Academy based in Featherstone and Rothwell (pictured) were put through a three-hour physical exam to graduate to the next belt grade. The students were examined on their ability to defend themselves, how effective their punches and kicks were executed, their physical fitness and stamina and their knowledge on the aspects of kickboxing and self defence.

The younger students were also tested on their confidence and concentration.

Eighth Kyu red belts, which is the first stage, were awarded to James Halman, Sean Scase, Ashleigh Luty, Tyler Luty, Fletcher Horncastle, Ellis Horncastle, Tiegan Horncastle, Andrew Richards and Harry Lawlor.

Seventh Kyu yellow belts were awarded to Chloe Wilson, Clare Wilson, Lynsey Marshall, Abigail Smith, Keian-Lee Smith, Logan Dunn, Harlie Orr, Tom Orr and Alicia-mai Lynch.

Ross Chalmers graduated to sixth Kyu orange belt, Jordan Wiles fifth Kyu Green, Jordan Rycroft fourth Kyu Purple and 15-year-old Brendon Lawn took himself to within just two grades off his black belt by graduating for second Kyu brown Belt.

Awards were also given out to James Halman for the best infant grader, Jordan Wiles best junior and Andrew Richards best senior grade.

Brendon Lawn showed a lot of grit and determination and stood out to be awarded best overall grader.

The club is now taking on new students. For more details visit