Jasmine a black belt at 10!

PUBLISHED: 11:56 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

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Jasmine Griffiths

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By ADAM LAZZARI WISBECH taekwon-do student Jasmine Griffiths became a black belt at just 10 years of age. She is the youngest member of the Carter School of Taekwon-do to achieve a black belt for 12 years. Peter Loveday, from Terrington St John, was award

By ADAM LAZZARI

WISBECH taekwon-do student Jasmine Griffiths became a black belt at just 10 years of age.

She is the youngest member of the Carter School of Taekwon-do to achieve a black belt for 12 years.

Peter Loveday, from Terrington St John, was awarded the belt 12 years ago, when he was a few months older than Jasmine, who has just turned 11.

International instructor and examiner Tony Carter said: "To achieve a black belt in any martial art is a fine achievement but to do it at such a young age is quite remarkable."

Jasmine was awarded her black belt at Downham Market Sports Centre last month.

She performed a series of patterns and foot movements as well as various different types of sparring.

She also had to perform various kicking and striking techniques and smash a 22.5mm piece of redwood with her foot.

Mr Carter said: "It's very rare to black belt at such a young age. People may think that I gave Jasmine an easy time because I was assessing her but that's not the case and I never pass students unless they display the necessary skills, attitude, discipline and behaviour. She fully deserves this honour.

"I expect her to go on to compete in national competitions."

Jasmine took up taekwon-do six years ago and her sister Jade has been doing it for four years.

Jade is also heading towards the senior belt category, having achieved a red tag at her last grading.

She was a gold medallist at the Norfolk Open Championships two months ago.

Carter School of Taekwon-do members train at the Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings between 6-7 pm.


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