Youngsters from a Morpeth martial arts club are fighting fit after seven of them became the first from the junior section to win the coveted black belt.
Morpeth Ju-Jitsu Club’s Joe Smart, Eleanor Wheeler, Rioghan Bruce, Lee Scade, Adam Ormston, Ahilya Murkunde and Will Richardson all gained their black belt after passing the final test at the national gradings in Chesterfield.
They had to display all their expertise and skills to gain top marks, which came after years of studying the ancient Ju-Jitsu techniques and completing nine different belt grades.
Now they will be continuing their Ju-Jitsu studies under the watchful eye of tutors Sensei Dorothy Adamson and Sensei Stephen Eglitis.
The pair said: “Well done to everyone on passing. They thoroughly deserve it after all the hard work and effort they’ve put in over the last few years.
“Ju-Jitsu is a fantastic and fun sport for youngsters. It helps to build self-confidence, improves health and fitness and is a great way to make new friends.”
Anyone interested in learning the sport can join the Morpeth Ju-Jitsu Club, which meets on Wednesday night at Morpeth Leisure Centre. For details contact Stephen Eglitis on 0191 455 9291.