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Kids show off their kicks at a martial arts exam in Bracknell

Published: 5 Mar 2014 15:000 comments

Youngsters showed off their martial arts moves as they fought their way to their first belt.

Blake McWhinnie, seven, Selina Weston, nine, and Harry Mauger, seven, show off their Defence Lab grading wristbands. Below, the adults and junior groups from Defence Lab

Defence Lab, based at Bracknell Leisure Centre, had its very first children’s grading, after starting the younger classes in October, 2013.

People from both the adult and child classes moved up, with 14 children getting their first belt and 13 adults moving towards their first, second or third.

Children as young as four took part, and Tom Ward, 14, one of the youngest boys in the adult class, said: “I would never have thought to use these techniques to defend myself if I didn’t come here. In certain situations, I feel calm instead of scared and more confident that I’d know what to do if someone tried to attack me.”

There are 16 belts in total in the mixed martial arts class, and the young group had to show off five ‘drills’, or defences, at the examination on Saturday.

A free one-week trial is also available for anyone who wants to give it go, contact Defence Lab for more information.

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