A TRIO of top martial arts students is celebrating after being awarded their black belts.
Hartlepool teenagers Luke Richards, 15, Corrie Vickers, 13, and 10-year-old Cameron Healey went to Manchester with their chief instructor for a day-long test with 25 other hopefuls.
They are all members of the North East Tang Soo Do Academy and club bosses are celebrating the promotion of their first under-16 black belts.
Chief instructor Charlie Featherstone said: “I am very proud of the students and I was delighted with their performance on the day.
“They all deserve their promotion.”
It was the second time in four weeks that the trio had travelled to Manchester after taking part in full day assessments before actual tests.
The academy has classes every Monday between 6.30pm-7.30pm at Brougham Primary School, in Brougham Terrace, and every Tuesday and Thursday between 7pm-8pm at Owton Manor School, in Eskdale Road.
There is also a cardio fitness class at The Stranton Centre, in Southburn Terrace, every Wednesday between 7pm-8pm.
The age range for Tang Soo Do is four to seven for the Little Tigers sessions and eight and over for the family class.
The academy has 55 members ranging in age from four to 60 and over.
Members recently appeared in the Mail after completing their annual sponsored walk along the Castle Eden Walkway to raise money for club funds and their nominated charity.
This year organisers chose Help for Heroes to benefit from their efforts and they managed to raise about £400 in sponsorship,
They donated £140 to Help for Heroes, with the rest of the money going towards the club.