Residents get a kick out of club

Students who completed their first grading, with instructors Tom, Melissa and Ian Ball
Students who completed their first grading, with instructors Tom, Melissa and Ian Ball
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Brookenby area residents are getting a real kick out of a new club that has formed in the village’s community centre.

The weekly Taekwondo classes started in January and since then have gone from strength to strength.

Last week, students from six to 16 took their first grading - their yellow tag - and all passed, showing just what can be achieved in a short space of time.

“The progress they have made is exceptional,” said Tom Ball, who runs the classes with Ian and Melissa Ball, all qualified instructors.

“We are all very impressed with what they have achieved and the support their parents give them to get them here.”

And recognised as the best student - from the start of the club to grading day - was Kirsty Cordwell.

This family-run club is a not for profit venture, with classes on Sundays, from 2pm to 3.30pm, for adults and children from the age of six.

The club operates a first class free policy too for people to try out Taekwondo before they officially join.

“Taekwondo is something that looks at the whole being,” said Tom.

“As well as the exercise and health aspect, it also helps with co-ordination, discipline and respect.

“If we can have respect in here for an hour and a half, it helps instil discipline and respect for life in general.”

Future plans for the Brookenby club are to interact more with the Ball family’s main club - Yom Chi Taekwondo in Louth - and also take part in competitions.

To find out more about the club, go along to Brookenby Community Centre on a Sunday afternoon and speak to one of the instructors or log on to www.yomchi.co.uk