TWO youngsters from Leek's PUMA/New Century Taekwon-Do school have gained black belts.
They are Anthony Knight, aged 19, and Sam Lloyd, who is 11.
Instructor Denis Salt said: "Sam may still be young in years but through his taekwon-do, he has gained the maturity and confidence of an adult.
"He enjoys helping others and always comes early every Friday to assist with junior grades.
"Anthony, who was 14 when he joined, has also gained much from his taekwon-do. It has given him something positive and useful to focus on. He now has a black belt from one of the top associations in the world, instead of wasting his teenage years, like some do."
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Jenna Baxter from the Fenton school – who helps out at Leek – has passed her assistant instructor's course with distinction.
Jenna still finds time to attend all national squads and last month won bronze at the 5th Holland Cup, held in the Dutch town of Pijnacker.
The following from the North Staffordshire schools received their new belts and certificates at PUMA's annual presentation evening, held in Swindon:
Instructors receiving certificates
Jenna Baxter (distinction)
New Century Taekwon-Do holds classes for all ages. For more details, contact Dennis Salt on 01538 308481 or 07850 585148.