Nine students from the Goulburn Martial Arts Academy taekwondo program earned their first degree and second degree black belts on Saturday, June 29.
Their grading took five and a half hours and aspects assessed included breaks, 15 rounds of sparring and all the fundamentals and theories.
The five students that received their first degree belts and the four that received their second degree had been training for between four to six years, with one having trained for 12.
One of the coaches at the Goulburn Martial Arts Academy Bruce Harmer was extremely pleased with the results.
"It was a really good effort," Harmer said.
Madison Cowie, who is now the highest ranked female at academy feels she has learned a lot from coach Craig Harmer.
"Craig's a really good coach," Madison said.
"He is very encouraging and has helped me a lot with my self confidence,".
Thomas Harmer, Craig's son, is 15 years old and could not thank his father enough.
"Dad has had a massive influence on me," Thomas said.
"He built up my confidence and life skills."
He loves taekwondo because of the social aspect as well as the skills he learns.
"My favourite thing is meeting up with my friends and learning new movements," he said.
These achievements come after a couple of the students at the Goulburn Martial Arts Academy received Ray Harvey Grants a couple of months ago.
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