MEMBERS of Worcester Riverside Taekwondo Club is celebrating after one of its members was awarded his black belt.

Jake Munden-Bright, aged 13, was one of the club’s first members to join the club when it opened at St John’s Sport Centre in 2017 – and he has achieved his award the hard way.

His grading was delayed due to Covid but he continued to train throughout lockdown via Zoom and outdoors until club members were allowed to return indoors.

The determined youngster gritted his teeth to keep training even after he had broken his elbow following an accident riding home from school.

His instructor, Maresha Grewal, is now a 3rd Dan and, like Jake, passed her 1st Dan when she was aged just 13.

Maresha attended the University of Worcester, from where she graduated in 2019, and has recently passed her Masters in Sport Research.

The club operates four days a week across Worcester, Upton-Upon-Severn and Malvern.

It offers a warm welcome to new and returning members – there is even the incentive of a first lesson for free.

For further information about the instructors or the club, search for Worcester Riverside Taekwondo Club on Facebook or search online for Worcester’s Riverside Taekwondo Club TAGB.