Record-breaking teen earns second degree black belt

PROMOTION: Josie Wright (second degree black belt), front left with her certificate, is pictured with Grandmaster In-Hyuk Suh (10th degree). Back row, from left, are his sons Alex (eighth degree) and Sun Jin (ninth degree) as well as Barry Harmon (ninth degree), the highest-ranked non-Korean in the world
PROMOTION: Josie Wright (second degree black belt), front left with her certificate, is pictured with Grandmaster In-Hyuk Suh (10th degree). Back row, from left, are his sons Alex (eighth degree) and Sun Jin (ninth degree) as well as Barry Harmon (ninth degree), the highest-ranked non-Korean in the world
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Thetford teenager Josie Wright, 14, has become the youngest person to receive a second degree black belt in martial art Kuk Sool Won.

She was summoned to attend the Kuk Sool Won UK Championships in Liverpool by Grandmaster 10th degree In-Hyuk Suh and promoted to second degree black belt in front of more than 1,000 people at the weekend.

Wright, who attends Thetford Academy, has been training in the art since she was four years old under the expert tuition of her sixth degree instructor Master Darren Hart.

Kuk Sool Won is a South Korean martial art with roots dating back thousands of years.

Included in its teachings are 24 different weapons, kicking, striking, self-defence, meditation, animal techniques, joint locks, pressure points, body conditioning, throwing, grappling, falling techniques and martial art healing methods.

Above all, it teaches students discipline, respect and fitness.