Clydesdale group are all black belts

Scotia TKD black belts'L-R'Paul Codona (12), Alex marshall (12) and James McNair (12)'Carluke'4/4/13
Scotia TKD black belts'L-R'Paul Codona (12), Alex marshall (12) and James McNair (12)'Carluke'4/4/13

NO fewer than FOUR 12-year-old Clydesdale youngsters attained their taekwon-do first degree black belts at a recent grading in West Lothian.

Scotia TKD students James McNair, Alex Marshall, Paul Codona and John Dunne – all taught by David Condie at Carluke’s Castlehill Industrial Estate – earned their belts at Seafield Community Centre.

James’s mum Arlene Paterson, of Carluke, said that her boy was “absolutely over the moon” to get his first degree black belt.

She added: “It’s fantastic that James is a black belt at such a young age and has also been a British champion twice.

“He has been doing taekwon-do since the age of five and these are three major achievements in his life already.”

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