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Policeman wins martial arts award

PUBLISHED: 10:14 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:50 12 July 2010

A high-kicking police community support officer has scooped a top award at his local martial arts club.

Nic Kegge of the Mid Suffolk North safer neighbourhood team has been awarded black belt of the year at the Kuk Sool Won club based at Hartismere High School in Eye.

A high-kicking police community support officer has scooped a top award at his local martial arts club.

Nic Kegge of the Mid Suffolk North safer neighbourhood team has been awarded black belt of the year at the Kuk Sool Won club based at Hartismere High School in Eye.

Kuk Sool Won, which can be translated as Korean National Martial Arts Association, is a systematic study of all the traditional fighting arts, which together comprise the martial arts history of the Korean nation.

It has a large syllabus involving self defence techniques, traditional forms, kicks, punches, wood breaking, sparring, weapons practice for black belts and above and break falls.

The award is given out yearly to the black belt who has contributed most to the club during the year.

PCSO Kegge said: “My main role at the club is now coaching students who range from five years to over 60.

“This year the club entered thirteen competitors in the world championships in Houston, Texas and won several medals.

“We were also successful in the UK and European championships which were held in King's Lynn and Solihull. One student in particular at the club has won the overall grade championship for her age group in all three competitions.

“I have been at the club since the age of twelve, and this year gained my third degree black belt in June.

“I have competed in several competitions during the years at the club and have travelled to Korea, America and Spain in order to do this.I believe that being a part of a club such as this is a good idea for any person as it helps with self-confidence, fitness and also teaches respect and etiquette from a young age.”

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