Black-belt family are chop of the class!

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A PROUD dad and his two sons have notched up a unique martial arts hat-trick.

Garry Thomson and sons Andrew (16) and Jack (11) all gained their black belts at a recent Tae Kwon Do grading.

The Thomsons, from Bishopbriggs, are members of the Kyorugi Tae Kwon Do Club, which is based at the town’s Leisuredrome.

The successful club was set up in 1995 by Brian Johnston with son Brian and daughter Amanda.

Brian junior (28), a 5th Dan black belt, said: “It takes a minimum of three years to get a black belt, but even then there’s no guarantee and you need to train three or four times a week.

“It is becoming increasingly common for young people to get a black belt, but it’s still a fantastic achievement for Jack at the age of just 11.

“It’s great to see an entire family training together as that’s the whole point of the club. We have students from the age of four right up to our oldest member, who is about 68-years-old.”

He added: “Tae Kwon Do is so dynamic and is the fastest of all the martial arts, with jumping, spinning and flying kicks.

“It’s something that everybody can enjoy and is also an Olympic sport.”

Brian’s sister, Amanda (25), is a 2nd Dan black belt.

The family-run club was recently awarded a £100 BT Community Champion Award, which will be used to buy special body armour with sensors to register hits - just like the equipment which will be used at the London Olympics next year.

Brian said: “I’d like to thank BT for the award.

“All funds we raise go straight back into the club to benefit our members.”