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Ducker joins the elite with award

PUBLISHED: 10:35 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 05 July 2010

A LOCAL Martial arts instructor has just received a prestigious award that makes him one of only six people in the country to have achieved the notable level of 6th degree Black Belt, in the traditional Korean Martial Art of Kuk Sool Won

Martin Ducker has continuously practiced the Korean martial art for over three decades and also runs a successful club at Waterlane Sports Centre, which is now in its twenty-second year.

A LOCAL Martial arts instructor has just received a prestigious award that makes him one of only six people in the country to have achieved the notable level of 6th degree Black Belt, in the traditional Korean Martial Art of Kuk Sool Won

Martin Ducker has continuously practiced the Korean martial art for over three decades and also runs a successful club at Waterlane Sports Centre, which is now in its twenty-second year.

To gain this achievement Ducker had to complete many rigorous tests, with each exam lasting over three hours and had to perform privately in front of the organisations founder, Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh.

Last week Ducker travelled along with his wife Alison and two children Rachel and Jason to Houston, Texas, USA to receive his promotion during a special event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the World Kuk Sool Association.

When asked what the award means to him personally, Martin explains, “it's actually an accumulation of thirty years of blood, sweat and tears.” “No one could actually understand what it's been like to reach this level except maybe my wife who has literally been behind me every step of the way,”

Ducker also paid tribute to his loyal band of instructors at the Lowestoft Kuk Sool Club. Saying that he couldn't ask for a more dedicated bunch of people and he wanted to thank them all personally for looking after the club in his absence.

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