AN eight-year-old kick boxer is following in the footsteps of her older siblings by successfully gaining her 1st Dan black belt.

Halle Kirkbride trains at Ilkley’s Warrior Martial Arts Academy and also at Warrior’s other school in Eccleshill under the tuition of the club’s owner Ilkley resident Vicki Hanson.

Halle trains at the academy alongside her brother Logan, aged 11, sister Ruby, aged 12 and Gemma Knight, aged 11, and Scott Knight, 13, who gained their 1st Dan black belts two years ago,

Logan, Ruby, Gemma and Scott have continued to train at least twice a week and have now all gained their 2nd Dan black belts. They had to pass a three hour grading with three examiners marking them.

On the day Warrior Martials Arts club had in total 12 students pass their black belt at various grades.