Martial arts family shrugs off adversity to land FIVE black belts

THE BLACK-BELT FAMILY -- (from left) Hazel, Jake, Michael, Bev and Max Surgey -- DISPIC NHUD11-3214-1
THE BLACK-BELT FAMILY -- (from left) Hazel, Jake, Michael, Bev and Max Surgey -- DISPIC NHUD11-3214-1

MEET the five formidable martial-arts experts from ONE Hucknall family who now all hold black belts in taekwondo.

The Surgeys, of Oakenhall Avenue, have high-kicked their way to the achievement with the town’s Kang Han Taekwondo Club, of Beardall Street.

What’s more, the completion of their success has been achieved against a backdrop of adversity.

For the latest to earn her black belt, mum Bev (47), had to delay taking her assessment after undergoing a mastectomy because of a cancer scare.

The other members of the Surgey dynasty with black belts are: dad Michael (46), who is a second dan and also a taekwondo instructor; son Jake (17), who is a second dan and is studying computer-game design; son Max (13), who is a third dan and goes to Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall; and 12-year-old daughter Hazel, who is a second dan and also goes to Holgate Comprehensive.

Celebrations have been tainted slightly because Jake, who has previously competed in national championships and in Europe, has been out of the sport for more than a year because of a serious illness.

It is thought he has the condition, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which results in joints spontaneously dislocating. The teenager has to wear leg braces and is awaiting the results of a series of genetic tests.

Despite this, Bev remains upbeat and insists you “can’t let life get you down”.

“I’m just glad to have completed the black belt,” said Bev, who has been enjoying taekwondo for six years. “It has been a long time coming.

“I am incredibly proud of us all. I am still on a bit of a high.

“The day I did my grading was the third anniversary of my mother’s death, and she would have been so proud. Now we have happy memories.”

Bev and Hazel, who also competes as a boxer, are now preparing to take part in the national taekwondo championships in Sheffield in February in the patterns (set routines).