Boy inspires parents to take up martial art

WATCH OUT! Sam Woodcock training with dad Nathan Pictures: Neil Cross
WATCH OUT! Sam Woodcock training with dad Nathan Pictures: Neil Cross
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Forget that told adage “like father, like son” – things are definitely the other way round in the Woodcock household.

For when it comes to martial arts, eight-year-old Sam is setting the standard.

WATCH OUT! Sam Woodcock training with dad Nathan

WATCH OUT! Sam Woodcock training with dad Nathan

The Hoole St Michael’s Primary School pupil took up taekwondo when he was in the reception class and is now a top-ranking black belt.

Besides being the first to reach that level at his school, he’s also proved an inspiration to his own parents.

Dad Nathan got bored of waiting round when he took the youngster to his classes he decided to join in and is a blue belt.

Mum Jocelyn also joined in for a while is also a blue belt.

Sister Eloise, nine, prefers rock climbing.

Nathan, 43, said: “Sam started when he was four in the reception class after school and has been having an extra lesson at Kingsfold Primary school in Penwortham as well.

“He has worked his way through the colours from yellow, green, blue, red and the black belt is the gold standard.

“I am doing my red tag at Christmas so I have to bow to him.”

Nathan was recovering from brain surgery when he started taking Sam to his classes and decided to join in.

He said: “Sam has just taken off, but he also likes football.

“I had brain surgery which really knocked me for six. I used to love jogging but decided on the taekwondo and it has really helped my recovery.“

Nathan said Sam, who lives with his family in Much Hoole, still had a long way to go.

When he isn’t doing his martial arts he plays football for a local team.