A Preston family of four have become martial arts experts – all at the same time.
Samrana Nawaz and her three children Ali, Fatima and Bilal have been celebrating this month after they successfully completed their 1st degree black belts in taekwondo.
It was three years ago when Samrana took her two sons and daughter to a taster session at Northwest Taekwondo Club, which has one of its bases at Penwortham Leisure Club.
Initially, mum took a seat on the sidelines and watched her children take part, but she soon decided that she would much rather join in the fun than spectate and put her jogging pants and trainers on.
Within weeks, the family committed themselves to gaining a black belt and 36 months of intense training, they achieved their goal.
While learning the art taekwondo, Samrana gained a pharmacy degree at UClan and is now a qualified pharmacist.
Her three children have all completed their A-levels and BTEC studies at Cardinal Newman College. They plan to move to London where they hope to continue to study and are also keen to teach taekwondo.
Samrana said: “Studying, working and taking care of kids was challenging.
“However, Ali, Fatima and Bilal were my pillars who helped me to keep on track.
“After a long day’s work, I used to look forward to the training sessions.
“My children were passionate and dedicated even though they were busy with exams.
“They used to practise each technique and patterns every day at home. They wanted perfection nothing less than that.
“I was thrilled, when my instructor placed black belts in our hands and we received lots of congratulations from everyone.
“It was such a memorable moment which will never be forgotten. Our hard work eventually paid off.
“Our instructors, Brian Williams and Gill Williams were always there to support and motivate us to achieve our goals”.
The family will also now work towards attaining their second dan black belt once they have settled in London.