Family of karate kids chop down the competition

Aaron Hair, 12, of Barnby Dun, hold up his black belt certificate has (l-r) Tyler Lister, 12, Jordan Lister, 14, and Sam Lister (Front), seven, all of Hatfield, all do a side kick as they have all received their black belts in Tae Kwon Do. Picture: Andrew Roe
Aaron Hair, 12, of Barnby Dun, hold up his black belt certificate has (l-r) Tyler Lister, 12, Jordan Lister, 14, and Sam Lister (Front), seven, all of Hatfield, all do a side kick as they have all received their black belts in Tae Kwon Do. Picture: Andrew Roe

A FAMILY of kung fu kids have fought their way to the top, battling a kidney transplant along the way.

Brothers Sam, Tyler, and Jordan Lister, and their cousin Aaron Hair, have all achieved their black belts in tae kwon do, with seven-year-old Sam thought to be the youngest person in the country the hold the top ranked belt earning himself the nickname Samurai Sam.

(l-r) Tyler Lister, 12, of Hatfield, Aaron Hair, 12, of Barnby Dun, Jordan Lister, 14, of Hatfield and Sam Lister (Front), seven, of Hatfield, have all received their black belts in Tae Kwon Do. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Tyler Lister, 12, of Hatfield, Aaron Hair, 12, of Barnby Dun, Jordan Lister, 14, of Hatfield and Sam Lister (Front), seven, of Hatfield, have all received their black belts in Tae Kwon Do. Picture: Andrew Roe

Aaron’s success is also unusual given that the 12-year-old from Barnby Dun underwent a kidney transplant in December 2010 after being born with renal failure.

All four have trained three or four times a week for the last three years, apart from when Aaron was undergoing his surgery.

Proud mum and aunt Sharon Lister, of Pudding and Dip Lane in Hatfield, said: “I seem to spend my life taking them all to tae kwon do, they do it most Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

“They have all done really well to get their black belts.

“When Sam was little he used to go along and watch and was copying his brothers so they asked him if he wanted to join in even though they don’t normally let children take part until they are a bit older.”

Jordan and Taylor, aged 12 and 14, who attend Hatfield’s Ash Hill Academy, Sam who goes to Hatfield Travis Primary School and Underhill Academy pupil Aaron even took their exams for the black belt on the same day at Dunsville Community Centre.

The next step for the fighting foursome will be to take their first dan black belt in one year’s time, and all are working hard at the Mark Guest School of Tae Kwon Do to ensure they make the grade.

They even travel between classes in Thorne, Stainforth and Dunsville each week as they are so keen to learn the martial art.