Black belts are reward for efforts

WELL DONE: From left, Billingborough instructor Tina Earth (4th Degree), Dee Fowler (1st Degree), 6th Degree Master Annabel Murcott, Ady Allgood (1st Degree) and Billingborough instructor Gerald Earth (4th Degree).
WELL DONE: From left, Billingborough instructor Tina Earth (4th Degree), Dee Fowler (1st Degree), 6th Degree Master Annabel Murcott, Ady Allgood (1st Degree) and Billingborough instructor Gerald Earth (4th Degree).

Proud students from the Annabel Murcott Schools of Tae Kwon Do have finally achieved their black belts after years of hard work and dedication.

They have to train at least twice a week for three-and-a- half years and pass gradings every three to six months to even be considered to able to take their black belts.

It’s a long, hard journey but they finally got their chance to perform in front of four World Masters and one Grand Master at the TaeKwonDo Academy in Bristol.

Their exam consists of showing they can implement powerful techniques to defend themselves and disarm their opponent, along with having to sparr each other in a controlled but effective manner. They also have to answer questions on Korean history as well as have a good knowledge of Korean terminology.

Murcott said: “This is what makes us proud to be part of the T.A.G.B. (Taekwondo Association of Great Britain).

“They don’t practice a watered down version of martial arts – it’s still taught in the same manner as it was first introduced to the UK in 67.

“We do not have junior gradings for children, they do the same as the adults, so they can be very proud of their achievements.

“We also do not have fast tracking or double grades, everyone is taught at the same level and time served.

“So these guys have the right to be very proud, proving hard work, dedication and good support from family and fellow students is what you need.”

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