Historic achievement by tae kwon-do instructor

The presentation to Annabel Murcott
The presentation to Annabel Murcott

Instructor Annabel Murcott has ended the year by making martial art history.

In front of thousands of spectators and competitors at the British Tae Kwon-Do Championships held at the Derby Veladrome, she was promoted to 7th Dan World Master by the chairman of Europe’s largest martial art organisation, the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain, Grand Master David Oliver 9th Dan.

Murcott has gone down in TAGB history as the first female to reach World Master level as well as the youngest.

The TAGB does not allow double grades or fast-tracking so it is a minimum training time of 31 years if you pass every grading on time.

Murcott said: “This has been an amazing end to the year. Winning a World Championship medal is an amazing feeling, but to be honoured this by the whole TAGB committee and people I look up to is truly humbling. I am very proud and honoured to be awarded this.”

Murcott now has her sights set on training as many of her students as possible for next year’s World Championships.

Murcott teaches at Billingborough, Bourne, Market Deeping and Thurlby.

Pictured from left, TAGB committee members Giani Peros 8th Dan, chairman GM Oliver 9th Dan, Ron Sergiew 8th Dan, Kenny Walton 8th Dan, Annabel Murcott 7th Dan, Don Atkins 8th Dan, Paul Donnelly 8th Dan, Brian Towndrow 8th Dan, Mike Dew vice-chairman 8th Dan.