Three students from Market Deeping were promoted to 1st Dan black belt on another proud day for taekwondo instructor Annabel Murcott.
Kyle Roberts, Josh Stark and Lucas Brown were joined by 16-year-old James Parker from Bourne (promoted to 3rd Dan) and Pointon’s David Stockdale (promoted to 1st Dan).
They travelled to the Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain headquarters in Bristol to join around 680 students to gain their black belt or Dan grade.
It takes a minimum of three-and-a-half years to be able to take your black belt in the TAGB – Europe’s largest martial art organisation and founder members of the British Tae Kwon Do Council.
All the students are put through their paces having to perform to a high standard, techniques consisting of attacking and blocking, performing many patterns (a set of pre-arranged moves set in a logical sequence), sparring each other, showing control, along with the ability to attack and defend.
They also need to have an extensive knowledge of the Korean history and language.
The adults have to show power and accuracy while performing breaking techniques, using their arms and legs.
Murcott said: “It’s always a very proud moment when any student passes their grade, especially when you know how hard some have had to work at it.
“People think that just because you put in the time you will pass.
“But on the day you have to put it all together, out there in front of the masters all on your own.
“Not everyone makes it on the day and we did have one that didn’t get the promotion this time.
“But they will come back stronger, learn from their mistakes and go again in October.”
The next challenges are the Welsh Championships in Cardiff at the end of the month followed by the largest martial art event to be held in Europe – the Tae Kwon Do World Championships at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on July 16 and 17.
Murcott’s students are in training and hoping to bring back some medals for the clubs and Great Britain.
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