Elliot, 12, makes it a true family affair

Elliot Arnold. EMN-141011-163339001

Elliot Arnold. EMN-141011-163339001

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Elliot Arnold, a junior member of Sleaford Tae Kwon-Do Club has recently been promoted to black-belt.

Twelve-year-old Elliot gained first degree black-belt at the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain academy headquarters in Bristol.

He was examined by a panel of four eighth degree world masters and a ninth degree grand-master on his skills in the martial art, which included the traditional moves, a variety of self-defence situations, several free-fighting displays and a verbal examination on his general knowledge of the military martial art.

Elliot began training aged seven with Sleaford club instructor, Jill Pearce, sixth degree black-belt, at Carres Grammar School. He joins his dad, who gained black-belt last year. Elliot’s sister, Rose joined them two years ago and soon after mum, Frances, joined to make it a complete family activity that they all enjoy together.

Club instructor Jill said “It’s wonderful to see the confidence Elliot has developed over the years. I’m sure he will continue to improve his skills and support his sister and mum in their training for black-belt next year.”