TAE KWON-DO: Sleaford club has two new black belts

Pictured from left are Philip Lee, Jill Pearce and Frances Arnold.
Pictured from left are Philip Lee, Jill Pearce and Frances Arnold.

Two members of Sleaford Tae Kwon-Do Club have attained promotion to first degree black belt.

For Frances Arnold and Philip Lee, the good news was a reward for their hard work and dedication to training over the past years. They both train at Carre’s Grammar School, Sleaford, and travelled to the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain Academy in Bristol for the grading, which was conducted by grandmaster, ninth degree black belt, David Oliver, chairman of the association, supported by four other eighth degree black belt world masters of the art from the association council.

The examiners were looking for a very high physical standard of self-defence techniques, power, accuracy and control, before presenting them with many questions on their knowledge of the military martial art.

Frances, from Ingoldsby, has made it a real family affair, as she joins husband Gavin, son Elliot and daughter Rose, who have all previously been promoted to black belt.

Philip will now be able to concentrate on supporting his daughters Charlotte and India in their aspirations of following their father to black belt in the near future.

Sleaford club instructor, seventh degree black-belt Jill Pearce said: “Frances and Phil trained hard for this grading, attending our classes in Sleaford, Corby Glen and Melton Mowbray. They both thoroughly deserve this promotion and they have both been an inspiration for other students in our clubs.

“We are currently all training for the last competition of the year, the British Tae Kwon-Do championships at Derby Arena in November. We will be entering students for various disciplines and many of our black belts will be called upon to umpire during the day.”