Grantham Tae Kwon-Do instructor Daniel Pearce is celebrating 25 years practising the martial art.
He was congratulated by World Grand Master David Oliver, 9th degree, at a recent club event.
Daniel started training as a young boy in 1990, and has travelled around the world to practise with masters and compete for his country at major tournaments.
After rising through the ranks, Daniel was promoted to 5th degree black belt in 2012, and in just a few years’ time he stands to become one of the youngest masters in the world.
He is looking forward to the challenge and responsibility that such a title brings, but has kept the same outlook and philosophy throughout his career.
Daniel said: “It’s important to remember why you started and what kept you motivated over the years, and to always look for fresh challenges.
“It doesn’t matter how long you have been learning, there’s always something new and exciting just waiting around the corner.”
The last 25 years have seen many changes in style but Daniel is convinced that Taek Kwon-Do will continue to evolve and remain as popular as ever with future generations, without losing it’s identity or roots.
He said: “As long as the white uniforms and colourful belts are there to be earned, the martial art will still be teaching people the importance of physical and moral improvement.”
Over the last 10 years, Daniel has dedicated a lot of time to teaching, and has built up a lot of knowledge and experience in coaching, so he can now inspire the next generation of Tae Kwon-Do students.
He added: “Due to starting at a very young age, I hope to have many more years ahead of me, practising and teaching the sport I love. Now I have the opportunity to show others what makes Tae Kwon-Do so special.”