TAE KWON-DO: Grantham instructor Pearce promoted to master

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Grantham martial arts Instructor, Jill Pearce has been promoted to the title of master grade by Tae Kwon-Do International and the TAGB.

Sixth degree black-belt Jill was given the news at the association’s Welsh Championships in Cardiff.

Jill, who has been training in the Korean military martial art of Tae Kwon-Do for 29 years, said: “This is a great honour for me and I hope I can prove that women can achieve equal opportunities now in the martial arts world. There are definitely a lot more ladies enjoying training and competing now than in past decades, and I think this has a lot to do with our modern teaching methods.”

The promotion came in conjunction with her Sleaford club successfully achieving Clubmark status. This prestigious award from Sport England recognises sporting excellence and certifies the club as a high quality sports club.

Jill added: “Our goal is to help all our members achieve their full potential and to do this it’s essential to have excellent instructors and a clear development programme. We are currently working on a clubmark portfolio for our Grantham club and in the future we hope to have all our clubs accredited.”

Sleaford Tae Kwon-Do club was the first school in the assocation of more than 500 clubs throughout the UK to be awarded this high honour and David Oliver, chairman of the national governing body, the British Tae Kwon-Do Council, who was himself recently promoted to grand master ninth degree status, awarded the certificate to Jill during a recent event.

Anyone who would like further details on any of the classes can contact Jill on 01476 570616 or e-mail info@tkdclubs.com