TAE KWON-DO: Pearce ready to pounce at World Championships

Daniel Pearce

Daniel Pearce

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Grantham martial arts exponent Daniel Pearce has been selected to take part in next weekend’s Tae Kwon-Do World Championships at the Skydome Arena in Coventry.

The three-day event will be one of the largest to have been staged in Great Britain, with more than 4,000 competitors representing every continent.

Thirty-year-old Daniel, who was promoted to fifth degree black belt in October 2012, will represent England at the event in the men’s higher dan black belt patterns, notoriously reknowned as one of the most challenging and biggest events over the weekend.

He has been training at Grantham and Sleaford Tae Kwon-Do clubs, under the guidance of seventh degree black belt Malcolm Scholes and sixth degree Jill Pearce, who will both be attending the championships as international referees, and has also been attending national squad training with the England national coach, grandmaster Kenny Walton.

Daniel was selected after his third place at the English Championships in March and second place at the Welsh Championships in May.

He started training at the age of seven and admits that Tae Kwon-Do has been a challenge to him, but has brought him strength, fitness and self-defence throughout the years. He continues to compete, specialising in the black belt

patterns event, which is a skilful, choreographed display of the most spectacular movements of the martial art.

As an instructor, Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge to his own classes that he now runs in Newark and Stamford.

Spectactor tickets for the championships are still available. For further details visit www.worlds.tkdi.biz/