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THE thing that struck me most during my time at a Tae Kwon-do club in Corby Glen was the parents sharing the hobby with their children.

Two of the men I chatted with were there with their youngsters, and even the club itself is run by a mother and son team.

Club of the Week - Tae Kwon-do at Corby Glen, led by Jill Pearce and her son, Daniel.

Club of the Week - Tae Kwon-do at Corby Glen, led by Jill Pearce and her son, Daniel.

Jill Pearce took up the martial art 27 years ago, with son Daniel following in her footsteps.

Jill said: “My son helps me teach, which means we can split the class. We have people here who have been training for one or two weeks up to six years, since we opened the club.”

Simon Allsopp, 43, lives in Ropsley, and he brings his nine-year-old son Benjamin to the class each week.

He said: “It’s nice to share an interest with my son.

“The fitness side of it is good, too, and I get enjoyment out of being around people.”

Simon is currently at green belt level after three years’ training, and dreams of achieving black belt.

Tae Kwon-do is an activity which teaches respect, among many other things.

Jill said: “It’s not just about the confidence and self-defence, it’s the challenge it gives you. We try to reach goals and that’s the challenge.”

The club caters for all abilities and fitness levels.

Jill added: “A lot of people think you have to be super-fit to do Tae Kwon-do because that’s the image that’s portrayed, but as long as your general fitness is OK we’ll just take it step-by-step.”

Jill teaches Tae Kwon-do at the King’s School in Grantham on Mondays from 7pm and Wednesdays from 5.45pm, and at the Ron Dawson Memorial Hall in Corby Glen on Fridays from 6.30pm, as well as in Sleaford and Stamford.

For more information, call Jill on 01476 570616.