Melton Tae Kwon-Do Club instructor Daniel Pearce was congratulated by a world grand master after reaching a personal milestone in the sport.
Daniel’s 25 years in the martial art were recognised by David Oliver, 9th degree, at a recent club event.
He started training as a young boy in 1990, and has travelled around the world to practice 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. He 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 tae kwon-do will continue to evolve without losing its identity or roots: to teach students the importance of physical and moral improvement.
Over the last 10 years, Daniel has dedicated much time to teaching, and has built up a lot of knowledge and experience in coaching to inspire the next generation of students at Brooksby Melton College.
He added: “Because I started at a very young age I hope to have many more years ahead of me practicing and teaching the sport I love.
“Now I have the opportunity to show others what makes tae kwon-do so special.”