A talented Tae Kwon-Do exponent from Stamford has become one of the youngest fifth degree black-belts in the world.
Twenty-nine year old Daniel Pearce, who trains at the Malcolm Sargent School cub received the results of his recent grading last week.
He faced a five-strong panel of eighth degree masters of the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain Academy at his assessment in Bristol, where he had to impress with a gruelling set of tests including fighting skills, self-defence techniques, shadow-sparring skills and power and accuracy tests. Daniel also faced a verbal examination of his knowledge and experience of the martial art.
Daniel began training in September 1990 and achieved his promotion to first degree black belt in 1997, and to fourth degree black in 2007.
Throughout the years he has participated in national, European and world championships as a junior and now as senior alongside some of the most talented practitioners in the world.
His next competitions will be the North London championships at Hemel Hempstead and the TAGB British championships in Coventry next month.
As well as training with seventh degree black-belt, Malcolm Scholes, in Stamford, Daniel teaches at his own Tae Kwon-Do school in Newark.