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Talented Ethan sets a benchmark for juniors

Members of the Annabel Murcott School of Tae Kwon Do. Back row, from left, Gerald Earth (Folkingham), Annebel Murcott, Ethan Chesterfield (Bourne), Tom Parkin (Deeping), front, Peter Suckow (Peterborough), Mandy Thorpe (Stamford), Erin Helliwell (Thurlby) and Alex Parker (Bourne)

Members of the Annabel Murcott School of Tae Kwon Do. Back row, from left, Gerald Earth (Folkingham), Annebel Murcott, Ethan Chesterfield (Bourne), Tom Parkin (Deeping), front, Peter Suckow (Peterborough), Mandy Thorpe (Stamford), Erin Helliwell (Thurlby) and Alex Parker (Bourne)

Bourne’s Ethan Chesterfield has become one of the country’s youngest second degree black belts in tae kwon do.

Ethan, 12, was part of a group from the Annabel Murcott School of Tae Kwon Do to sit gradings in front of a panel of five eighth degree masters at Bristol recently.

Nine-year-old Erin Helliwell from Thurlby, Alex Parker from Bourne, Gerald Earth from Folkingham and Tom Parkin from Deeping were also at the assessments.

They all had to perform self-defence routines, spar with up to three different opponents, perform power and accuracy tests, and answer questions on Korean history.

Instructor Annabel Murcott said: “The results we achieved at the black belt grading were outstanding.

“Not only does the club have another fifth degree, two more fourth degrees and another third but we now have one of the youngest second degrees in the country.

“Ethan can be especially proud of what he has achieved as the Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain does not do junior gradings. He had to do exactly the same as any adult would.”

The club has now got its sights on ending the year on a high, as they get set for the British Championships, at the Sky Dome Arena in Coventry, there they will take on the best of the best from all over country.

To find out more about tae kwon do call Annabel on 01780 410609.

 

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