Martial artist Annabel Murcott has ended the year by making history.
In front of thousands of spectators and competitors at the British Tae Kwon Do Championships held at the Derby Veladrome, Murcott was promoted to 7th Dan World Master by the chairman of Europe’s largest martial arts organisation the TAGB (Taekwondo Association of Great Britain) Grand Master David Oliver 9th Dan.
Annabel has gone down in TAGB history as the first female to reach World Master level as well as the youngest. This is made all the more special as the TAGB does not allow double grades or fast tracking through the grading system, therefore it is a minimum training time of 31 years that is if you pass every grading on time.
Murcott Said: “This has been an amazing end to the year, winning a World Championship Medal is an amazing feeling, but to be honoured like this by the whole TAGB committee and people I look up to, is truly humbling.
“I am very proud and honoured to be awarded this. I would like to say a huge thank you to the dedication of the Black Belts and the full support of my family, who are constantly on hand to help with the running of all our clubs, with over 400 students and teaching six days a week, you have to make this a life venture.”
Murcotts now has her sights set on training as many of her students as possible, for next year’s World Championships to be held at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. This will have over 30 countries from around the world and be the biggest martial arts event ever held in Great Britain. Anyone interested in learning Tae Kwo Do should call 07714 323995.