Special achievement for Marital Art World Black Belts

Date: 28th April 2014
Author: Master Bonthuys

Martial Art World continues its 20th anniversary year with its first double Black Belt grading. Martial Art World conducts two black belt tests for Korean Martial Arts and Taekwondo each year, in April and October.


Professional full time martial artist and 7th degree black belt Master Bonthuys has provided a notable martial art judging panel. Each Master is a full time martial arts professional; Master Bernard, winner of the Sky1 Fight school and 5th degree Black Belt, Master Foran, 3 times Olympic Taekwondo International Gold Medal winner and 6th Degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and Korean Martial Arts and Master J, 6 times Taekwondo Gold medallist for patterns and sparring and 5th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Korean Martial Arts.

A total of 15 martial arts students gained their Black Belts after the formal assessment, increasing the total number of students achieving Black Belt through Martial Art World to 284 during the 20 year period! By October Martial Art World will have helped over 300 students become Black belts, and leaders within their local communities!

  • Kim Griffths, Phillip Allon, Emily Kenny and Rhys Brazier (of Harrow Way school), were awarded Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do.
  • Adrian Pearson earnt the title of Korean Martial Arts Black Belt.
  • Father and son team of Simon and Levi Verschuren became MAW 1st first Dan in Korean Martial Arts. They now have dual black belts in Tae kwon do and Korean Martial Arts.
  • Father Peter Redden and daughters Claudia and Mia achieved dual black belts in Korean Martial Arts and Taekwondo along with Edward Bailey of Winton School, David Wallis, Jim Griffiths, Alexander Oak (of the Wellington Academy) and Jason Burkwood (from Harrow Way School).
  • Simon Meer, brother Ibrahim Alasadi and his 3 sisters Noor, Marwa and Safa Alasadi also achieved dual Black belts in Korean Martial Arts and Taekwondo.
  • Students who earnt their black belt mid-terms in Tae Kwon Do were Edward Drew (of Rookwood School), Kieran-Jones Gill, Mr SimonVerschuran, Mr Richard McKevvitt and Mr Neville Reveley.
  • Paul Bird, Neville Reveley, father and son team of Callum and Ben Pinches, achieved mid-term awards for their next Dan in Korean Martial Arts.

The Masters panel were delighted with the standard of all of the students who were under assessment, and congratulated them all for their extremely high standard and effort!

The next special event to celebrate Martial Art World’s 20th anniversary are seminars and gradings with Supreme Master Kim Bok Man – who is the only surviving member of the first generation of founding fathers of Taekwondo. This is open to all Taekwondo practitioners regardless of affiliation.


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