After 3 and a half years of intensive training – Dudley TAGB Class Assistant Tore Lamont has achieved his 1st Degree Black Belt.

Tore traveled down to Bristol with instructor World Master Farquharson to take part in the national black belt gradings which are held twice a year at the TAGB headquarters. These black belt gradings are carried out infront of 5 of TAGB Tae Kwon-Do’s Grand Masters: Grand Master Oliver, Grand Master Dew, Grand Master Donnelly, Grand Master Dew and Grand Master Sergiew – all 9th Degree Black Belts. With people travelling from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland all hoping to achieve their black belt rank.

Black Belt is an extremely difficult and prestigious grading – probably the most important grading through anyone’s Tae Kwon-Do journey.

West Midlands TAGB Tae Kwon-Do are pleased to reveal that Tore has now been promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt – a rank that he will hold forever. And no one can deny Tore deserved this promotion.

Throughout his 3 and a half years of training, Tore has shown great appreciation for the art and always strives to be the best he can be – and performs to the best of his ability. Tore has always been an advocate of West Midlands Tae Kwon-Do and has always embodied Tae Kwon-Do’s 5 tenets; Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit.

Tore’s instructor, World Master Vince Farquharson said “I am ecstatic to present Tore his Black Belt! Tore has always been hard working and determined and there was no doubt in my mind that Tore would one day earn this grade – he fully deserves it.
Tore has always been a valued class assistant as a colour belt – helping and coaching lower grades. We now hope that Tore will continue in his progression becoming an instructor and coach of West Midlands TAGB Tae Kwon-Do”