The Tae Kwon Do International World Championships 2016 will be taking place this weekend in Birmingham. This is a huge event with upwards of 3,000 competitors battling it out across all age groups. As well as the home nations of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England there will be competitors taking part from USA, Russia, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Poland, Norway, Nepal and many more countries from around the globe – BUT – it’s the competitors from The Vale of Glamorgan that we’ll be cheering for at JSTKD!
We thought you’d like to meet our team who will be representing JSTKD and Wales at the event. They’ll be familiar faces to many of you but perhaps for some, this is the first time that you will have met them. Our very own ‘six of the best’ comprise Lynne Parfitt and Chris Edwards for the adults and Rhys Doel, Menna Burmingham and Josh and Sean Edwards for the juniors. All six are core JSTKD team members and you will have seen their names regularly appearing in our tournament reports – but now they’re up for their biggest challenge – World domination 🙂
Let’s meet them:
Lynne Parfitt and son Rhys Doel will both be competing in the Patterns events. Lynne in the Ladies Red Belt Patterns division and Rhys in the Boys Black Belt Patterns division. Rhys will also be competing in the Boys Lightweight Black Belt sparring event. Both Lynne and Rhys are experienced competitors with Lynne currently holding the Ladies Middleweight Red Belt Sparring Welsh Closed title as well as being the owner of a clutch of silver and bronzes gained across other events. Rhys too has held the title of Welsh Champion (looking at this pic, who would dare challenge him!). For Rhys this was for Boys Black Belt Sparring and like his Mum, he too has an impressive collection of medals across a range of events. Rhys also recently achieved his Black Belt 2nd star (the interim tests that juniors undertake on their way to becoming a 2nd Dan)
Chris, Josh and Sean Edwards are our other family act! All will be competing in their respective Patterns and Sparring divisions. Chris is no stranger to winning having held English Open and South West Sparring titles as well as claiming many other sparring and patterns medals. Junior Black Belt Josh, is also a versatile and tenacious competitor and, like his Dad, regularly comes home with medals in both sparring and patterns events. Younger brother Sean is also a tournament regular and equally handy when it comes to collecting the medals!
Menna is our patterns specialist although she’s also a fierce competitor in the sparring categories having won many medals in this discipline too. However, it’s the patterns divisions that Menna really excels in and it’s no wonder that she can list English Open Patterns Champion amongst her accolades which also include representing Wales at the European Championships where she brought home 2 silvers. Menna will be competing in 2 events – Patterns, where she will perform one of the ‘traditional’ style Black Belt patterns and also Musical Patterns which will demand a high level of skill combined with creative flair as she weaves in a variety of movements around a musical score. Menna has also recently achieved her Black Belt 1st Star.
All 3 of our juniors are also excellent role models for our students – they not only assist Mr Schembri in lessons to help ninjas, juniors and adults improve their skills but also act as Grading Assistants in our Colour Belt Grading Examinations.
As you can see we have some very talented students at JSTKD and I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing all of them the very best of luck this weekend 🙂
If you see them in class, don’t forget to wish them well!