The team from Vale based JSTKD Martial Arts and Fitness put on an impressive display at the Welsh Closed Taekwondo Championships on Sunday 29th June. The event is a large regional competition that also welcomes clubs from further afield such as North Wales and South West England. The University of South Wales campus at Caerleon played host and around 500 competitors came along to battle it out.
Keeping it in the family were Lynne, Rhys and Seren Doel who all came home with medals. First up was son Rhys (10) who fought in the Boys Peewee Black Belt division. Rhys looked strong and in control throughout and deservedly took the gold to become Welsh Closed Champion. Mum Lynne, claimed silver in the Ladies Heavyweight division. She displayed some skilful moves against a much larger competitor and was just not able to overcome the greater reach of her opponent in the final moments of the contest. Daughter Seren (6) took to the floor in her very first competition and claimed bronze in the Girls Tiny Tot division.
In addition to Seren, there were several other new team members sparring in their first competition. Gabe Wilfred (10) turned in a solid performance to take the bronze in the Boys Green Belt Lightweight division with the gold going to his fellow new team-mate, Finley Valvo. Dylan Howe fought in the same division, going out in the first round despite sparring well.
Another family pairing, Menna and Harri Burmingham, also enjoyed success with Menna winning silver in the Girls Lightweight and Harri taking the bronze in the Boys Peewee division.
The Edwards family also proved to be a dynamic duo with son Sean Edwards (6) showing Dad how it was done by winning the gold in the Boys Tiny Tots division. Chris Edwards (Dad) fought well in the Men’s Middleweight but had to be content with the bronze this time around.
Alan Li (14) was unlucky to find himself drawn against the Junior World Champion in the Boys Junior Middleweight Black Belt contest. Alan fought valiantly and despite sustaining a bloody nose, continued to pull off some impressive moves against his opponent before bowing out.
Joseph Schembri, Head Instructor commented “At JSTKD we have classes in Barry and throughout the Vale from 3 years up to adults so if anyone is feeling inspired to try out Taekwondo for themselves, we’d love to hear from them at jstkd.co.uk”
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