You can read the tournament report below and then check out some photo’s from the event further down the page.
A huge well done to JSTKD’s very own Magnificent Seven who represented us so brilliantly as they took to the floor in the Tae Kwon Do World Championships, held at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham this month.
The seven team members were Lynne Parfitt and Chris Edwards for the adults with the juniors comprising Josh Edwards, Sean Edwards, Rhys Doel, Menna Burmingham and Alex Munn. All of whom gave a fantastic performance, as they joined the 3,300 competitors who had travelled from around the globe to take part. Teams were present from all over Europe as well as from much further afield, including Australia, Canada, USA, the Caribbean, South Africa, South America and Nepal. There was a really buzzing atmosphere and the arena was full of colour and excitement from the word go – not to mention absolutely full of people both competing and spectating.
First up was Patterns specialist, Menna who was competing in both the traditional Junior Girls Black Belt Patterns as well as the Junior Girls Black Belt Musical Patterns events. In the traditional event, Menna was unfortunately, just edged out of the medals but it was very a different story on the Musical Patterns side of things. This discipline requires a high level of technical skill combined with creative flair as competitors interweave a variety of movements around a musical score. Menna delivered a sizzling performance to present Pirates of The Caribbean to the judges as never seen before! She looked certain for gold until just being squeezed into silver at the last moment. You can see Menna’s medal winning performance here and catch her in the traditional patterns here.
Over the in the other Black Belt patterns events, the Junior Boys, Josh and Rhys kept their composure to turn in very commendable performances but didn’t quite make it into the top spots. It was a similar story for Lynne and Chris who also faced a very large line-up in the Ladies and Mens Red Belt Patterns respectively.
However, the sparring events gave another opportunity to claim glory and youngest team member, Sean Edwards was certainly not going to let it pass. He jumped at the chance to take part in the Boys Red Belt Tag Team event, which means that juniors can form a team with children of the same belt but from any club or country. Sean’s team was a truly British affair with Sean for Wales of course and his team-mates coming from Scotland and England. They had a lengthy battle to reach the final where they fought on resolutely to claim the Silver.
There was more excitement over in the Boys Lightweight Yellow Belts as Alex Munn looked like he was going to add another medal to the tally. Regrettably, after putting up a superb fight, he had to step out in the quarter finals.
Amazingly, despite the vast number of competitors in the Boys Black Belt division, Rhys and Josh found themselves drawn against each other in the first round. It was Rhys who eventually came away victorious but although showing some great sparring moves along the way, he too went out in the earlier rounds.
Chris too, was busy battling it out over in the Mens Welterweight Red Belt event. This was no easy task, with one of his rounds even going to extra time before he was able to move through to the next stage. Despite making life difficult for his next opponent, Chris also found himself bowing out before getting a shot at the medals.
Congratulations again team on such a courageous and skilful performance 🙂
Don’t forget, we go to tournaments of all sizes throughout the year so if you fancy having a go, just speak to Mr Schembri. You can try out your skills in Patterns or Sparring (or both) and you can enter from yellow stripe onwards. Next tournaments will start some time in autumn so plenty of time to practice. Our “First Tournament Guide” tells you what to expect if you can’t quite make up your mind!
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