Last weekend Tae Kwon-Do students and instructors from Tipton and Bloxwich clubs travelled to Hagley to participate in a
tournament to support Kemp Hospice. Joining martial artists from other locals clubs, the competitors engaged in a range of events to showcase their Tae Kwon-Do skills.
Organised by West Midlands Tae Kwon-Do instructor Katie Billingham (5th Degree Black Belt), the event raised money to support Kemp Hospice.
Tipton and Bloxwich students joined their instructors 3rd Degree Black Belt Craig Mason, and 2nd Degree Black Belt Assistant Instructor George Mason, in a range of competitive events, gaining a number of well-deserved medals in the process. The highest medal of the day for the team was won by nine year old blue belt Aaron Lewis, competing in his first ever event. Alongside a silver medal in sparring, the youngster impressed by beating all his opponents in the World Master Todd Wurr’s tough power competition. Coming away with a gold medal for his weight category, Aaron’s excellent technique allowed him to show off maximum power, despite his slight frame.
Also gaining medals for the Tipton and Bloxwich team:
– Arran Campbell: Bronze in Sparring
– Serena Lewis: Runner Up in Sparring
– Isobelle Edwards: Silver in Sparring. Silver in Patterns
The club instructors also had a rewarding day, with Craig and George Mason both competing in musical patterns for the first time- George achieving a bronze medal in the black belt section, and Craig’s dance moves receiving a special mention in the awards ceremony! Family pride was further at stake in the team patterns events, with instructor Craig joining his son and daughter, George and Hattie Mason to perform a superb Hwa Rang tul, receiving 3rd place in the black belt event. George Mason went on to shine in sparring, gaining a bronze medal, and in the best kick categories, bringing back two unexpected silvers in the standing kick and spinning kick events.
The event was fun and friendly, allowing novice competitors from Tipton and Bloxwich to cut their teeth in a positive atmosphere, and credit is due to the volunteer officials and helpers for encouraging and supporting the competitors in their care. Congratulations to the organisers for a great day in support of such a good cause, and congratulations to the Tipton and Bloxwich students who represented their clubs so successfully.
Roll on the next one!