Sunday 8th November and Alton Sports Centre played host to the LEARN TKD Inter-Club Junior Taekwon-Do Championships. This was the competitions third year and was once again hosted by LEARN TKD’s Alton Club, who have won the event for both successive years so far. With 120 competitors from ten clubs, spanning four counties, the pressure was on to hang on to the title of “Overall Champions” and as such, every category would be fiercely contested. Whilst having some very high level exponents including some International competitors in attendance, the idea of the event is to introduce the younger, lower grades to domestic competition, before entering bigger National Events. As such there was a large percentage of beginners from as young as six years competing for the first time.
After height and weights checks the competition started promptly at 9.30am with the Patterns events. At 11am the competition was stopped as the day was Remembrance Sunday. All competitors, officials and supporters observed two minutes silence, and it was great to see everyone paying respects to those who gave so much.
Alton secured some early wins in the initial stages of the competition, but LEARN TKD’s Guildford Club were hot on their heels as were Crowborough and Tonbridge. With the conclusion of the Patterns events, the day moved on with Sparring in some very fierce and closely contested bouts. Some very nervous beginners taking to the mats for the first time, but all had a very enjoyable experience, made easier with a very supportive crowd and great work from very friendly and professional officials and umpires. Positions shifted back and forth on the leader board, but Alton managed to maintain a small lead as the afternoon moved on.
“Flying Side Kick” and “Flying High Side Kick” for four different age groups, were the last events of the day. (A fair run up, before leaping over hurdles and delivering a “Flying Side Kick” on a target before landing). Probably the younger competitors favourite event, with some of the smallest children in attendance managing some truly breath taking heights and distance.
Three points for a Gold, two points for a Silver and one point for a bronze position would be the deciding criteria to determine which Club would come out on top as the “Overall Champion”. “Individual Champion” trophies were also up for grabs, for Under 9′s, under 12′s,under 15′s and under 18′s. At the end of a very exciting and enjoyable day Alton (A Team) emerged once again for the third successive year as “Overall Champions” with 8 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze medals giving them a total of 35 points. Tonbridge came in second with 29 points with Guildford (A Team) in 3rd place with 20 points. The “Individual Champion” trophies were Tom Taylor (Aldershot), Cian Hosking (Alton), Evie Eason Warner (Hastings) and Oliver Markham (Tonbridge).
LEARN TKD have classes in Aldershot, Alton, Camberly, Guildford, Farnborough and Fleet for 3 to 6 years, 6 to 11 years and 12 years to adult and enrol throughout the year. Beginners are always welcome. Some of their classes have waiting lists, so if you would like more information, don’t delay! Call their Chief Instructor and England Team Coach, Paul Adams on 07932 058059 or email his admin team at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit the LEARN TKD website at www.learn-tkd.com.