Congratulations to our Alton and Aldershot student Peter Morris, who recently returned home with a Silver Medal, after competing in the ITF European Taekwon-Do Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Fifteen-year-old Peter, who only passed his black belt and earned his place in the national team last year, won his medal as part of the junior male patterns team, coached by LEARN TKD Instructor and national team coach Paul Adams, Peter was the youngest member of the team of five boys who were narrowly beaten in the finals by Poland. He was knocked out of the competition in his individual events by the eventual silver and bronze medallists from Finland and Germany. But gained valuable experience as a result and is obviously thrilled to return home from his first ever International with a medal.
He hopes he can continue to represent England in the future for both patterns and sparring and will attend the next selection competition in November to try and secure his place in the national squad for next year’s European Championships in Bulgaria and the World Championships in Ireland.
Although being the original version of the martial art, ITF Taekwon-Do is not the type that you see on TV as part of the Olympics, and has a different style and set of rules. Sadly, as a result, all government funding goes to the Olympic WTF style. So if there are any local companies who would like to consider sponsoring any students in future, please get in touch with US. LEARN TKD have produced both adult and junior national team members every year for the last seven years, testimony to the high standards that we work to in our classes. Anyone interested in learning Taekwon-Do with us, should be prepared to work hard. Our grades have to be earned!