On Saturday 22nd October, our student Colin Faires took part in the Army Martial Arts Association 2016 Winter Competition. With his Wife, Lorraine and daughter Annabelle both tagging along for support, he managed to come away with: Bronze in ITF Patterns, Silver in Colour Belt v Black Belt Exhibition Sparring, Gold in Colour Belt Lightweight Sparring, Inter-Corps Competition Discipline Winner (ITF) and to top it off I was awarded the Meijin Shield (Fighting Spirit of the Day). Sounds like a pretty successful day to us! Well done Colin.
On the 11th October Vision TKD sent a team of 28 competitors, supporters and coaches to the ITF World Cup in Budapest, Hungary. After arriving in Hungary the team made their way straight to the weigh in and registration. It was a long day of travelling so all the competitors were very happy to have made their weight categories without issue. The team then went back to the hotel for dinner, a team meeting and an early night.
On the Wednesday the competition started and it was a full day of patterns. Despite nearly all the team competing it was a tough day with only Mr Arroyo, Thicome Biron-Monnier and Ellena Lobley progressing through a few rounds. Just when the team were starting to look deflated after no medals Mr Arroyo made his way into the 4-6th degree patterns final and secured a silver medal.
On the second day of competition the team were a bit more fired up as there was a lot of sparring happening and that is what most of the competitors had come for. We were not disappointed as Mike Rutherford fought bravely despite hardly being able to walk on his injured ankle and got a bronze medal. Then later in the same day Lee Higgins had some excellent fights to also secure a bronze medal. Although not winning any medals James Troughton, Izzie Eason Warner and Ellena Lobley all put in some great performances getting through the rounds and narrowly missed out on finishing on the podium.
The Friday was perhaps our toughest day as we had lots of black belts sparring and colour belt special technique and the categories were very tough. Despite some good performances we came away with no medals and some bruised bodies.
The Saturday was another tough day as it was all special technique and not the teams strong point. However, Mr Thompson kept things interesting for the spectators by making his way through the rounds and only just missed out on a medal, finishing 4th in the play off. Izzie Eason Warner turned the teams morale arounds with a great performance, securing the silver medal in special technique. To keep the squad motivated we got back to the hotel earlier and organised some better food for the team, making it a fun evening for all.
As 95% of the squad had finished competing the coaches offered the team a later start on the final day and making it optional to come and support the 3 coaches who were the only people with competition events. It was great to see everyone turn up early and support the coaches who had worked tirelessly all week. Mr Edmunds completed the day with some smashing stuff to get the silver medal.
Although it was not the biggest medal haul the team was a very inexperienced squad who will have all learned a lot from their first major international.
Many thanks to the Umpire’s from the association, Master Chesterman, Mr Lear and Mr Bourne who worked very hard all week to make the competition possible.
Also, many thanks to the coaching staff, Mr Dunn, Mr Adams, Mr Thompson, Mr Arroyo and Mr Edmunds who not only worked hard all week but also put in the hours behind the scenes organising squad sessions, transport, hotels, meals, equipment etc
And lastly, special thanks to the supporters who came along and kept the team going all week even when things were not going our way. Well done everyone.
Check out the photos here.