Italian Open Milan 2016

Italian Open Team

On the weekend of the 11th and 12th November, 11 members of Vision Taekwon-Do traveled to Milan to compete at the Italian Open Taekwon-Do Championships.  A popular competition with the European community. Instructors Mr Phillip Lear and Paul Adams accompanied the team as coaches, along with Mr Steven Bourne who would assist with umpiring duties.
As always, with around a dozen countries in attendance, its a great chance to catch up with friends within the international Taekwon-Do community. But of course, the main purpose of the visit was to compete, and with many former and current World and European champions in attendance it was going to be a tough days competition.
The Vision Team had a good day on the mats with the final results as follows…
Oliver Adams – Gold Sparring, Bronze Pattern.
Cian Hosking – Gold Sparring, Silver Pattern.
James Troughton – Gold Sparring, Bronze Pattern.
Mitch Saunders – Gold Sparring.
Laura Fox-Longdon – Silver Pattern, Silver Sparring.
Other competitors who performed very well, many in their first international competition were Alfie Tatner, James Myers, Leon Elliott, Holly Austen, Joshua Connolly, Steven Pulanco.
Many thanks to the parents of the junior competitors for giving their children the opportunity to compete and for their support during the event.

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Pictured above – James Troughton on his way to GOLD in the sparring

The various schools involved with Vision Taekwon-Do will now concentrate on the final tests of the year, commencing with the black belt testing on the 19th November, with further tests for the coloured belts on the 26th November and the 4th and 10th December.