VTA Championships (2nd leg)

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Sunday the 25th June saw local Taekwon-Do School LEARN TKD – ALTON hosting the second leg of the Vision Taekwon-Do Association 2017 Championships at Alton Sports Centre. 152 competitors from 14 Schools across Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent and strangely one competitor from Dubai!

Alton Instructor and competition host Paul Adams entered students from all four of his Schools (Alton, Aldershot, Guildford and Fleet) and was hoping several weeks of competition practice would pay off with some good results. Competitors ranged from both Coloured and Black belts in junior and senior divisions, competing in Patterns, sparring, power test and special technique events.

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The competition commenced with all junior competitors lining up with officials a brief rundown of the rules from Tournament director Mr Dunn and a formal briefing from Master Philip Lear. After the first few hours of the competition completed Mr Adams’s Fleet school were well in the lead, but being a junior Taekwon-Do school for only 6 to 11 years, knew they would eventually be overtaken by the schools with older children and adult competitors. But it was great to be out in front for a while. Local Alton competitors continued to stamp their authority on the event throughout the day in all elements of the competition, with some of the Alton students achieving Gold medals in all three of the categories. Excellent results and testimony to the high standards Mr Adams and his team of instructors adhere to in all of their classes.

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Eventual results finished with Alton winning the competition with 22 Gold medals, 9 Silver and 6 Bronze giving them a total of 90 points. Second place went to Tonbridge with 79 points and Crowborough finished in third place with 66 points. The children’s class in Fleet managed a very respectable 4th place with 47 points. Well done to all who took part, with thanks to the parents and well-wishers that supported the event.

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If anyone would like any information on training in Taekwon-Do they can contact Mr Adams on 07932 058059 or drop him and email at tkdclasses@outlook.com. His website is www.learn-tkd.com. LEARN TKD Alton are hoping to announce some very special plans in the next month or so, which will see them expanding to children’s and adult’s self-defence classes and also kick boxing. They do have waiting lists on some of their classes already, so please do get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested. Photos courtesy of Alton photographer Claire Lewis www.clairelewisphotography.co.uk/.