City players clean up at English Taekwondo Championships

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THE Milton Keynes APTI Taekwondo Club took many of the top honours at the LTSI English Open Championships.

The club’s team of nine competed for the first time in the open competition and far exceeded expectation by scooping six English championship titles, plus one silver and two bronze medals.

The first title of the day went to Joshua Noury who, having narrowly missed out on a place in the junior patterns category, was called up to the mats in the 10-12 year old boys sparring event. With his high kicks he dominated each round and went on to take gold in the final.

Next up was 1st Dan black belt Stephen McAllister who, after taking bronze in the black belt patterns category, claimed silver in the men’s heavyweight black belt event – working his way into silver place after missing out on gold to former ITF European Champion and former ITF World Cup silver medallist Zak Espi.

However, McAllister’s day was not over yet as he then stepped up to the plate in the black belt destructions category and performed a crowd pleasing 360 degree jumping back kick to successfully take home the gold.

4th Dan black belt Joe Moya followed up on the club’s success in the veterans men’s black belt sparring category, working his way through the rounds to take gold. 

It was then down to 3rd Dan Frances Ifould and 1st Dan Louise Kelsey to carry on the good form, with Ifould taking gold and Kelsey bronze in the female black belt sparring competition.

To end the day, brothers Chris and Rob Clarke took to the mats almost simultaneously, with Chris fighting in the men’s coloured belt heavyweight category and Rob in the veteran men’s coloured belt event.

Chris was the first of the two brothers to win his way into the final to take gold, but 20 minutes later it was the turn of Rob who fought hard to also clinch gold and complete a memorable day for the club.