A SMALL group from the Milton Keynes Tang Soo Do Club recently travelled to Sawtry in Cambridgeshire to compete in an open martial arts championship – and returned with big success.
Hosted by the ‘Dragon Black Belt Academy International’ the tournament saw a number of different karate styles performed, including Tang Soo Do, Kickboxing, Haedong Kumdo, Yong Gi Do and Stealth Martial Arts all competing together.
With eight members of the MKTSD club competing in the championships, under the guidance of Master Fred Daniel, they were able to return home with nine medals between them – an amazing achievement considering the competitors were divided into adult, U16 boys and U16 girls categories.
This not only meant the categories were very large in number, but also that the abilities of the competitors was very varied, having orange belts – only two grades from a white belt – competing against black belts of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dans.
For the adults, the star of the day was 2nd Dan David Tennant who won gold in both the forms and in sparring, closely followed by orange belt Darren Daniel, competing in his debut championships and winning bronze in both adult sparring and sword sparring.
Also competing for the adults was 1st Dan Jamie Eborall who won bronze in forms and was extremely unlucky to narrowly lose his first sparring match against the eventual finalist and silver medal opponent.
For the U16 girls, orange belt Amy Finch was also competing in her first championships but claimed silver in forms, and although she didn’t win a medal in sparring, she showed some real potential and is certainly one to watch for the future.
For the U16 boys, 1st Dan Veer Vadhwana took bronze in forms, while 1st Dan Ravi Vadhwana won silver in sparring and blue belt Jack Carling earned silver in sword sparring.
The only member of the MKTSD club party not to win a medal was blue belt Joshua Addington who was once again unlucky to face a Dan Grade opponent and eventual winner of the sparring category in his first fight, and the sheer numbers of competitors in his category meant the odds were always against him.
All in all it was a great day out for the club’s competitors and spectators alike, and if you are interested in Tang Soo Do – a Korean form of martial arts whether for self defence, discipline or fitness – and would like some further information, contact Fred Daniel on 01908 564367.