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Wisbech and King’s Lynn Tang Soo Do instructor Donna Harvey praises martial arts students at Nottingham national championship

Ten students from Wisbech and King’s Lynn Tang Soo Do martial arts club travelled to Nottingham to represent their club in the 2019 World Tang Soo Do Association national championship.

The championship was held at the David Ross sports centre and there were around 400 competitors in attendance.

Wisbech and King’s Lynn students won a fantastic 20 trophies over four categories – weapons, forms, sparring and team forms.

Wisbech King's Lynn Tang Soo Do Nottingham 5.19. (11247709)
Wisbech King's Lynn Tang Soo Do Nottingham 5.19. (11247709)

Instructor Donna Harvey said: “I’m so proud of all of my students, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to prepare for a competition like this one. Their hard work really has paid off.

“They are now all preparing for the European championship, which will be held in Holland in October, and then we are off to Wales for the regional championship in November.

“Next year, I hope these students will have qualified to attend the World Championship in USA representing Great Britain.”

Pictured back, from left: instructor Master Donna Harvey; Oliver Gathercole, 2nd in form, 3rd in weapons and sparring; Sophia Stanton, 1st in weapons, 1st in weapons and 2nd in sparring; Tracey Kym Gooch, 1st in team forms, 1st in forms, 3rd in sparring and 3rd in weapons; Nakita Davies, 1st in team forms, 2nd in sparring and 3rd in forms; Dean Frost, 3rd in forms; Isaac Ashworth, participation medal.

Front: Emilia Targanska, 1st in team forms and 1st in forms; Lily Davies, participation medal; Samantha Ashworth, 3rd in sparring; Isabella Gathercole, tiny tiger category champion.

There are lots of pictures, videos and updates on the club’s FB page and also joining information for anyone interested. Search @WisbechkingslynnTSD

WKLTSD train on a Monday evening at Lynnsport and on a Thursday evening at Walton Highway Village club. The first lesson is free.

Samurai Karate School had a visit from their technical director Sensei Paul Herbert 6th Dan who taught a super four-hour master class.

The event was held at their HQ Hombu Dojo Marshland Hall and covered sessions for all grade groups. The first session was attended by 42 students from beginners upwards looking for principles of movement and co-ordination of two particular techniques. Session two saw 40 students go up a level with a great use of technique combinations to challenge reactions timing and speed.

Session three was for senior grades 4th Kyu and above and 20 studnets had a detailed look at the very complex Kata Tekki Sandan.

Sensei Steve King said: “Overall we had some great additions to our training syllabus and forward development. We are very honoured to be guided by such a prominant and quality Karate-Ka.

“Following the course one student undertook a retake of his Shodan Grading having failed to pass in November 2018.

“This time 17 year-old Piotr Juwa showed exactly what he is made of with a powerful, confident and spirited performance to achieve his pass. He has shown great dedication and spirit in not giving up and working hard to achieve the required level.

“It has taken seven years of dedicated training and study to reach this excellent level and we are very proud of him. To achieve this in our 20th anniversary year is a great landmark.”

Class details: contact Steve on 07843 414433 or check out www.samuraimartialarts.co.uk

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