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Lanarkshire’s Tae Kwon-Do Alliance took nine medals from the WKA Scottish Championships at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell last month.
A small team, alongside coaches Master Jim Kirkwood and David Graham, took a total of three gold, two silver and four bronze medals from an event that attracted competitors from all over Scotland and England in kickboxing, tae kwon-do, karate and kung fu.
Master Jim Kirkwood said: “This competition was the first one of 2015, and a great start to our year ahead at national and international level.
“Our small team of junior and adult competitors did an exceptional job at this event, and many of the team took gold, silver and bronze in point and continuous sparring divisions, as well as kata divisions.
“Our junior members were first up and competed in their designated point sparring and cont-sparring divisions. They all showed tremendous courage and determination on the mats, and had everyone beaming with pride just watching them.”
Junior competitors were Jon Kirkwood, Eva Kirkwood, Joshua Fullerton, Shannon Desmond and Chloe Fullerton. Jon Kirkwood and Joshua Fullerton fought in the final, with John taking gold and Joshua silver.
The club’s cadet fighting at the event was Damian Gradowski.
In the senior section John Kirkwood Jnr and Carla Maxwell took part, with John taking gold and Carla just missing out on the medals in points, in an event that attracted competitors from the ITF, Korean Karate and TAGB.
Four bronze medals were won in the adult section.
Master Kirkwood continued: “We were ecstatic to take bronze in these divisions as the talent was immense on the mats, and with some of our team members having to undergo four bouts to reach the finals. In all, our day was fun, eventful, long and tiring – however, it was a great day all round of friendship and fun for the team.”
The Tae Kwon-Do Alliance team is now training hard, as they have some major events this year at national and international level, and they are also preparing for the World Championships in October.
Their schools are offering free classes to all new members, as well as a free uniform.