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A Fantastic day had by all at the 37th TTA national championships held in Glasgow and hosted by Grandmaster TK Loh the head of the Traditional Taekwondo Association.Falkirk and Callander club won! the championship trophy. Thanks to all competitors and parents for supporting our squad. A great achievement for the club! Well done to all our students for your tenacity drive and bravery! We won 9 Golds 6 Silver and 4 Bronze medals on the day.
For the children female category we had 2 entries Ruby Morrison and Artemis McIntyre both did well on the day.Ruby overcame a much bigger opponent to get into the final where she won the Gold it was her first sparring competitionwhere she overcame many emotions/challenges which will make her stronger in life. Artemis won Bronze in the sparring andGold in the children patterns, Ruby also won Bronze in the children patterns.
For the female cadet category Toni Kent won Bronze, Toni’s level of patterns knowledge and skill are a great asset to her where she won Gold in the patterns section. Toni also recently passed her black belt grading to achieve the level of juniorBlack Belt.
The female junior sparring category we had 2 competitors Eva Morrison and Emily Aitkenhead, after getting through the semi finals where Eva won the match in the last 5 seconds with a great axe kick to the head they met in the final. Eva won Gold and Emily won Silver and to make their day even more successful they both won Silver medals at patterns.
For adults female sparring category we had the experienced Areti Lymperopoulou and first time in the adults Alex Tweedie just 16 years of age. Areti had a tough match in the final to win Silver, she also won Silver for patterns. Areti also recently passed her black belt grading to achieve her 1st Dan.For Alex’s first adult fight she was against a more mature experienced opponent in the final where she won Gold again in the last few seconds with a great axe kick, she has a lot of potential for future success not only in Taekwondo but in life.First time competitor Charlotte Schmautz also competed in the junior patterns event and won a Bronze for her efforts.
For the male events we had 2 entries in the children sparring category where Jacob Clark met Arlo Cathro-Brownin the final, they had a close fight on the day with Jacob winning Gold and Arlo Silver. For the boys cadet category we had 2 competitors Jonathon Connell who done well for his first competition and just missed the medals, I am sure he will improve for this experience. Samarjit Santhosh won Gold in his weight category with a technical KO he is a true Taekwondo athlete with great potential in future international competitions.
In the junior male category Rhys Clark won Gold for sparring and for patterns, Rhys is planning to do his black belt next year where he will surely do well.
Full sparring results can be found on the kihapp competition website 37th TTA championships:
If you would like to join the TTA please contact Duncan Irvine chief instructor at falkirk taekwondo.co.uk or facebook https://www.facebook.com/ForthvalleyTaekwondo/
Call Duncan 07713 193841. We are a family friendly club with sessions open to all.