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This has been a sensational year for the club celebrating 28 years in Falkirk, 3 years in Callander and 1 year in Stirling under the tutelage of Grandmaster Loh 10th Dan Black Belt.
We started the year in April winning the Traditional Taekwondo Association (TTA) championships defeating teams from all over the UK and Ireland winning the championship shield the fourth time in a row see news for details.
In the middle of the year we also succesfully promoted 4 new black belts to join our ever growing team of Black Belts who are key to the continued development of our clubs, Kenny McMahon and Alasdair Cox were promoted
to 1st Dan Black Belts, Anna Holden and Michael Taylor were promoted to Junior Black Belt 1st Poom. This was after attending a 4 hour gruelling grading session under the watchfull eye of Grandmaster Loh.
Recently we competed in the 28th TTA championships where we won 7 Gold, 8 silver and 12 Bronze and receiving a Best Team Spirit trophy for our efforts.
We had some very close contests throughout the day and have some great students young and old within our club who made it another great success.
Top medal winner was Liam Muir 1 Gold and 2 silver for sparring this gives Liam a medal haul of 7 Gold, 4 Silvers and 1 Bronze over a 2 year period which is a major achievement for a 12 year old boy.
This tournament saw Liam overtake the largest 2 year medal hall which was held previously by Conan Irvine with 7 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze and it was Conan’s achievements that gave us our 1st UK Championship title back in 2008.
Other Golds for sparring were awarded to Tony Clark, Scott McCoull, Eilihd Walker and Anna Holden.
The club also won all 3 places in the adult coloured belt category with William Ferguson receiving Gold, Mark McKenny and Sandy Robertson receiving Silver and Bronze respectively.
Kenny McQuade, Kristofer Irvine and Stuart Berrows all received Silver in sparring.
Laura MacDougall, Brian Glennie and Carmen Tran achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively in the patterns competition.
Ross Walker, Ricky Buchanan, Jamie Thomson, Daniel Hesp, Ian Hodge, Conan Irvine, Callum Gray and Liam Ferguson also recieved Bronze medals for sparring.
Alasdair Cox participated in sparring and patterns events receiving Bronze in both, he also recently received the young coach of the year award from Stirling council.
Tegan O’May the smallest and youngest Girl at 8 years old in the competition won a 2nd successive silver medal against a much taller and heavier opponent this is a great achievement for an 8 year who only started Taekwondo a year ago, she is one to watch in the future.
It has also been a fantastic year for the Traditional Taekwondo Association which started up in Scotland 30 years ago with the 1st club in Cumbernauld a few years later 28 years ago the Falkirk club was opened and still going strong as you can see from our results over the last few years.
We also have clubs in Callander, Grangemouth and Stirling (The Peak and Raploch Campus).
Grandmaster Loh the chief instructor and chairman of the Traditional Taekwondo Association was recently promoted to the 9th Dan Taekwondo Black Belt one of the highest grades you can get in Taekwondo, he is the youngest Taekwondo expert to achieve this and only the 136th person in the world to make this rank, he is the only 9th Dan in the UK, we are honoured to have such a renowned leader to guide us in our Taekwondo journey, congratulations to Grandmaster Loh for his dedication to this art.
If you are interested in coming along to train with our club see our contact page for details.