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Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do excel at black belt grading in Bristol


By Michael Vaughton


Nine Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do members achieved success at the bi-annual black belt grading in Bristol.

The club now has 27 black belts among its 125 members.

William Chisholme, 53, achieved fourth degree black belt, William Mendham, 46, got third degree, and both Michael Barford, 49, and Christine Abbott, 28, made second degree at the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain's academy.

And youngsters Maddie Davenport Handley, William Goodey, both 12, Henry Lorimer, Isaac Manning, both 13, and Amy Jones, 17, were promoted to first degree black belt in front of the full TAGB committee of grand masters.

Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do. From left, juniors Isaac Manning, Maddie Davenport Handley, Amy Jones, Henry Lorimer and William Goodey (9723665)
Bishop's Stortford & Epping Taekwon-do. From left, juniors Isaac Manning, Maddie Davenport Handley, Amy Jones, Henry Lorimer and William Goodey (9723665)

The students were assessed on all aspects of taekwondo including floor work, set sparring, competition-style free sparring and forms. They were also tested on Korean terminology and history, while dan gradings also included breaking boards with both hands and feet.

Instructor Colin Mowatt, fourth dan, said: "All students have trained hard for many years leading up to the grading, often training three or four times a week. They fully deserve to be rewarded with their new belts.

"Taekwondo is one of the few martial arts suitable for all ages, as shown by the wide age range of our students grading."



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