JSTKD students impress at English Championships

Thursday, 23 March 2017

By GEM Community Correspondent
in Martial Arts

The team from JSTKD Martial Arts Fitness were in unstoppable form at the recent English Tae Kwon Do Championships, returning home with two new champions as well as an assortment of medals.


The team comprised: Menna Burmingham, Rhys Doel, Josh and Sean Edwards, Alex Munn, Zak and Joe Grinter, Alisha Roberts and Cai Selby.  

Unfortunately, two team members (Harri Burmingham and Sion Selby) were unwell so were not able to attend.

First on was Menna who was competing in the girls black belt patterns – a very hotly contested event!  

Menna had to go through three increasingly pressurised rounds, each time having to deliver her intricate pattern with the same level of accuracy and composure.  

In the final head-to-head round she gave an unbeatable performance to claim the coveted title of English champion.

However, she was still not finished winning medals and added a hard won bronze in the girls middleweight black belt sparring event too.

More black belt action came from Josh and Sean who both put in a great effort in the sparring events but didn’t quite make the finals this time – although Josh didn’t come home empty-handed as he went on later, to take part in the black belt boys tag team event where his team claimed the silver.

JSTKD’s reigning north Wales champion, Rhys, was also in action in the boys middleweight black belt sparring.  

After getting past the preliminary rounds, he reluctantly found himself bowing out to the eventual winner.  

Across in the colour belts, the other team members were also making sure they made their mark.  

Joe, the newest and youngest team member, turned in a storming performance to go through each of his many rounds with a remarkably cool head.  

Finding himself in the final, he continued to keep his focus and scooped the well-deserved English champion trophy in the boys tiny tots yellow belt division.  

Big brother Zak was making short work of his opponents too in the boys peewee green belts and thanks to a variety of great kicks, clinched the bronze.  

Alex Munn was equally busy in the boys lightweight green belts.  He put up a fantastic fight, not even conceding a point in his first round and eventually came away with the silver.  

There was another top-notch performance from Alisha in the girls middleweight blue belt sparring. Despite being new to this division, Alisha was in fine form, using her skills to great effect to collect a well-earned bronze medal for her efforts.


In the boys lightweight yellow belts, Cai made sure he made things as difficult as possible for his opponent before leaving the competition.

JSTKD offers a free taster lesson for all new students who would like to try Tae Kwon Do for themselves – full details at www.jstkd.co.uk.


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