An Ashington martial arts club is going from strength to strength only 12 months after being formed.
It has been a year since Phillippa Life, a 2nd Dan Black Belt, started the Tae Kwon-Do club at the town’s new leisure centre.
The club has a number of active students who are regularly competing and grading.
During the year, students have been successful at national competitions – the English Championships were held at the University of Worcester and competing were Oscar Roxby, seven, Lucy Dack, nine, and Chris Morris competed in both patterns and sparring categories. Phillipa also took part in the board breaking category, and Oscar managed to achieve silver in the ‘Tiny Tots’ sparring division.
In a recent grading, six students were promoted. Ava Turner, six, Alfie Leonard, six, and Rachel Monaghan, ten, achieved 9th Kup, yellow stripe; Zak Spratt, eight, achieved 8th Kup, yellow belt; Oscar Roxby achieved 6th Kup, green belt and Lucy Dack a 3rd Kup, red stripe.
The students are working towards the next competition in May, the Welsh Championships, before the World Championships in July at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
Tae Kwon-Do may become a new sport in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and this could be a target event for students to work towards.
New members are welcome. To find out more, leave a message on the club’s Facebook page @ANTaeKwonDo, or attend a training session.