FIVE students from the Total Taekwondo Martial Arts School enjoyed success in South Yorkshire.
At an invitational competition arranged by the Independent Martial Arts association, three seniors from the TTMAS club, based in Huddersfield, and two junior students from the TTMAS’s Kirkheaton group took part, collecting a total of 10 medals in all in the ITF-based event.
In the seniors Tom Norton led the way taking gold in point stop sparring, continuous sparring and destruction disciplines, and silver in the patterns section.
Andrew Dobson won silver in destruction and bronze in patterns, while Everton Thomas won silver in the point stop sparring.
In the junior section Tom Jones won gold in the point stop sparring, and Alex Barnwell took silver in the same section as well as in the patterns.
Head Instructor of TTMAS, David Cliffe said: “I’m extremely pleased for all the students who took part in the competition, the hardest part of any competition is getting up on the mat, there after its all down to the training.
“The students are very lucky to have such a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide them as the instructors themselves have had great deal of success in competition and its always good to see this being passed on to the new generation who are eager to learn.”
Medal winners: Senior Men – Tom Norton: Gold - Point Stop Sparring, Gold – Continuous Sparring, Gold – Destruction, Silver – Patterns. Andrew Dobson: Silver – Destruction, Bronze – Patterns. Everton Thomas: Silver – Point Stop Sparring. Juniors (Under 16’s) – Tom Jones: Gold – Point Stop Sparring, Alex Barnwell: Silver – Point Stop Sparring, Silver - Patterns.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. In Korean, tae means ‘to strike or break with foot’; kwon means ‘to strike or break with fist’; and do means ‘way’, thus taekwondo may be loosely translated as ‘the way of the foot and fist’.
Taekwondo competition typically involves sparring (bouts between players), breaking or destruction (breaking boards with blows at varying heights), patterns, and self-defence. However, in the Olympic Games taekwondo competition, only sparring is contested; and in the Olympics WTF competition rules are used.
Under the rules of the WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) and Olympic rules, sparring is a full-contact event and takes place between two competitors in an area measuring 10 meters square.
The ITF sparring rules differ from those rules in the WTF in several respects. Hand attacks to the head are allowed and kicks to the body gives two point and kicks to the head give three. A continuous point system is utilised in ITF competition, where the fighters are allowed to continue after scoring a technique.