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Council pays tribute to Tara's remarkable return

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

Tara receives her certificate from councillors Colin Pearce (left) and Brian Johnson.

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A WORLD star in ju-jitsu has been honoured by her local council.

Oakamoor's Tara Burndred, a UK and world champion in the martial art, joined Staffordshire Moorlands councillors last week to celebrate her successes.

The mother-of-two won two gold medals and a bronzeat the 2013 world championships and also recently took bronze at this year's UK championships.

She was presented with a certificate recognising her achievements by SMDC chairman Councillor Colin Pearce, and Brian Johnson, cabinet member for leisure, sport, parks and countryside.

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Tara's achievements are particularly remarkable as they follow a long break from the sport to raise a family. She first represented Great Britain in 1993.

The council supported Tara's return to competitive action with a sports grant of £280 to help with coaching fees.

Mr Johnson said: "As a council, we wanted to recognise Tara's achievements and it was lovely to meet her and hear about her success and her plans for the future.

"The sports grant that we provided to Tara helped to fund her training for the national championships, where she was once again a medal winner, and it's wonderful to know this funding can make such a difference.

"We'll be following her progress closely when she defends her world title in Switzerland in September ,and we wish her every success."

Tara said: "I'd like to thank the council for inviting me along and for the presentation they made to me.

"The grant I was given really helped me focus on what I needed to do to win a medal at the national championships."

Tara has now turned her talents to training Staffordshire Moorlands residents at the Breathe UK centre at Blythe Business Park in Cresswell.

She said: "We opened the Tatsu Dojo centre in January, and it's going really well.

"It's great to be able to share my passion for martial arts with local people and I'm loving it.

"We teach adults and children a range of martial arts, offer self-defence classes and fitness and cardio workouts known as Kairo Kave.

"Kairo has been designed for weight loss and fitness, and is a combination of martial arts training and cardio.

"The Tatsu Dojo is the only Kairo centre of its kind in the UK and is managed by myself and the country's top Kairo specialists.

"We're using social media to help grow the centre and my aim is to not only develop the personal safety aspects and fitness side, but also help with local employment and work with businesses and clubs throughout the Staffordshire Moorlands."

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