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Young Taekwon-Do enthusiasts show off their skills at championship

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: November 13, 2013

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NEW Century Taekwon-Do group students from the Moorlands were among those taking part in the PUMA Northern Championships held at Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre.

The championships attracted competitors from as far afield as Oxford, Bristol and Exeter.

As well as the normal format of sparring, patterns and destruction, the Little Puma (4 to seven-year-olds) division performed a drill and high kick. New Century competitors who tasted success were as follows: Sam Finch (gold patterns and gold sparring).

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Jonathan Williams (gold destruction).

Jacob Bode (bronze patterns and bronze sparring).

Anthony Knight (bronze patterns and bronze sparring).

Brandon Bradbury (gold high kick, bronze patterns and gold sparring).

James Edwards (silver sparring).

Jordan Barnes (bronze sparring).

William Macpherson (Little Puma participation medal).

Ellie Patrick (gold sparring).

John Weatherer (gold destruction).

Vaughan Hodson (bronze sparring).

Eleanor Ferryday (bronze Little Puma drill).

Sean Hill (bronze sparring).

Billy Dolman (gold Bully Bob sparring).

Brian Acheson (gold patterns and gold sparring).

Sienna Redfern (bronze patterns).

Tom Wedgwood (silver sparring).

Paul Wedgwood (bronze sparring).

Harley Doyle (gold high kick).

Alfie Wyatt (bronze Little Puma drill and gold top draw).

Dion Doyle (bronze patterns).

Jonathan Williams (gold destruction).

Henry Owen (gold patterns and bronze Bully Bob sparring).

Jake Botchett (silver Bully Bob sparring).

Dylan Heartal (gold sparring).

William Owen (gold sparring).

Aiden Bailey (bronze sparring and silver bo staff) Thomas Bailey (silver sparring and gold destruction.

Paul Phillips (bronze patterns and silver sparring).

Riley Canning (bronze sparring.

Jack Wilson (bronze patterns.

Jenna Baxter (silver patterns and gold sparring).

Ella Bowley (gold patterns, silver sparring and high kick).

Tom Bryan (silver LP drill).

Zain Mansoor (silver patterns and bronze sparring.

Joshua Tunstall Harvey (bronze patterns and silver sparring).

Matthew Bagnall (silver patterns).

Leah Bailey (gold high kick).

Luis Nunes (bronze patterns and gold sparring).

Leon Harvey (silver patterns).

Matthew Jones (gold LP drill).

The PUMA/New Century Taekwon-Do group was launched in Leek by senior instructor Denis Salt in 1989 and now has nine schools across the Midlands. Classes are held at Brough Park Leisure Centre, in Leek, on Friday evenings, starting with the four to seven-year-olds (Little Pumas), followed by the seven to 11-year-olds junior class, and the 11-plus adult class.

For more details, call Dennis on 01538 308481 or visit www.nctkd.co.uk.

Meanwhile, Moorlands students also got together to celebrate black belt and other awards at PUMA’s 29th presentation evening, held at the Oasis Centre in Swindon.

It was a special occasion to celebrate and congratulate the students who have trained over four years for the honour of a PUMA black belt.

The chairman of PUMA, Master Ray Gayle 8th Degree, congratulated everyone and presented them with their belts.

He also honoured Paul Wedgwood with the best male colour belt award.

Leek’s Jacob Bode provided some of the entertainment by demonstrating his sparring skills.

Successful PUMA/New Century Taekwon-Do students were: Jacob Bode (promoted to 2nd Degree).

Paul Wedgwood (promoted to 1st Degree and top male colourbelt award).

Gary King (promoted to 1st Degree).

Helen Craven (promoted to 1st Degree).

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