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Birmingham National Indoor Arena

Tae Kwon-Do practitioners from all over the globe came to Birmingham last weekend to compete in the Tae Kwon-Do International World Championships, hosted by the TAGB (Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain). Over 2500 competitors took part over two days of all disciplines in the Korean Martial Art. Medals were contested in patterns, sparring and destruction across all ages from yellow belt through to senior black belt grades.

The TAGB Schools from Tae Kwon-Do Torbay took a contingent of students along to compete with many students taking part in their first world championships.

Competitors from as far a field as Argentina, USA and Australia ensured that competition was tough. Milly Burman, Oscar Hegarty, Ella Saunders, Skye Kelly and Lauren Saunders just missed out on medals this time but came away with invaluable experience in competing on a world stage. However Bronze medals for Luis Hegarty in Tag Team sparring and another Bronze in Men's Red Belt Sparring led the way for an inspired performance gold medal by Kian Burman in Boys Blue Belt sparring resulting in him being crowned World champion.

Andy Saunders, instructor for TAGB Tae Kwon-Do Torbay said, "I am so proud of all of my students, they have worked so hard for months in the run up to this tournament, as they do for all the other national and regional championships, but this one was one they really wanted to shine in, for some it was not to be this time but others came away with really great results. It puts us in a great position for when we host the South West Championships at Torbay Leisure Centre at the beginning of October. It goes to show that the strength we have in our students coming from a young age will provide a bright future."

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