Carronshore’s Central Taekwondo Academy now has FOUR national champions following the British Taekwondo Control Board British Championships last month.
Most convincing was Kristian Kinnon (13), from Larbert. He was far too fast and powerful for his opponents in the male cadet group. His final match was stopped by the referee after 70 seconds with Kristian an unassailable 11 points ahead.
In the girls category, Jordyn Smith (10) followed up her recent gold medal win at the Luxembourg Open with a successful defence of her British title. She won her way to the final convincingly and saw off her final opponent by three points to two.
Christopher Sweeten (16), who travels from Glasgow to train with Central Academy, won three matches to become British junior male champion and is now in the running to represent the UK at the European championships in Cyprus in October.
The fourth title went to the club’s Chief Instructor, Seventh Dan Master David Bailey. For the first time, the national championships included veteran divisions. Master Bailey is 50 this year and, despite “veteran” being over 35, he came out of retirement to experience the excitement of competing once again.
His last tournament was eighteen years ago at the World Championships at Madison Square Gardens, New York. After three very tough matches, a classic late head shot in the final earned the British title with a 8-4 win.
As a result he has now been selected for the European Masters Games in Italy in September. Bailey said: “I wanted to do something exciting in my fiftieth year and when I heard about the new veteran categories I couldn’t miss the opportunity to compete again.
“It was a lot tougher than I remember! The punishment on the body is a lot harder to deal with at this age.” The club recently had a visit from Olympian Aaron Cooke, who is ranked No.1 in the world and came fourth at the Beijing Olympics. Meanwhile, club black belt Angie Bailey has been selected for Team GB in the world championships in Vladivostok, Russia at the end of this month.
In Karate, Kobe Osaka competed in the SKGB national kata championship on June 5, in Meadowbank Stadium.
Claire Penman won gold in the 14-16 years and she qualifies to represent Scotland at this year’s cadet and junior World Karate Championships in Malaysia.
Sam Doran won gold and silver but missed out on being selected too; Holly Martin won two silvers and a bronze. Lauren Howe won a bronze, Nicole Erskine bronze, Owen Erskine bronze; Leigh Doran and Becky Morley winning silver in the team. Paul Lapsley won double bronze.
Next up is the KOI World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Muay Thai boxers also earned medals last month.
Grangemouth’s Carnage gym fighters; Andrew Frew and Tony Anderson, won fights at the Scottish championships.