The lofty reputation of Hucknall’s KANG HAN TAEKWONDO CLUB was enhanced by a couple of excellent performances at the British National Championships.
Even though Kang Han entered their smallest team for the championships, which were held in Manchester, they brought home a gold medal and a silver.
The successes delighted the club’s chief instructor, Master Ian Lennox.
The gold was won by ten-year-old Tahya Fells, who was the club’s only representative on the second day of the tournament.
Her performance was well beyond her years as she landed head-shot after head-shot.
She was crowned national champion in one of the girls’ categories, ahead of second-placed Tegan Paynter, of the Waterside Taekwondo Club in Southampton.
Tahya, who recently received her black belt, has a bright future in the sport. She lives in Hucknall and goes to Hillside Primary School.
She is also a member of the Great Britain Poomsae squad. Poomsae is a set sequence of movements that consist of the various funadmental stances, blocks, punches and kicks within taekwondo.
Kang Han’s silver medal at Manchester was won on the opening day of the championships by 13-year-old Lauren Muzeja.
Lauren, of Washdyke Lane, Hucknall, was featured in the Dispatch in July after winning selection for the Great Britain team at the European Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Bucharest, Romania.
She reached the quarter-finals at the Europeans, and produced a terrific performance in the semi-finals at Manchester.
In the final, Lauren played a mature game against a much taller opponent in Siena Limbu Lingden, of the Gurumu club, which is based in London. But she was robbed in the last seconds by a dubious head-shot.
Nevertheless, the runners-up spot still maintained the remarkable progress Lauren has made since taking up the sport at the age of five.
The daughter of Lloyd and Laura Muzeja, she goes to the National Academy on Annesley Road.
Her mum is a coach at Kang Han, while her younger sisters, Ellie and Ashley, are also talented taekwondo players at the club.