Kang Han medal aces make coaches proud

TEAM KANG HAN -- the taekwondo team who brought home a haul of medals from the tournament in Sheffield.
TEAM KANG HAN -- the taekwondo team who brought home a haul of medals from the tournament in Sheffield.

Another haul of medals made for another memorable day for the Hucknall-based KANG HAN combat and martial arts academy -- this time at a prestigious taekwondo tournament in Sheffield.

Team Kang Han put together a team of poomsae and kyrougi players to take to the ring in the one-to-one competition.

And although there were a few inevitable mismatches among the challenges, they all raised their game to produce some amazing performances that made their coaches very proud.

Poomsae is a set sequence of movements that consists of the various fundamental stances, blocks, punches and kicks in taekwondo, whereas kyrougi consists of sparring or fighting.

The younger male and female players competed against each other in the poomsae competition, with some from Kang Han stepping into the ring for the first time.

Eight-year-old Reece Wilshaw won a gold medal, while 14-year-old Emily Bicknell collected silver and 12-year-old Georgia Wilmot bronze.

Although she’s only 12, Madeleine Lilley is now a seasoned performer -- and she proved it by collecting another gold medal.

Nine-year-old Cameron Wilmot tried really hard on an enjoyable debut and is looking forward to competing again, while 13-year-old Molly Moffatt only just missed out on the medals, despite a confident performance.

Also narrowly failing to bag a medal was 29-year-old Emily Hatton, who produced a terrific display.

But in the under-15s’ category, it was a different story as a strong performance by ten-year-old Ellie Muzeja was rewarded with a silver medal after winning through three rounds to the final.

Unfortunately, Kang Han’s black-belt competitors came up against each other. In the over-15s, Sophie Holden (22) took gold, with Laura Muzeja (34) and Ricky Bacon (23) filling the bronze positions. Adam Shaw (20) and Beverley Surgey (49) performed admirably, but could not quite bag a medal.

Moving on to kyrougi, the Hucknall club’s contingent included Joja Wilshaw, who is only six years old.

Making her second competitive appearance, she fought an opponent who smiled her way through a barrage of kicks before the match was stopped at a massive 25-0 in Jorja’s favour.

Next up was 20-year-old Adam Shaw, who fought on the electronic PSS scoring system, as seen in the Olympic Games, and produced an impressive performance to triumph 9-1.

Nine-year-old Aaron Bedford was in equally fine form, peppering his opponent with head-kicks, resulting in a high-scoring match and also a stoppage-victory.

Weronika Stefaniak (11) followed into the ring shortly afterwards and provided her coach, Kerry Frizelle, with one of her best moments of the day.

After delivering a well-timed chopping-kick on her opponent -- en route to a well-earned gold medal -- Weronika exclaimed: “Wow! That was cool!”

Ten-year-old Tahya Fells was also among the medals, recording silver after a narrow defeat against a taller opponent.

And silver was also the reward for eight-year-old Reece Wilshaw, fresh from his victory in the poomsae ring. He fought back strongly, scoring a fabulous headshot.

Anyone interested in taking up taekwondo and training with the hard-working Kang Han students should go along to the academy on Beardall Street or ring 0115 9632008.