National success for Taekwondo experts

Ken James Academy
Ken James Academy

Ken James Taekwondo Academy of Eastbourne enjoyed tremendous success at last week’s British Championships.

Competitors from the club were inspired to enter the fiercely contested national competition after their recent fine performances at the South East.

Eastbourne collected aa medal haul of six silvers and two bronzes. World Champ Michele Cavallin this time missed out on honours in the patterns but claimed silver in the sparring after a stunning performance in the final.

Michele said, “It was a great final, even my opponent thought I should have won the fight, but the main thing was that I was happy with my performance.”

Michele also won silver in tag team sparring.

The new year is set be exciting for Michele as she’s expected to team up with the England squad for a charity tournament in Canada. Michele will attend regular training sessions in Nottingham and hopes to be included in the England squad for the trip to Canada and take on the best in the world.

Eastbourne’s Matt Cook was once again on the podium as he won bronze in patterns - a tremendous achievement.

He also went to the GTI British championships and won gold in patterns, gold in point stop sparring and silver in continuous sparring.

Students from Ken James clubs across the South East also did well.

They had a silver from Horsham, bronze from Ashford and Bexhill and bronze from Lewes.

Eastbourne medal winners: Michele Cavallin two silver medals; Christiana Morejondehoyas silver in sparring; Daniel Thompson bronze in tag team; Harry Flaherty bronze in tag team; Matt Cook bronze.

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