On Sunday 3rd December, University of Birmingham Taekwondo Club competed at the British Student Taekwondo Federation Challenge Cup, held at Aston University.
All five of the competitors achieved Silver or Bronze medals, as a result of their determination and spirit as well as the expert coaching of Hamid Ghayoorzadeh, Lee Bryan and Tom Hughes.
Mark Elliot and Hao Guo both earned Silver medals. Despite being International Taekwondo Federation-style fighters, they chose to compete in the World Taekwondo division in line with the club’s training style, which makes their achievement especially impressive.
Sarah Akponasa showed beautiful technique in her fights but lost to an old adversary and thus gained a Bronze medal. Justin Tan and Usman Ali also achieved Bronze medals, with Usman fighting his way into a staggering 20 point lead in his first fight.
The taekwondo club are looking forward to taking beginner members to their first competitions, as on Saturday 9th December a staggering 23 members took their first ever grading making them eligible for competitions.
Participation in training, competitions and social events has been outstanding in the autumn term and the club is excited for a busy 2018 with both new and old members.