TAE KWON-DO: Andrew is best of British

Andrew Mason at the British Championships
Andrew Mason at the British Championships
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Long Sutton student Andrew Mason won a gold medal at the British Championships.

He was first in the executive men’s blue belt sparring event at the Derby Arena.

Andrew Mason with other winners from Mark Farnham Schools

Andrew Mason with other winners from Mark Farnham Schools

A total of 20 fighting areas ran throughout the day with 1,300 competitors and more than 400 officials during the biggest event of the tae kwon-do year.

They included 46 students and 15 officials, plus spectators, from the Mark Farnham Schools of Tae Kwon-Do. They returned with 17 awards.

Competitors took part in pattern, sparring, destruction and team sparring events during the day.

Farnham said: “To win any award at this event is a very serious achievement so we are very proud to have won these awards throughout our 14 schools.

To win any award at this event is a very serious achievement so we are very proud to have won these awards throughout our 14 schools.

Mark Farnham

“A very well done to all the students who achieved these awards and a big thank you to all the officials and spectators who took the journey to support us.”

Meanwhile, a presentation also took place for those tae kwon-do practitioners gaining higher black belt grades.

Three members of the Mark Farnham Schools were honoured.

Carl Grimes – who teaches in Spalding – gaining his 6th Dan Masters grade after 23 years of training.

Carl Grimes

Carl Grimes

Warren Vice gained his 6th Dan Masters grade after 27 years of training.

Farnham gained his 7th Dan World Masters grade after more than 32 years of training.

He added: “This was a massive achievement for our schools and one of our biggest days with, for the first time, two 6th Dan Masters being gained.

“I am very proud of my two students Carl and Warren who have shown extreme dedication and have both been fantastic students, both also have been multi-world champions.”

Anyone interested in learning a martial art in a fun, friendly atmosphere should contact Mark on 07771 644460 or visit www.mftkd.co.uk