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Taekwondo Triumphs

Dan and his dad LeeBack in April, me and my Dad took part in the TTA UK Team Taekwondo Championships at the Time Capsule in Coatbridge . All the clubs from around the UK were there and it was very full. We had to wait a long time for it to start and when we finally got in all my friends from our club, Falkirk and Callander Taekwondo, were there.

I was competing in the under 30 Kg weight category and I had to wear lots of body armour because I could have got hurt. In taekwondo, you learn to defend yourself using your hands and feet. Taekwondo means "the way of the hand and foot" in Korean.

My first fight came and the atmosphere was very tense. The bell rang for the start of the fight. I could hear everyone cheering me on and as the bell rang for the end, I felt pleased that I had won. I was especially glad because the boy I had beaten, had beaten me in a previous competition. My second fight was not as successful as the first one because the person I was fighting was from my club and he was also better than me. I lost 12-11 and I was sad because I had been knocked out of the weight category. 

After all the fights had finished, the award ceremony started. I got a bronze medal and when I stood on the podium everyone started cheering. My dad won a gold medal as he was in a team of blue belt adults who won 3 out of their 5 bouts.

We had a team photo afterwards and everyone smiled as all our medals counted towards the Club Championships and we had won, so we were UK Champions for the fourth time in a row.

When we got home from the competition I had a shower and then I went to bed. I felt happy and tired.

Dan Hesp

TTA UK Team Taekwondo Championships


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