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Banbury Taekwondo club goes from strength to strength after going independent with students entering national competitions and winning.

Banbury Instructor John Crighton said:

“2015 has been a huge success for the club that also included Bill Leason winning a gold medal at the ITF worlds.”

Bill LEASON ITF WORLD CHAMP
Bill Leason

On November 1st 2015 Students from Banbury Taekwondo Club entered the GTI British open championships in Cheltenham, with all three coming away with a medal.

Talen Davies won Silver in boys light heavyweight sparring.

Talen Davies won Silver in boys light heavyweight sparring.
Talen Davies

Wayne Cowley won Bronze in the Men’s heavyweight sparring.

Wayne Cowley won Bronze in the Men's heavyweight sparring.
Wayne Cowley

Billy Leason came away with Gold in Men’s lightweight sparring.

Billy Leason came away with Gold in Men's lightweight sparring.
Billy Leason

To add, one of the older members Mr Pete Preston achieved his 2nd degree black belt at the ripe age of 70 years of age. Pete is also affectionately known as ‘Granddad Pete’ to the little kids and also known as ‘The Cobra’ to the adults because of his quick punches!

Pictured left to right: Mr Pete Preston sparring with John Crighton
Pictured left to right: Mr Pete Preston sparring with John Crighton

The club also found time to fund raise for Katherine House Hospice. A local charity close to many members heart and in particular John Crighton wife’s Mother. They raised just under £125.00.

The club has a dedicated children’s class and a separate adult’s class who train every Monday and Wednesday at Stanbridge gym at Banbury School. Wednesday at 6pm to 7pm for juniors and 7pm to 8.30 for adults. The Monday sessions are for sparring.

John added:

“We’re really looking forward to 2016 where we want to put the club right in the heart of the community. The club has a dedicated children’s class and a separate adult’s class who train every Monday and Wednesday at Stanbridge gym at Banbury School.”

BBTA Black Belt Grading Saturday November 21st 2015

Promoted to 2nd Degree

  • Mr Peter Preston

Promoted to 1st Degree

  • Libby Tiernan
  • Jonathan Richardson
  • George Richardson
  • Mintu Sidhu
  • Alana Ford
  • Matthew Tagg

BBTA Black Belt Grading

Banbury Taekwondo club brief history

The club has existed in the town since 1983 originally based at the town hall eventually moving to Banbury School in 1996. During its existence the club has produced many British, European and world champions in sparring and patterns.

The club is part of the British Black belt Tae Kwon Do Academies with Master Phil Thomas as the chief instructor and founder of Banbury Tae Kwon Do. The club has many members who have been training for over 20 years.

Banbury Instructor John Crighton has been the club instructor for 10 years

Currently a fourth degree black belt, John original started karate at Bodicote with Andy Turner in the 1970’s before moving to train with Ray Evans in the early 80’s.

John did Lau Gar kung Fu briefly before a work injury stopped his training. John started Tae Kwon Do in 1993 just really to keep fit and gain confidence after being bullied at work by his line manager.

After six years he achieved his black belt and has never looked back and has produced his own black belts most who still train with him today.

Fancy joining? Contact John

Phone: 07419 140 276

Email:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/banburytkd/

 


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