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Banbury Taekwondo club goes from strength to strength after going independent with students entering national competitions and winning.
“2015 has been a huge success for the club that also included Bill Leason winning a gold medal at the ITF worlds.”
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.
Wayne Cowley won Bronze in the Men’s heavyweight sparring.
Billy Leason came away with Gold in Men’s lightweight sparring.
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!
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Phone: 07419 140 276
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