Taekwondo academy claim medal haul in Rotterdam

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Harrogate’s KR Ali Taekwondo academy headed to Rotterdam last weekend with a British Taekwondo Clubs team to compete at the 10th Dutch Masters.

Master Kambiz R Ali, 6th Dan, who was team coach for both sparring and pattern led nine members of club, and came back with a fistful of medals.

New recruits took the majority of the medals.

Yellow tag Angela Walker won gold for her individual pattern. Luis Grant, also a yellow tag, came home with gold for his individual pattern. Angela and Luis entered the pairs pattern competition, winning gold for their hard work.

Hannah Campbell, yellow tag, starred in her first competition in the sparring section and returned with a silver medal.

Thirteen-year-old green belt Cadan Hoare has represented the club in previous competitions, and this time secured a silver medal for his pattern. Cadan also took part in the sparring section where he achieved a valiant fifth place

Finally, Sa’andor Jakob returned to defend his gold medal from last year. His employers, Continued Care, sponsored his return trip, and repaid them with a sparring gold medal to retain his title..

Master Ali himself entered the pattern competition and only two points separated him and the gold medallist.

Ghazal R Ali, junior black belt 2nd poom, also competed in pattern achieving fifth place.

Fifteen-year-old Thomas Henley battled through a strong field to reach the quarter-final where he missed ultimately out on the semi-finals.

Gabriel Sosa reached the quarter-finals and fought a strong quick opponent.

Master Ali said: “I am so proud of my students. The ones who won medals I am very pleased for.

“My greatest admiration is for those who didn’t manage to get onto the podium.

“Both Gabriel and Tom had hard draws to get through to reach the final.

“There is no thing as an easy fight at this competition, and whilst Tom didn’t get the judging calls we had hoped for I am pleased with his effort.”

The club thanked sponsors Eagle Eye Photography, Vivido Restaurant, and especially Jinnah Restaurant who helped fund the trip to Holland.

Master Ali and the club has been invited by the Mayor’s department for a celebration of success at the 10th Dutch Masters.

A congratulatory ceremony will be held for the club at Crescent Gardens on Saturday June 15.