Fam­ily’s fight­ing spirit

ACROSS THREE GEN­ER­A­TIONS

North Coast Weekender - - Sport - Tyler Brown

MAR­TIAL arts has be­come a fam­ily af­fair for the Duck­worths.

When Mike Duck­worth at­tended an anti-bul­ly­ing pro­gram run by ATI Mar­tial Arts Joon­dalup at the age of nine, lit­tle did he or his fam­ily know the im­pact it would have.

Now the 21-year-old Merriwa res­i­dent is a 3rd Dan black belt and full-time in­struc­tor at ATI.

He has won many state and na­tional cham­pi­onship ti­tles and brought home a sil­ver medal in his first open world championships held ear­lier this year.

Not to be out­done, his mum Jenny Duck­worth (56), who joined the club one year af­ter Mike, is also a state and na­tional cham­pion who has won medals at the last two world championships.

The Pad­bury res­i­dent is a 4th Dan in­struc­tor with ATI and said she was thrilled to rep­re­sent her coun­try along­side her son.

“To both bring home medals was un­be­liev­able,” she said.

Now Mike’s son Dean (3) has started his jour­ney at ATI, tak­ing part in the Lit­tle Dragons pro­gram.

“For both of us it was a no brainer to en­rol Dean at an early age, not only for his so­cial devel­op­ment but also for his con­fi­dence, lis­ten­ing skills and stranger aware­ness, which is in­cor­po­rated into the three to six years pro­gram,” Jenny said.

“Three gen­er­a­tions of Duck­worths now train­ing to­gether in taek­wondo is quite pos­si­bly a first for the pop­u­lar sport.”

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d466669

All in the fam­ily... Jenny Duck­worth, her son Michael and his son Dean (3) all take part in mar­tial arts.

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