Gil­more strikes bronze at cham­pi­onships

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MA­REEBA’S Ben Gil­more fought his way to two bronze medals at the Na­tional Taek­won-do Cham­pi­onships last week­end in Syd­ney.

Gil­more, a 4th de­gree black belt and in­ter­na­tional in­struc­tor, com­peted in both the pat­terns and self-de­fence com­pe­ti­tions against 240 par­tic­i­pants from across Aus­tralia.

The pat­terns com­pe­ti­tion in­volved com­pli­cated se­ries of move­ments such as blocks, strikes and kicks which are per­formed in a rou­tine.

In­ter­na­tional Taek­won-do Fed­er­a­tion Taek­won-do North Queens­land, 6th de­gree black belt in­struc­tor Jeff Dieben said the com­peti­tors com­pleted the moves de­pend­ing on their rank but do not fight.

“The higher your rank, the more tech­ni­cal the moves be­come,” he said.

“The two com­peti­tors com­plete their moves like a rou­tine. They re­main on op­po­site ends of the floor per­form­ing their moves and who­ever gets the high­est points moves onto the next round.”

The self-de­fence com­pe­ti­tion con­sisted of three at­tack­ers and one ‘hero’ who uses pat­tern move­ments to block the strikes.

The ITF Taek­won-do North Queens­land self­de­fence team in­cluded four mem­bers, Gil­more Dieben, Vince Vin­zon and An­thony Cole­man.

Dieben said he was proud of the achieve­ments from the com­peti­tors but the fo­cus of the club was for the mem­bers to be strong in­di­vid­u­als.

Any­one in­ter­ested in taek­won-do can con­tact Dieben on 0437 438 196.

ITF Taek­won-do North Queens­land self-de­fence team Jeff Dieben, An­thony Cole­man, Vince Vin­zon and Ben Gil­more took home the bronze medal for their hard work.

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