Gilmore strikes bronze at championships
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.