Bay stingers ex­cel at in­ter­na­tional event

Eyethu Baywatch - - SPORT • EZEMIDLALO -

RICHARDS Bay Stingers Taek­wondo are on a win­ning streak af­ter putting up a good fight, se­cur­ing nu­mer­ous podium fin­ishes at the first in­ter­na­tional Taek­wondo event in the coun­try, hosted by Master Vladimir Grachev.

Taek­wondo prac­ti­tion­ers from around the world de­scended on KwaDukuza to show­case their skills and to bat­tle and sift out the best.

Master Grachev holds a 7th De­gree in Taek­wondo and Hap­kido and the week long event was packed with sem­i­nars, um­pire cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, grad­ings and ex­tra train­ing with the se­nior mas­ters.

The team from Richards Bay was rep­re­sented by 30 mem­bers and re­turned vic­to­ri­ous with nu­mer­ous medals.

‘With the sup­port of our lo­cal com­mu­nity and Richards Bay Min­er­als who as­sisted with part of our costs, we were able to at­tend this event and ex­cel,’ said Chief In­struc­tor Bruce Madura.

‘For many of the Richards Bay Stingers, the jour­ney be­gan af­ter re­turn­ing from Ar­gentina with two world cham­pi­ons.

‘We achieved great suc­cess and as a re­sult, mem­bers have been mo­ti­vated and in­creased their train­ing ef­forts tremen­dously.

‘I started Taek­wondo in 2003 when I was tak­ing my son to classes and de­cided in­stead of sit­ting and wait­ing for him I would train, as watch­ing the art re­ally im­pressed me.

‘I was given the club when I was 2nd De­gree in 2009 and we grew from 10 stu­dents to a strong group of 70.

‘As a club, we have achieved over the years, but there is no greater feel­ing than the achieve­ments of my stu­dents.

‘Sport and mar­tial art is a place to grow fu­ture lead­ers. Taek­wondo train­ing in­cludes not only phys­i­cal ef­forts but also prin­ci­ples, moral cul­ture and our tenets which are cour­tesy and re­spect, in­tegrity, per­se­ver­ance, self-con­trol and in­domitable spirit.

‘I be­lieve that con­stant mod­el­ling of our be­hav­iour around this is the one way we can change our com­mu­nity.’

Mem­bers of Richards Bay Stingers Taek­wondo ex­celled at the first in­ter­na­tional Taek­wondo event in the coun­try re­cently

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