Teenagers bring home medals for Chesham
Youngsters show their talent at annual tournament
THERE were medals aplenty brought home by Chesham Taekwondo Club from the British United Taekwondo Federation’s annual tournament.
A team of 21 took part , ranging from beginners in their first tournament to seniors who had just gained their first black belts, and the day began with the presentation of BUTF’s newly promoted black belts and dan grades.
Four of Chesham’s students were called up – Max Whitley, 13, Jasmin Hanchant, 14, and Harvey Stacey, 19 to receive their black belts, and senior member Craig Childress for his second dan.
The action then began with the coloured belts’ pattern event, where 15-year-old George Hanchant, who has often just missed out on medals in years gone by, won another gold to add to the one he landed in sparring at his last tournament, as well as a bronze in sparring.
Max Whitley won the junior black belt patterns before being put in a sparring group mixed in with the division above, but still went on to take silver. He then took part in a special power technique, flying side kicks over hurdles to break a board, which he also won.
Harvey Stacey and Luke Mitterhuber won gold and bronze respectively in the senior patterns before meeting in the middle and light heavyweight sparring final where, despite being team-mates, they exchanged heavy blows before the decision went to Stacey for his speed and accuracy of attack.
It was a deserved victory for Stacey, who in earlier rounds had dismissed one opponent with a suspected broken nose and defeated others with some spectacular kick and punch combinations, which had everyone watching in awe.
He then went on to his power event, where he broke two boards with a jumping 360º spinning kick but was disqualified on a foot fault.
However, he made up for that disappointment by landing a third gold in a special breaking technique, where he was the only one to break a board seven feet high.
Dave Shakespeare was also unlucky not to win his hand technique power event after breaking two boards with a reverse knife hand strike, but could not manage a third.
Anyone interested in joining the club should visit www.cheshamtkd. com or call 01494 778 764.
MEAN FEET: (Above) Chesham Taekwondo Club’s Harvey Stacey and (above right) Max Whitley