Whit­ley fol­lows in foot­steps of world cham­pion Han­chant

Sec­ond pupil claims an­other big ti­tle for club

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But Whit­ley stayed fo­cused and de­ter­mined and af­ter two rounds ended up be­ing an­nounced as the -45kg WKU world cham­pion. He then had to run across the sta­dium to take part in the pat­terns event, where he added a sil­ver medal.

It was a stun­ning suc­cess, but Whit­ley was soon given a taste of what it was like to be a mul­ti­ple world cham­pion when the club re­ceived a visit from Zak Espi ahead of a BUTF (Bri­tish United Taek­wondo Fed­er­a­tion) tour­na­ment.

Epsi, a cur­rent ITF (In­ter­na­tional Taek­wondo Fed­er­a­tion) heavy­weight world cham­pion, who has won ev­ery ti­tle go­ing and is one of the big­gest names in ITF, is on old friend an ex­col­league of Mas­ter Keith Whit­ley, in­struc­tor at Che­sham.

Mas­ter Whit­ley said: “Zak of­fered to come down and share his knowl­edge and skills, and just in time, too, as the club pre­pares to en­ter a BUTF tour­na­ment.

“He left ev­ery­one in­spired and mo­ti­vated for the tour­na­ment. A true gen­tle­man of the sport, he sparred with a couple of the stu­dents who were brave enough.

“He was kind enough not to dam­age them, but left them in no doubt as to what he could do with his im­mense skill and power. Hope­fully the stu­dents will reap the re­wards.”

The visit seemed to work as Che­sham came away from the tour­na­ment with a clutch of medals at both ju­nior and se­nior level, in­clud­ing a gold and sil­ver for Char­lie Rix, and a gold for Neilon Pas­call – both com­pet­ing in their first tour­na­ment. Liam Glinzter, Joe Rix and Ian Evans were also among the win­ners.

Mean­while, Lewis Swal­low has be­come Che­sham’s lat­est ju­nior black belt af­ter fin­ish­ing top of his class at a re­cent BUTF black belt grad­ing. The 14-year-old took part in an in­tense exam held over two week­ends, test­ing him on all as­pects of taek­wondo.

(Top) Lewis Swal­low, Zak Espi, Max Whit­ley and Mas­ter Keith Whit­ley; (above) Zak Espi

(right) coaches at Che­sham Taek­wondo Club; (left) Zak Espi with Che­sham Taek­wondo Club

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