Win by de­fault as bud­dies face off in na­tional fi­nal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

FRIEND­SHIP was put to one side tem­po­rar­ily when Che­sham Taek­won-Do Club pals Ge­orge Han­chant and Luke Mit­ter­hu­ber met in the fi­nal at a re­cent BUTF (British United Taek­won-Do Fed­er­a­tion) na­tional tour­na­ment.

The duo, pic­tured right, faced each other in the black belt light heavy­weight fi­nal and, al­though team­mates and good friends, put on such a spir­ited fight it had to be stopped just be­fore the bell as Han­chant sus­tained a nasty cut un­der his eye and the medics would not let him con­tinue.

That handed Mit­ter­hu­ber vic­tory by de­fault, but with Han­chant sec­ond and team­mate Jor­dan Hey­wood tak­ing bronze, Che­sham boasted an im­pres­sive 1-2-3 fin­ish.

Che­sham’s ju­niors also im­pressed in the black belt sec­tion, with Max Whit­ley shrug­ging off a bad knee in­jury to again land gold, just as he has ev­ery year at this level, this one be­ing the last be­fore he goes into the adult age group.

Lewis Swal­low fin­ished sec­ond as Che­sham dom­i­nated an­other di­vi­sion while Craig Chil­dress had only two weeks to learn his new pat­tern in the se­nior pat­terns but still won bronze.

Che­sham’s coloured belts also tasted suc­cess, not least Shel­don Chil­dress, who not only won gold in pat­terns and de­struc­tion and bronze in spar­ring, but also se­cured the over­all ti­tle thanks to the two golds he won at the sum­mer tour­na­ment.

Joe Fur­man­ski claimed sil­ver in the ju­nior spar­ring and bronze in the yel­low tag di­vi­sion and Calum Ea­gle­ton took a well-earned sil­ver in the yel­low tags.

In a very large ju­nior green belt di­vi­sion, Nathan Pas­call se­cured a bronze, while Neilon Pas­call earned gold in the fly­ing side­kick de­struc­tion by break­ing a board af­ter fly­ing over two hur­dles set a me­tre apart.

Mean­while, Craig Chil­dress has showed that age should be no bar­rier by pass­ing an in­tense BUTF grad­ing to reach third dan black belt – the sec­ond for the club – at the age of 55. He also passed an­other BUTF test­ing to be­come a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor, along with sec­ond dan Dav i d Shake­speare, who will now take over the full run­ning of a club in Great Mis­senden.

Newly-qual­i­fied: Dave Shake­speare, left, and Craig Chil­dress be­came qual­i­fied in­struc­tors

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