Win by default as buddies face off in national final
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