Inclusive club welcomes all to try Tae Kwon Do

By Jessica Durston - 18 January 2022

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  • Images from the 2021 ITC Southern Open Competition

    Images from the 2021 ITC Southern Open Competition

North Wilts Tae Kwon Do are encouraging everyone and anyone to join and try out martial arts.

Zac Lolley stepped up to the plate, claiming bronze for his efforts

The team at North Wilts Tae Kwon Do, view the korean form of martial arts as both an art-form and a sport that is truly for everyone, no matter your age or ability.

The North Wilts club, based at Badbury Park Primary School, run childrens, family, and adult classes. Personal tuition is also available on request.

The club provide training and support to students from all backgrounds and levels, regardless of age, ability or disability. 

The minimum joining age for a student is 4-years-old, and the Tae Kwon Do sessions aim to help students get fit and learn to defend themselves. 

Paul, Senior Instructor at North Wilts Tae Kwon Do, said: "Since our founding in 2015, North Wilts Tae Kwon Do has had the opportunity to help countless students acquire foundation skills, develop new techniques, and confidently move forward in their learning journey.

"We very quickly gained a very good reputation in Swindon, Wiltshire, and across the UK for supporting both our students and Tae Kwon Do as an art. We are also always happy to support local schools, fetes, and other charitable organizations with activities sessions. ?Taekwon-do themed birthday parties can also be arranged on special request."

North Wilts Tae Kwon Do entered in the ITC Southern Open Competition which was held on Saturday, 4 December 2021 which was held at St Joseph’s School in Swindon.

Competitors came from across the country, totalling nearly 200 with around 350 spectators.

The team said the star of the day was 19-year-old Zac Lolley from Rodbourne who has Downs Syndrome, which affects his balance, co-ordinations, and focus.

Zac has trained for just over 6 years, currently a 3rd Kup (or red tag) at North Wilts Tae Kwon Do.

This was his first competition in adult categories, and he said he was slightly nervous but adamant he was going to do his pattern without any additional support. Zac won bronze for his effort. 

Paul added: "Sparring was tenser but he found some turbo speed and pulled another bronze out of the bag!"

When asked after the competition how he felt about his success, Zac said: "I like helping to show the world that anyone can do anything."

The North Wilts team say they wish to also give others the opportunity to  - like Zac - to socialise and grow in confidence until they feel self-assured enough compete, if they wish.

North Wilts Tae Kwon Do is part of Sovereign Taekwon-Do Organisation which recognizes The International Tae Kwon Do Council (ITC) as their National Governing Body.

Those wishing to find out more information about North Wilts TKD can contact Paul on 07771861999 or visit the club's site at www.northwiltstkd.com

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