Sheffield taekwondo club head for world cup

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AS a ‘warm-up’ for the World Championships it wasn’t a bad day’s work at all for the members of Sheffield’s DS Taekwondo club.

They bagged a haul of silverware in the Lincolnshire Open Taekwondo Championships in which over 50 clubs were taking part.

There were 23 students from DS Taekwondo, which is based at Crookes and is part of the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain (TAGB), the largest martial arts association in Europe.

They competed in different events including traditional patterns, semi-contact sparring, breaking boards and the flying kick event.

Plenty of them mounted the podium for first, second or third and so well did the club do in the individual events that they were awarded second place overall.

“That was a fantastic achievement for us,” said instructor Dave Shillabeer, a world champion and England international.

“We were so pleased to finish second as the club who won entered more than twice our number of competitors and it shows the high standard and the quality we have,” he added.

“Our ages range from 5 to 45 and I believe in the great benefits of the sport to youngsters in terms of breeding self-confidence and self-discipline as well as many other factors.

“Schools recognise the benefits of martial arts and the TAGB have one of the best, competitive circuits in the world.”

Over 50 nations will compete in The World Championships in July in Coventry.