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With the same great venue… same experienced judges… but a new burning desire to be this year’s Summer STOMP Champion the event was set and ready to go!! As students from Trenic-TKD, Hollingsworth-TKD, Luton ‘Next generation’, Khalsa and Welwyn Taekwon-Do Schools prepared to go head to head and battle it out we knew this event was going to be a roller coaster ride of excitement, anticipation, upset and joyous celebration….and it did not disappoint.

Up first were the cadets and juniors. Boasting over 150 competitors the divisions were busy and bursting with talent and it was encouraging to see each competitors enjoying themselves and soaking up the atmosphere. As patterns were called, this enjoyment quickly turned to determination as the young competitors began to warm up and mentally prepare for the task at hand. As always the patterns were performed to a high standard and were a pleasure to watch. As we progressed from white belts to the senior grades it was encouraging to see their competition experience shining through, shedding light on the importance and positive impact these local events have on the development of our junior competitors.

Once the patterns had finished it was time to pad up and prepare for sparring. With supportive parents and club members cheering on from the side of the ring everyone was excited to watch as the competitors stepped onto the mat. As with previous STOMP Championships strong performances were put in by all, and win or lose, each student showed the heart and determination of a true Taekwon-Do practitioner.

After a short lunch break it was time for the Generation-X Competition to begin. And to answer the question; Does Region 1 have the (Generation) X Factor? ..........DEFINATLY!!!

As the young 4-7 year old students entered the arena the occasion did not seem to faze them as they began to practice their routines. Performing a punch self-defence pattern, the students were judged on power, balance, breath control and good technique. This was a proud moment for the instructors and parents alike, seeing the children confidently perform as spectators watched on in ore. Competing way beyond their years we can confidently say the future of Region 1 competitors is definitely looking bright.

Once patterns finished it was time to get down to business as the Generation-X padded up and warmed up for sparring. In full kit the students were eager to step onto the mats and showcase all their hard work. Using good ring craft coupled with effective blocking and counter-attacks it was a true pleasure to watch.

We would like to share our thanks and appreciation to all the students and supports that helped to make the event the success it was and of course the judges and official that worked hard throughout the day. As you may be aware all proceeds from the event will be going towards sponsoring our elite competitors travelling out to the ITF World Championships 2014. On behalf of the UK squad we would like to say a massive ‘THANK YOU’ for your support and hope that with hard training and dedication maybe our STOMP Competitors of today will be our World Champions of the future!!

Written by: Matt Brunger - 28th June 2014

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