RUBERY Taekwon-Do club is celebrating after five of its members became national champions.
The club had ten students competing at the GTUK National Championship, in Coventry, and nine returned with medals, including five gold, five silver and four bronze over several categories and age groups.
Amy Ridgard (adult, black belt), who recently returned from the World Championships in Holland with a battled for bronze in sparring, took three medals, winning gold (tag team), silver (patterns) and bronze (sparring).
Immi Hand (adult, black tag) won two gold medals in patterns and sparring and Simon Booth (adult, black belt) returned with silver in the tag team.
Andrew Chambers (veteran, black tag) had two medals, gold in patterns, and bronze in sparring.
There was also success for the juniors with Paul Baker (junior, black tag) – winning gold (sparring), Izzy Allen (junior, red belt) taking two silvers (patterns, and sparring) and Kai Gabriel (junior, black tag) winning silver for sparring.
Madison Pewtner (peewee, blue tag) and Harry Baxter (peewee, blue tag) secured bronze medals in patterns and sparring.
Coach Yvonne Hill said: “I am so proud of all my students – we have a fantastic group of supporters and instructors. Our success is a team effort.
“We never go to tournaments expecting medals, though they are always welcome. Our prime aim is for the students to enjoy themselves, have pride in their sport and to come home proud of themselves and richer for the experience.”
The students train at Waseley Hills High School, and Bournville College, Longbridge, on Thursdays and Fridays.