Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Honiton Tae Kwon Do ace Martin McClaughlin has been crowned the best in the world, writes Stephen Birley.
The Star Honiton Tae Kwon Do member won the Black Belt Mens Destruction title at the TAGB TI Worl Championships, held at Coventry Skydome.
McClaughlin was at the even with instructor Chloe Lock and three other senior students from the school Lock runs in Honiton.
He won the honour with a knifehand strike technique.
His category contained over twenty fellow Black Belts, which is a large category for Destruction as there is a big risk of injury competing in this.
Only McClaughlin and an 8th Dan from Norway were able to break the two black breaker boards to go through to the second round (two black boards is the equivalent of breaking four inches of wood).
The Honiton ace then attempted the same break with his left hand, he partially broke one of the boards meaning his opponent needed to break at least one full board in order to win the title. His opponent didn’t break the boards at all, so Martin was rightfully crowned World Champion. To put into perspective how impressive this is the 8th Dan who Martin beat in the second round went onto win the Forefist and Reverse Side Kick Destructions titles, so he was a tough guy!
The MClaughlin now holds the South West, Southern, Welsh and British Champion titles as well as this latest World crown!
The event had well over 3000 competitors of all grades and ages competing in Patterns, Musical Patterns, Individual Sparring, Tag Team Sparring, International Team Sparring and Destruction.
It was the largest Tae Kwon Do event to ever be held in the UK, attended by 21 different countries and was attended by the Grand Master C K Choi ninth Degree Black Belt. Martin McClaughlin apart, the others on duty at the even from Honiton were Tracy Kirby, Helen Kirby and Chloe Lock.
Helen and Tracy Kirby both competed in the Ladies Black Belt Patterns division which had over 100 competitors, ranging from first Dan to sixth Dan, so competition in this division was very fierce. They performed a good, strong pattern but didn’t get through to the semi finals.
Chloe Lock sparred in Ladies Black Belt Light Heavyweight division, winning her first round, but being edged out in round two.
Any one wishing to train to become a future world champion can contact Chloe on 01404 850033 or email email@example.com