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Martial arts: Bower Park pupil crowned world taekwondo champion

PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 July 2018

Harrison Smith celebrates

Harrison Smith celebrates

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Bower Park Academy pupil Harrison Smith was on a high after being crowned at the Taekwondo World Championships.

Hosted by the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain (TAGB), it saw 22 countries send fighters to compete in various events over two days.

Some of the best fighters, patterns technicians and destruction champions came together to battle it out for the title of world champion, with amateur coloured belt divisions for people of all ages and abilities to try their skill alongside the greats.

The 13-year-old Smith, a student at the Romford & Dagenham TKD club, entered three different categories, which each had around 60 competitors and came fourth in the individual patterns.

Knocked out of the sparring competition by an Argentine rivals, he nonetheless made a massive impression on the judges in musical patterns, obtaining winning scores easily above the others to become champion.

Smith choreographed his pattern himself, using the very highest grade combinations to make it a very challenging pattern with 118 moves in three minutes.

And the performance was executed with precision and power, leaving the panel in awe, as instructor Alison Edwards said: “Harrison has really raised the game this year. I was so excited to watch Harrison and see what he could achieve! It was a very emotional day with a performance that was exceptional.”

Edwards also saw her instructor Miles Lutwyche compete with over 50 others to become world champion in the men’s black belt patterns.

Romford & Dagenham TSD train at Robert Clack and Redde Court Schools and more information is available by calling Alison Edwards on 07720 711807 or at their website romfordtkd.co.uk.

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