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Caithness Tang Soo Do matrial arts club bring home medals from virtual championships

By John Davidson

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Caithness Tang Soo Do youngsters took part in a virtual Highland Championships.
Caithness Tang Soo Do youngsters took part in a virtual Highland Championships.

Youngsters from Caithness Tang Soo Do martial arts club brought back a haul of medals from a Highland Championships with a difference.

The contest, hosted by the Inverness club, took place online via Zoom due to restrictions over Covid-19.

Competitors from clubs across Highland, Moray and Edinburgh joined in virtually from the comfort of their own homes, putting their skills in Forms and Weapons to the test against each other.

Ten of these competitors were from Caithness Tang Soo Do and the club said they all performed exceptionally well, taking home a great haul of medals, made up of five golds, seven silvers and five bronze.

These medal results were awarded in the following categories:

Empty hand forms – 2 x golds, 2 x silver and 3 x bronze.

Bo-Staff forms – 4 x silver and 1 x bronze.

Nun-chuck forms – 2 x gold, 1 x silver and 1 x bronze.

Chil Sung Forms – 1 x gold.

Club instructors Stephen Mezals and Arizona Morence said that the past few months have been tough for the club and the students as they come to terms with new ways to keep training going online.

"However, the students have risen to to the challenge and have kept up with weekly training, preparing them for an online grading which was held back in July and then competing in this online championships.

“We are extremely proud of our students and their level of commitment over this past few months. Those who competed would certainly have been pushed out of their comfort zones, but they gave it their all and put on a tremendous performance and achieved some amazing results.”

Caithness Tang Soo Do is based in Halkirk, Caithness, and studies the ancient Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do. It covers a vast range of activities and is a great fun way to keep fit. It provides a structured and safe environment for children to grow in confidence and discipline and also offers a great deal for adults too. For more information, visit Caithness Tang Soo Do on Facebook.

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