Local fighters compete 
at Scottish Championships

Jessica Auciello fighting at the Scottish Championships EMN-140714-155502001
Jessica Auciello fighting at the Scottish Championships EMN-140714-155502001
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There have been a chain of events across the UK where Stamford & Oakham Taekwondo club have excelled and achieved success over the last few weeks.

Members of the club travelled to Motherwell in Scotland for the GTUK Scottish Championships and brought back a hoard of medals.

Fourteen students took the six hour journey to compete at the Commonwealth Games arena, and returned with 16 individual medals, and seven students were selected for the England Teams and brought back seven trophies.

In the individuals, black belt Rimini Auciello, 10, coloured belt Amelia Gardner, 12, and coloured belt William Gardner, 8, all achieved gold medals in their categories.

Liam Watkinson, Steve Marshall & Jamie Lam were all selected for the Male England Team who returned with a gold trophy.

Jo Auciello was selected to represent the female ladies team who also returned with gold, and Jamie Watkinson represented the junior boys’ team, who took Silver.

Jessica Auciello, 11, and Rimini Auciello were both selected for the Peewee Girls 11-12 yrs team, with Rimini being moved up an age category. They gave a tremendous performance resulting in a gold trophy with a clear win of 12-3 in the final.

A special mention must also go for the club’s “Little Taek” competitor Patrick Lacey, aged 4, who despite being in only his second competition brought back a bronze and silver!

The next event saw eight students from the Stamford & Oakham club attending the National Black Belt grading in Coventry.

Charlie Hill, Charley Darby, Alex Bland, Oliver Troth, Imogen Freeborough and Jamie Watkinson all successfully graded in the morning session, with Jamie Watkinson successfully achieving his second degree black belt.

The afternoon saw senior student Jamie Lam again successfully achieving the coveted second degree status in a tough grading.

All younger students take part in a specifically designed test in conjunction with learning styles taken from the National Curriculum, as the club recognises that children need to be differentiated from adults. Students under 12 years have to perform a range of movements in patterns, self-defence, sparring, and a thesis -piece of course work, as well as being tested on Korean language.

Juniors and adults are also required to break wood in order to pass.

At the end of June, 58 students from Stamford and Oakham were tested for their next coloured belts in front of the association’s president, Grand Master Oldham, a ninth degree black belt, with again a 100 per cent success rate.

The Grand Master said: “Stamford and Oakham clubs have a fantastic standard, which comes from both the top tuition of the instructors, but also is down to the dedication of the students!”

A Grade Passes were handed out to Robyn Bradley, from the Stamford club, and Rory Purnell, from the Oakham club, having achieved a very high level of performance.

William Gardner, from Bourne, who trains at the Stamford club and is a keen member of the England Squad, had an exceptional grading and was rewarded with a double belt promotion.

Grand Master Oldham said: “Double promotions are handed out very rarely; this is the first one I have handed out for nine months.”

William went from yellow belt green Tag to green belt blue tag.

Mr Auciello, who himself was recently awarded at the prestigious What’s on 4 Kids awards, the title of National Most Outstanding Activity Leader for 5-12 years, is very proud of all his students’ achievements.

He said: “The club’s successes just keep getting bigger and better, at each level the dedication and achievements of the students astound me.”