Update: The squad of 10 competitiors from Vision Academy won 14 medals between them.
Next week martial arts students from Vision Academy in Crowborough will take part in the Taekwon-Do World Cup.
The last International Taekwon-Do Federation World Cup was held in Brighton two years ago, but this time competitors from the UK will travel halfway around the world to take part, as the tournament is being held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Taekwon-Do is a Korean martial art, based on karate it combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise.
The competition starts on 26th August and lasts five days. It is expected that there will be 700 competitors from around 40 countries.
Although the competitors from Crowborough are paying for their own travel costs, students and friends have been fundraising for the last few months to help pay for uniforms and sparring equipment.
Fundraising began with Otis Waghorn, who is in Year 7 at Beacon Academy, setting himself the challenge of completing 4718 sit-ups in 7 days which is the mileage between Crowborough and Montego Bay. Otis currently holds gold medals in the English Open Championships, and Celtic Cup for sparring in the under 155cm category. Otis succeeded by performing almost 700 sit-ups a day, but admitted it was more difficult than he thought it would be, and he felt the affects of the exercise for a few days afterwards.
One of the other students, Gavin Wallace, then decided to take-up the same challenge but do 5 weeks worth of exercises, 4718 push-ups, 4718 squats, 4718 reverse crunches, 4718 turning kicks (on each leg), 4718 punches (on each hand). That is a total of 33,026 exercises.
The students competing at the World Cup are Daniel Lobley (17yrs), Tim Lobley (16yrs), Chorlene Biron-Monnier (14yrs), Edward Weston (16yrs), Alan Soutar (43yrs), Gavin Wallace (19yrs), Otis Waghorn (12yrs), William Shepperson (12yrs) and Instructors Philip Lear (43yrs) & Katinka Blauw (47yrs).
As the squad from Crowborough are competing with the best in the world, with some of the teams very well funded, the “Friends of Vision Academy” wanted give them a moral boost and send them off with branded doboks (uniforms) as well as equip them with competition standard sparring kit. To do so the “Friends” set-up a donation page to raise £1,500.
In total over £2,500 has now been raised, along with sponsorship from ACE Environmental Services, now means the team of ten competitors have all of their equipment paid for and there is money already raised for the next event that students will represent Vision Academy in.
The squad from Vision Academy in Crowborough depart on the 24th.
Vision Academy hold Taekwon-Do classes at the Crowborough Leisure Centre on a Tuesday and Friday.