Black belt duo strike gold at UK champs

Noah Evans and Chloe Mabb
Noah Evans and Chloe Mabb

Students from the Martial Arts Centre – Eastbourne travelled to Liverpool last week for the annual Kuk Sool Won UK Championships.

With more than 500 competitors representing 70 Kuk Sool clubs from all corners of Britain and Ireland, this event now serves as one of the premier events on the martial arts calendar.

Eastbourne’s 1st degree black belts Noah Evans and Chloe Mabb once again dominated their respective classes winning the title of Grand Champion in the under 17’s category with an impressive nine gold medals and one silver medal out of 10 events between them.

The pair now remain unbeaten for a period of three years in all European International events, which has included victories in Scotland and Holland earlier this year.

Strong performances were also put in by young students, Katie Rich, Seren Hayler, Leon Stanbridge, Ivan Hung, Alex Williams and Thomas Poole, who also won gold medals in their individual classes.

The Martial Arts Centre - Eastbourne closed the event with a total of 168 points amassed by the students to finish an impressive fifth in the overall school rankings and were awarded a traditional Korean sword.

Earlier in the week the founder of the World Kuk Sool Association, Grandmaster Suh, In Hyuk, visited the Eastbourne club as part of a national seminar tour, along with various other senior Masters from around the world.

Students from other Kuk Sool schools throughout the south east joined together at the University of Brighton Sports Centre, to enjoy the three hour seminar, which focused on unarmed combat and various weaponry skills such as sword and staff.

Master Philip D. Holmes, 7th degree Master and school owner of the Martial Arts Centre – Eastbourne said of his students, “Martial arts’ training continues to be an activity that can give students, not only practical physical skills, but can also inspire them to become mentally stronger and more confident.

“The well-earned honours the students had achieved, reflected the many hours they had spent, dedicated to perfecting their skills and showed a tremendous team effort.”

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