Taekwondo club brings home the gold
Three of the tournament team have been crowned national champions including two talented juniors.
Jack Davey, 16, is the champion in the open sparring 67-72kg yellow-belt division while nine-year-old Ryan Brooker is the champion 8-9 years 38-42kg sparring red-belt division.
In addition to three national championships the team brought home three silver and two bronze against strong competition.
The nationals this year attracted record numbers with around 2000 entries received, and international competitors from Korea, Germany, Samoa, Malaysia and New Zealand.
Master Phil Monaghan credits the success of the team not only to the high level of instruction that the students receive but the commitment and desire not only of the students but their parents as well.
“These kids take their training seriously and so do their parents,” he said.
“Proof of this is that in the weeks leading up to the tournament the team was training at least four out of five days at DMA and then were putting in the hours for cardio fitness in our gym or running at home.”
Diamond Martial Arts instructors not only have international competition experience but continue their education with some of the best trainers in the world.
Later this month DMA will host a seminar by John B Will, Brazilian ju jitzu and mixed martial arts legend.