Tae Kwon Do prepare for major at Leeds

After a successful “Give It A Go” event, Swansea University’s tae kwon do team are all set for the upcoming UK ITF University Open which is set to take place in Leeds.

Emily Batson, tae kwon do captain, is thinking positive about the event on February 26.

“We hope to take around 13 [competitors] and hopefully bring back some gold,” she said.

“We’ve got a good few black belts on our team and some of the younger grades are showing some real potential in sparring, so I’m quite confident.”

Batson will be leading from the front taking part in several key disciplines in Leeds including patterns, sparring and destruction.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll win in most categories to be honest,” added second degree black belt Batson, who has more than eight years’ experience in tae kwon do.

Following the competition, the tae kwon do team will have their next grading event at the university to test the ability of their members.

Batson is yet to know for certain how many will be grading but she is aiming for the number to be in double figures.

This will take place on March 1.

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