Golds for Downend martial arts club

July 26 2022

Pictured: Becky Sheppard and Mitch Hopes

Pictured right: Becky Sheppard and Mitch Hopes

TWO members of a Korean Karate club based in Downend have won world championship gold medals.

Becky Sheppard and Mitch Hopes, of Downend Tang Soo Do, travelled to the World Tang Soo Do World championships in North Carolina at the end of June.

Becky, 24, from Kingswood, returned with two gold medals in weapons and sparring and one silver medal in forms, in the Female 2nd Dan Black Belt category, while Mitch, 31, from Emersons Green, won two gold medals for forms and sparring in the Male 1st Dan Black Belt category. 

Becky and Mitch have been training in the traditional Korean martial art for 15 and 14 years respectively, and Becky has reached the rank of E Dan, 2nd degree black belt, while Mitch has achieved his Cho Dan, 1st degree black belt. 

They travelled to America with over 100 members from Team GB, which brought back the overall male and female Grand Champion trophies.

The pair train at Downend Tang Soo Do, which meets every Wednesday evening at Christ Church Parish Hall on North Street.

For more information contact Ian Crook on 0781 774 4689 or visit the Downend Tang Soo Do Facebook page.

Alice Sheppard