Open World Championships: “GI Jane” Henderson is world beater


The ATI Martial Arts team at the championships.
The ATI Martial Arts team at the championships.

KNOWN as GI Jane to her fellow athletes, Jane Henderson is a newly crowned tae kwon do world champion.

The Hillarys mother-of-two 4th degree black belt, who has trained at ATI Martial Arts in Joondalup for more than 10 years, won a gold medal in the women’s black belt executive division at the Open World Championships in July.

She joined a team of 19 ATI Martial Arts tae kwon do athletes from around Perth as the only Australia representatives, coached by four-time open world champion and 7th degree black belt Tony Curtis, 7th degree black belt Rodney Lockyer and 3rd degree black belt Michael Kaplan.

Fellow ATI Joondalup members 4th degree black belt Jenny Duckworth and her son 3rd degree black belt Michael Duckworth, of Padbury, also came home with medals.

Jenny won bronze in the women’s black belt executive 40-plus years lightweight sparring division while Michael won silver in the men’s black belt point sparring division.

Fighters from all over the worldhad to win their bout to continue to the next stage in the event.

“It was a very competitive style of hand and foot combat in which the winners truly earned and battled for every win,” ATI Martial Arts Joondalup director Rocco Capolingua said.

“Some athletes had to have four or five fights before even having a chance to compete for a medalling position.”

The organisation won a total of two gold, two silver and three bronze medals.