Midvale: ATI Martial Arts group claims haul of medals at taekwondo Open World Champs


The group of 19 who travelled to the UK Manchester; and  Instructor Chalitra Buanuch with Tyson Puggaard, 19 at ATI Midvale classes in 2015. Pictures: Supplied
Midvale: ATI Martial Arts group claims haul of medals at taekwondo Open World Champs
The group of 19 who travelled to the UK Manchester; and Instructor Chalitra Buanuch with Tyson Puggaard, 19 at ATI Midvale classes in 2015. Pictures: Supplied

GOLD medal winners from the ATI Martial Arts group, which has a branch in Midvale are celebrating their wins since their return to Australia after taking part in the World championships in Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Earlier this month the 19-strong athletic team headed to the UK for the championships in Taekwondo.

The talented team also brought home two silver medals and three bronze medals in the competition.

It was the 13th year the competition has been held at the Open World Championships.

ATI Martial Arts spokesman Darren Freeman said the event attracted fighters from all over the globe to compete in a round robin style competition.

He said the competition was significant because it highlighted a “very competitive style of hand and foot combat in which the winners truly earn and battle for every point”.

Freeman said some athletes had up to five fights before they got to the next stage of the competition for a medal position fight.

Team ATI Martial Arts were the only team present representing Australia and came away with two Gold, two Silver and three Bronze medals.

The age range of the team was from 18-years through to 57-years of age, Freeman said.

Freeman said the outstanding Midvale team performers were Jane Henderson and Ashley Ratten in the 40+ division point fighting won gold along with Ash Jaime Davis who won bronze and in the Pount fighting silver continuous Michael Duckworth won silver and Jenny Duckworth bronze 40+ points and in the fighting division Tristan Johnson won bronze.

The team was accompanied by Tony Curtis who is a former world champion and along with Rodney Lockyer, a former competitor.

“They were the ATI team directors,” Freeman said who was unable to attend this year’s competition but has accompanied the team in previous years.

“These champions know the competition all too well and were best places to coach their students to victory.”

The men were also assisted by Michael Kaplan in the coaching department who holds a Dan.

Freeman said the former Australian champion and Midvale resident Tyson Puggaard (19) was knocked out in his division in Manchester, which was the 19 and above age group weighing in at 97kg.

“It’s disappointing as he is an awesome competitor but he gave it his all and the competition standard was very high,” Mr Freeman said.