Claremont Platinum Taekwon-Do junior black belts to make international mark

Paul Raymond, Perth Modern student Aiden Duryea (15) and St Georges Anglican Grammar School student Isaac Blackwell (16) will compete at the 2019 ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships in Germany. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d492297
Paul Raymond, Perth Modern student Aiden Duryea (15) and St Georges Anglican Grammar School student Isaac Blackwell (16) will compete at the 2019 ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships in Germany. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d492297

CLAREMONT Platinum Taekwon-Do junior Black Belts Aiden Duryea and Isaac Blackwell will fly to Inzell in Germany this month for the World Championships.

Waterford resident Aiden (15) and Manning resident Isaac (16), who have both been training for almost 10 years in the martial arts, will compete alongside another 1235 black belt athletes from April 22 to 28 when 64 countries will unite at the 2019 International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) event.

The teens recently performed well at the ITF Taekwon-Do World Cup in Sydney in 2018, which qualified them for the Australian team.

Perth Modern student Aiden Duryea (15) and St Georges Anglican Grammar School student Isaac Blackwell (16). Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d492297

“The boys have been doing months and months of training and we’ve been working through targeted exercises specific to what they’re meant to do,” Coach Paul Raymond said.

Aiden and Isaac spend about 10 hours a week training in the lead up to the competition.

They will compete in events including sparring, patterns and prearranged free sparring.

Paul Raymond and St Georges Anglican Grammar School student Isaac Blackwell (16). Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d492297

Mr Raymond said his students had previously competed in the ITF World Championships but no one had scored a medal yet.

“It just speaks to the level of the competition – it’s very competitive,” he said.

“The boys have the skills and work to do really well so it’s a matter of putting it together.”