Ingoldsby’s Arnold family united in martial art

The Arnold family, from left - Rose, Gavin, Frances and Elliot.
The Arnold family, from left - Rose, Gavin, Frances and Elliot.
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A family from Ingoldsby took on the rest of the country in a Korean military martial art on Sunday.

The Arnold family were among more than 700 competitors at the Midlands Tae Kwon-Do Championships in Kettering, and returned home with two bronze medals.

Twelve-year-old Rose won bronze in the girls’ blue belt patterns and her brother Elliot, who turned 11 yesterday, also took bronze in the boys’ red belt team sparring. Mother and father, Frances and Gavin, failed to reach the top three spot this time.

The Arnolds train at Corby Glen Tae Kwon-Do Club and worked hard for their places in their respective disciplines.

Dad Gavin, 47, was promoted to black belt at the TAGB headquarters at Bristol in April. Having gained a lot of experience in the fours years since he took up the martial art, he won gold and the English title in men’s red belt sparring back in March.

He and Elliot first went to the club at an open evening in 2009 and Gavin quickly realised it was an activity they could both do and they enrolled together on the beginners’ course. Rose joined up a couple of years later and mum Frances 12 months afterwards.

Frances said she realised the importance of her children learning a method of self-defence. She said: “I’m pleased that both Elliot and Rose are learning Tae Kwon-Do from a self-defence aspect.

“I do worry about them but it is a bit reassuring knowing they have the knowledge and confidence at such a young age.

“The other advantage is that it is a family activity we can all enjoy and we train, compete and support each other together.”

Club instructor Jill Pearce, said a large number of students from both Corby Glen and Grantham had competed at Kettering, with the youngest only eight years old.

She said: “The motto of our club is that it’s all about the family. We are certainly a family orientated club. Brothers and sisters, dads and daughters and sons and mums all train together.

“Training is safe and enjoyable and does not discriminate on age or gender.”

Jill’s son Daniel, also a Tae Kwon-Do instructor, narrowly missed out on a bronze medal at Kettering, finishing fourth by 0.1 of a point in the men’s black belt patterns from a field of more than 100 competitors.

Other success for the Corby Glen club were Jordan Bean who won silver in the girls’ yellow belt sparring, Rosie Clarke who claimed silver in the girls’ red belt sparring and bronze in the girls’ team event.

Sue Patrick took silver in the ladies’ green belt sparring and another in the ladies’ team sparring. The men’s yellow belt sparring saw Philip Lee win a bronze medal.

l As well as Corby Glen and Grantham, classes are also run at Bingham, Sleaford, Newark, Melton, Stamford and Lincoln. For further information visit www.tkdclubs.com or call 01476 570616.