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Taekwondo Gold!

Amara and her medals
Amara and her medals

One of our sixth form students is celebrating after winning a gold medal in the Taekwondo South West Championship held in Torquay recently.
 
18 year old Amara Baxter is in Year 13 and studying Public Services, English and Maths. 
 
Amara won a gold medal in Sparring 18+ and a bronze in Patterns. She’s been studying Taekwondo since she was nine years old and is currently training for her Black Belt. Amara is a student at Kings Taekwondo where she trains twice a week.
 
“Winning the South West Championship boosted my confidence greatly,” said Amara. “During the fight I was nervous and even more so while I was waiting for the results. I was so pleased when I won.”
 
In 2016 Amara won three silver medals from the British Championships for Sparring, Patterns and Breaking.
 
As well as studying Taekwondo, Amara is a keen horse rider and spends her spare time looking after her retired race horse.
 
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art with a heavy emphasis on kicks. Taekwondo was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by various Korean martial artists, as a blend of the indigenous Korean fighting styles of taekkyeon, gwonbeop, and subak, with influence from foreign martial arts as well.