TKD students get target grades

PUBLISHED: 14:02 04 September 2012 | UPDATED: 14:05 05 September 2012

Josh Solman, 13,  of the Sidmouth class, achieved the top level A pass.

Josh Solman, 13, of the Sidmouth class, achieved the top level A pass.


Eleven tae kwon-do students from Sidmouth, 10 from Charmouth, eight from Axminster and two from Bridport, all training under full time professional instructor Gerry Waugh, took part in the recent TAGB colour belt grading at Broadclyst, in front of the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) vice chairman, Master Michael Dew, 8th Dan.

Josh Solman, 13, and George Irish, 15 both of the Sidmouth class, achieved the top level A pass, with Josh (pictured) also achieving the grading award, the highest possible score in a tae kwon-do grading.

Eleven-year-old Maisie Bellworthy, from Charmouth, achieved an incredible fourth successive A-pass and grading award. Jamie Thomas, also 11, who only took up tae kwon-do in April this year, following a taster session at Charmouth Primary School, also achieved an A pass on his first grading, at which eight white belts moved up their first step on the grading ladder.

Sidmouth student Lily Worthington,10, as well as Axminster students Christian Hand, 10 and Louis Whittome, 8, achieved highly commendable Plus passes. Waugh said: “I am very proud of all the students, with some getting very strong passes and several having improved considerably over the past few months.”

Waugh also had success in his other schools, with a 100 per cent pass rate, including four A-passes, three plus passes and two grading awards achieved between his schools. All his schools are part of the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain, which has around 600 schools nationwide.

Olympic tae kwon-do gold medallist Jade Jones is a former TAGB black belt. Mr Waugh is keen to emphasise, however, that there is a lot more to tae kwon-do than the high kicks seen on TV over the summer.

He said “Students learn a wide range of techniques, of which sparring is only a small element. That is really the sport side. The art promotes respect, self confidence and discipline, and improves fitness, coordination and flexibility, while still being a highly enjoyable activity. It is suitable for both adults and children, and discounted training rates are available for family members training together.”

Waugh also works closely with his own instructor, Daren Sainsbury, whose seven students from Colyton also achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

Anyone interested in taking up tae kwon-do should call Mr Waugh on 01297 639830 or email or, for more information, see the website

SIDMOUTH: Jess Barriball (3rd Kup); Robyn Clifford (4th Kup); Charlie Pearson (4th Kup); Dylan Shepperd (5th Kup); Josh Gill (7th Kup); Josh Solman (7th Kup A Pass with Grading Award); Ben Elsom (8th Kup); Jaymie Glover (8th Kup); George Irish (8th Kup A Pass); Kieran Phillips (8th Kup); Lily Worthington (8th Kup Plus Pass).

COLYTON: Scott Westlake (3rd Kup); Pierre Hasham (3rd Kup); Jay Shayler (3rd Kup); Anthony Shayler (3rd Kup); Benji Pushkarev (4th Kup); Freddie Coles (7th Kup); Jevan Hampton-Rumbold (8th Kup).

AXMINSTER: Kyle Hughes (3rd Kup); Ethan Huxford (4th Kup); Hugo Whittome (6th Kup); Louis Whittome (6th Kup Plus Pass); Kyle Williams (6th Kup); Wesley Campos (8th Kup); Christian Hand (9th Kup Plus Pass); James Spires (9th Kup).

BRIDPORT: Simon Aze (8th Kup); Rosie Aze (8th Kup).

CHARMOUTH: Carl Jordan (4th Kup); Maisie Bellworthy (5th Kup A Pass with Grading Award); Luke Bearpark (9th Kup); Tilly Bellworthy (9th Kup); James Cormack (9th Kup); Natasha Harvey (9th Kup); Nathan Moorey (9th Kup); Pacey Roebuck (9th Kup); Jamie Thomas (9th Kup A Pass); Matthew Thomas (9th Kup).

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