A Taekwondo teacher from Tring has been selected to represent England in the Taekwondo Commonwealth Games later this year.
Mark Pawlett, who coaches at Sanshin Taekwondo – based at the Tring Community Centre – has been involved in Taekwondo since the age of 11 when he started competing in sparring (Kyorugi).
However, in the last couple of years, Mark has become more interested in the more technical side of Taekwondo – in particular Poomsae; a series of defending and attacking Taekwondo movements performed in sequence.
Poomsae competitions are judged on the basis of accuracy, presentation, power and Ki, also known as martial art spirit.
In November last year, Mark was selected as a member of the British Poomsae team, following encouragement from his Milton Keynes instructor Master Cesar Constantino.
“Little did I expect that this 33-year journey would lead to the Taekwondo Commonwealth Games,” said Mark.
“Not only was I selected for the individuals’ event, but also pairs and teams – giving me three chances of medals.
“So there are very exciting times ahead and, of course, four months’ preparation before the big event on November 15 and 16 in Edinburgh.
“Representing my country in such a prestigious event has always been a dream, which is now becoming a reality.”
Mark’s club in Tring is a small family group, although they do very well in competitions – with one younger member wining a bronze medal in the 2014 National Championships and a silver medal in a national competition at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium
The club is registered with British Taekwondo, which is the only organisation in Britain that gives access to world-class events such as the Olympics and World Taekwondo Games.
To find out more, contact mark at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07932 648491.