ROMSEY AO Taekwondo has been an important part of the local community since 2017, running classes and workshops in and around the area.

The club is run by Alex Overy and within 24 hours of the Covid lockdown announcement classes were up and running on Zoom. Fees were reduced to allow for those members suffering financially to carry on training and thanks to the dedication of Alex and support from all the club members, the business has actually grown in numbers.

The benefits of being able to keep training during Covid were felt by many local families. Keeping fit and maintaining wellbeing were recognised by Alex as being a necessity during a difficult time and keeping the club running regardless became a priority over expansion.

Taekwondo has been proven to benefit children and adults in many ways, improving focus, confidence, concentration and is even beneficial in improving academic results. Finally, classes have resumed in person and Alex recently organised a whole weekend of activities for Club members.

Firstly, students were fortunate to have a sparring session with Master John McNally, founder and chairman of the International Taekwondo Council. This was also an opportunity for Master McNally to scout for talent for the England squad and he shortlisted a number of students.

A self defence workshop with the expert instructor was a huge success with one student saying ‘a really enjoyable two days of learning, picking up valuable, very useful tips and spending time with our Taekwondo family’. The following day Master McNally was the examiner for the latest Grading exams which all students passed successfully, three with an A grade, and all moving up to their next colour belt.

The Club is holding an open afternoon for anyone to attend at Mountbatten School on January 15 2pm-4pm where there will be demonstrations, entertainment, refreshments and a chance to have a go.

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