The 18 person team gathered 35 medals at the All Styles National Korean Martial Arts Championship.
Alchemy Dojang based in Cresta excelled and won a staggering 35 medals comprising 10 Gold, 18 silver and 7 bronze at the Korean All Styles Martial Arts National Championships held at Wits Multi Sports stadium.
The Korean All Styles Martial Arts National Championships attracted competitors from all over South Africa. Teams converged in Gauteng from Cape Town, KZN, Mpumalanga, Free State, Limpopo and Northwest.
Alchemy Coach Master Gregory Hart said, “This is the first time the National Korean All Styles has been held since 2019 so it is very encouraging to see how well the local martial artists have done and that the standard has been maintained. Particularly heart-warming was the throngs of spectators who filled the stadium.”
All ages and belt levels were represented from the 5-year-old white belts up to 65 years old Black belts and included a highly anticipated 4th-7th Dan Masters Category. Students got an opportunity to learn in an all-Master Championship Challenge as Masters compete with each other.
Altogether 258 exponents of the popular martial arts of Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo from 9 different Korean Martial Arts organisations participated in the disciplines of forms, weapons forms, point sparring, continuous sparring and kick low fighting.
- Braedon Hollingworth, 15-17yrs Advanced, Silver for Forms, Gold in weapons, Silver in Team Form, Bronze in continuous sparring, Silver with combat weapon fighting and Silver for kick low fighting.
- Katherine Hollingworth, 18-34yrs Advanced, Silver for Forms, Silver in weapons, Silver in Team Form, Silver for point sparring, Gold in continuous sparring and Bronze with combat weapon fighting.
- Dewet Pienaar, 7-8yrs Beginner, Silver in weapons & Bronze with combat weapon fighting.
- Maarten Coetsee, 35-55yrs Advanced, Gold for Forms and Silver in weapons.
- Harrison Taggart, 9-11yrs Beginner, Gold for point sparring.
- Janne van Heerden, 12-14yrs Intermediate, Gold for Forms, Gold in weapons and Bronze for point sparring.
- Xander van Heerden, 9-11yrs Beginner, Silver for point sparring.
- Lesedi Mavimbela, 7-8yrs novice, Silver for Forms, Silver for point sparring and Silver for combat weapon fighting.
- Isaac Schluter, 15-17yrs Beginner, Bronze in weapons.
- Lamia Dlomo, 18-34yrs Intermediate, Gold for Forms and Gold for point sparring
- Kayden Booysen, 7-8yrs Novice, Bronze for Forms.
- Sofia Buziba, 9-11yrs Novice, Silver in Points sparring and took Silver in continuous sparring.
- Tendai Dlamini, 12-14yrs Intermediate, Gold in weapons and Silver in continuous sparring.
In the All Masters Event, Masters 35 – 55 years, 4th Dan and above – Alchemy Coach 7th Dan Master Gregory Hart, won Gold for Forms, Silver for points sparring, Bronze in weapons.