Siblings secure medal success at European Championships

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Thetford siblings Josie and Johnny Wright returned from the Kuk Sool Won European Championships with medals round their necks.

With hundreds of competitors converging on the University of East Anglia’s Sports Park they had to demonstrate their learning of 24 different weapons, kicking, striking, self defence, meditation, animal techniques, joint locks, pressure points, body conditioning, throwing, grappling, falling techniques and martial art healing methods.

The action started on Friday for 13-year-old Josie as she completed a gruelling four hour eighth part of her 2nd degree black belt test where she had to display every part of the syllabus she had learned in the past eight years from white belt to 2nd Dan black belt.

Brother Johnny, who also trains at Lakenheath Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts School alongside his sister, commenced his tournament a day later in the 10 years and under brown belt category.

He excelled to clinch silver in staff spinning and self defence before claiming gold in sparring.

Josie stepped up as the youngest competitor in the 1st degree black belt youth section.

But remained unfased in her maiden appearance at that level to win silver for staff spinning and bronze for self defence techniques.

Her efforts saw her selected to perform in the martial arts demonstration later that evening where, in front of more than 1000 people, including some of the region’s top dignitaries and Kuk Sool’s highest-ranked masters as well as the Grandmaster himself, she demonstrated different self defence techniques and subduing a male assailant.