Taekwon-Do Bronze for Year 3 Pupil
Marin, 7, bags international podium slot
A seven-year-old Stafford schoolgirl sparred her way to an international Taekwon-Do bronze medal in an under-14s competition.
Standing just 1.24m tall, Marin Hall faced opponents several centimetres bigger than her at the Professional Unification of Martial Arts (PUMA) Open International Championships in Swindon. The championships attracted 400 competitors in different age groups and categories from as far afield as the USA and Netherlands.
The Stafford Preparatory School pupil was eliminated from the patterns competition, but scored enough points in two bouts of sparing to land third place in the yellow and green stripe grade.
Marin maintained her impressive form when she travelled to Plymouth to compete at the PUMA Southern Championships, where she secured a silver medal in the under-14 sparing. In patterns, the Stafford Prep youngster also made an impact with her delivery of a combination of Taekwon-Do techniques against an imaginary opponent and was awarded a bronze medal.
Having already achieved six belts, Marin is on track to become a black belt expert by the time she reaches the age of eleven. She took up the sport less than two years ago when she joined Stone-based Little PUMAs and she now trains twice a week with the Freeflow Taekwon-Do school at Alleynes Sports Centre.
“The patterns can be quite difficult to learn but you keep on until you get it right. It’s quite exciting. I do get nervous, but not too much and I don’t mind sparing against bigger and more experienced people because I can still come home with an achievement. Eventually I want to get my black belt,” said Marin.
The seven-year-old recently moved to 7th KUP and is already working towards her green belt. Meanwhile her busy competition schedule includes the PUMA junior championships in May followed by the English championships later in the summer.