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A Yorkshire martial arts club have been celebrating after coming away with a significant medal haul at a regional championships.

Huddersfield’s Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (T.A.G.B) club can’t seem to lose at the moment with their latest trip out to the Midlands Championship in the Worcester Arena ending in a familiar fashion.

Hundreds of participants travelled from across the UK to take part in the separate categories, which make up one of the largest martial arts competitions in the county.

28-year-old Tae Kwon Do instructor, Zeeshan Zafar, said he was proud to see his students compete admirably on such a large stage.

“I brought the students down, and they definitely did the town proud with an impressive medal haul in categories including sparring, patterns, and team events,” he said.

“I hoped their achievements would inspire many of the younger club members to go on to greater things and continue building on the successes we have been achieving.”

It wasn’t only the students who found success at the tournament with Zeeshan himself picking up his own accolade.

Competing in the Men’s Black Belt Tag Team sparring event, the Bradford resident came away with a Bronze Medal to add to his ever-growing collection.

MEDALS: The Huddersfield TAGB club picked up a host of medals at last weekend’s Midlands Championship, with Natasha Zafar (left) clinching Gold in the Ladies Tag Team Sparring contest

MEDALS: The Huddersfield TAGB club picked up a host of medals at last weekend’s Midlands Championship, with Natasha Zafar (left) clinching Gold in the Ladies Tag Team Sparring contest

Meanwhile, his sister, Natasha, turned up the sibling rivalry as she showed martial arts certainly does run in the family.

Two second place finishes in the Ladies Green Patterns and Sparring events, were further backed up with a Gold medal in the Ladies Tag Team Sparring contest.

Other notable performer on the day include Aleeya Sohail, third in the Girls Yellow Belt Pee Wee category; Neha Tabasum, third in the Girls Lightweight Yellow Belt Sparring; and Dev Patel, who became Midland Champion in the boys red belt category with a first place finish in middleweight sparring.

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