A local martial arts ace picked up a prestigious Gold medal last weekend as he led by example for his students at the national championships.
Zeeshan Zafar, from Bradford, clinched the top accolade in his weight division at the UK All Style Martial Arts Championships held in Dewsbury Sports Centre.
Competing in the 75kg black belt individual sparring event, Zeeshan was awarded the Gold medal for his outstanding efforts and performance, subsequently also picking up the title of All Styles Martial Arts Champion.
The tournament was open to all styles meaning a vast variety of martial arts fighters from across the UK were on display from karate, kick-boxing, kung-fu and MMA.
“It was a great achievement to come away with the medals and I was so proud of the whole club,” Zeeshan said.
“It was great to see such a high level of performance from our team and everybody competed to the best of their ability in every contest.”
The 28-year-old Tae Kwon Do instructor was competing on behalf of the Huddersfield-based Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (T.A.G.B) club, and was delighted to see his students excel in the tournament as well.
On top of the his own medals haul, members of the T.A.G.B class also came away with gold, silver and bronze medals, highlighting the progress the local team has made in recent years.
The club also entered a separate group into the Adult Black Belt Team Event, which comprised of Zeeshan and two of his students, competing in full contact.
Taking on ‘Team Fightclub’, the T.A.G.B team had to settle for a draw in a thrilling encounter with Zeeshan performing a knockout punch to his opponent.
Despite the close-call, the referee had to make a decision and awarded the win to Team Fightclub, yet it was the experience of competing at the highest level which Zeeshan says he, and his team, will benefit from most.
He said: “Fighting in full contact was a tough experience and was certainly an eye opener to me in regard to the difference between semi contact and full contact competition.
“We were definitely going for the gold in every contest yet if each of our team members walked away knowing they have been the best they can be, they should be very proud.”
Huddersfield’s T.A.G.B classes train on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 6.30pm and7.30pm at the Highfields Community Centre, Cemetery Road.
Anybody interested in taking up Tae kwon Do should contact Mr Zeeshan Zafar on 07803 172 895.