Stuart sets his sights on national tournaments

PUBLISHED: 14:55 06 October 2006 | UPDATED: 22:16 28 May 2010

Stuart Murat and his mum Dawn with their class at the Carter School of Taekwon-do, Wisbech

Stuart Murat and his mum Dawn with their class at the Carter School of Taekwon-do, Wisbech

GUYHIRN martial artist Stuart Murat has the UK Championships in his sights following a morale-boosting performance in his first ever England Championships. Stuart, 11, who studies with the Carter School of Taekwon-do, in Wisbech, joined more than 250 oth

GUYHIRN martial artist Stuart Murat has the UK Championships in his sights following a morale-boosting performance in his first ever England Championships.

Stuart, 11, who studies with the Carter School of Taekwon-do, in Wisbech, joined more than 250 other competitors from across the country in the fiercely competitive tournament, in Crawley.

Stuart was entered in to the under-13 patterns, sparring and special techniques categories.

Despite missing out on medals, he enjoyed the experience.

Stuart said: "It was my first national competition and I learned a lot. The best thing about the tournament was meeting the Grand Master Rhee, the president of the International Taekwon-do Federation.

"He signed my programme and gave me lots of encouragement."

Stuart will be competing with his mum, Dawn, in the Cambridgeshire Open Championships before turning his attention to the UK Championships, to be held in Sheffield, in November.

Stuart said: "I am going to work really hard over the next few weeks so that I can do the very best I can."

The Carter School of Taekwon-do trains at the Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Classes run from 6pm to 7pm and a student's first lesson is free.

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