2016 GBTSD World Championships
World Tang Soo Do Associations Team GB had amazing success at the 16th World Tang Soo Do Championships, held in Greensboro, North Carolina, America. Team GB was made up of 33 Tang Soo Do members (15 were from the Cambridgeshire area) who had to qualify in both National and European Championships to become a part of the Team. Approx 1600 Tang Soo Do Members from 40 Countries from around the World went up against each other in groups, to compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for Weapons, Hyungs (Forms), and Sparring, As well as the medals they were also competing for the title of World Grand Champion and its trophies.
Team GB did amazingly well and brought home 54 medals in Weapons, Hyungs and Sparring, that were made up of 26 1st place, 13 2nd place, and 15 3rd place. In addition to the 54 medals, 3 members of Team GB gained the title and trophies of World Grand Champion, Rowan Jennings - Senior Over 35yrs Male Black Belt World Grand Champion. Khyle Capanzana - Male Childe Under 18yrs Colour Belt World Grand Champion. Mr Indy Benning who is a 3rd Dan Black Belt, taking the highest title and trophy of "Male Black Belt Overall World Grand Champion". This is the first time a male member of the Tang Soo Do Team GB has won and brought back the trophy for Black Belt Overall World Grand Champion.
Master Khan, who is the top Master in Europe and Chief Instructor for Team GB said "For me, this was an outstanding effort from all our Team. The Team has been working hard for the past year, with some training 6 days a week. I, myself, was a Gold Medallist in 1986 and have attended all 16 World Championships so know the hard work and dedication that is needed to win at the World Championships. Team GB has brought back the Ladies Black Belt Overall World Grand Champion 3 times in the past, but we have never brought back the Male Overall World Grand Champion, so I am extremely proud to have Indy Benning as the first Great Britain name on this trophy. I must thank all the Masters and Instructors who run the Tang Soo Do training sessions, and also mention Mr Nigel Crockett who took on the responsibility, and did an amazing job, of organising the Team GB travel arrangements".
Amazing success and pride, for everyone in Team GB, but also for everyone in the Great Britain Tang Soo Do Association.