Martial arts mania hits Weston

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 August 2012

People at one of Mr Davies' previous classes

People at one of Mr Davies' previous classes

Andy Davies

GREAT Britain’s first ever Olympic gold medal in taekwondo could spark a fresh interest in the martial art in Weston.

Jade Jones was an unexpected medal success at the London games, and now West Country-based taekwondo instructor Andy Davies is hoping that success can translate to increased numbers of people trying out the sport.

He will hold a series of free classes at Combat Gym in Winterstoke Road on September 12 at 6pm, and is hopeful Jones’ success has increased public awareness of the martial art, which originates from Korea.

Mr Davies, who is the president of the UK Chung Do Kwan Taekwondo organisation, said: “Whilst many sports clubs have struggled recently due to the economic downturn and also because most of the funding at grass-roots level has been withdrawn, my experience is that Taekwondo now seems to be growing steadily in popularity.”

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