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Taekwondo students give good showing

Six students from Durant’s Taekwon-do Academy recently returned home after accredited themselves very well at the ITF Taekwondo Championships in St. Georges, Grenada.

Back row (from left) Jeff Lipton, Grand Master Adolfo Villanueva, Arleigh Durant, Stefan Outram, David Mayers. Front row (from left) Rodney Marshall, Shomari Durant and Tunde Layne.

The students were accompanied by representatives from Help Network Support Foundation as well as the academy’s founder Arleigh Durant and public relations officer Cheryl Outram.

The students’ participation in the event was part sponsored by the National Sports Council.

Stefan Outram performed outstandingly to place second in the Colonel Belt Adult Sparring Section while Rodney Marshall placed third in the 2nd Dan Sparring Division. Marshall also received his instructor certification. Tunde Layne showed much skill to take third spot in the 2nd Dan Sparring division while Shomari Durant placed third in the†1st Dan Sparring Division.

There were also promotions to 1st Degree Black Belt status David Mayers and Jeff Lipton The grading was conducted by Augustus Mitchell an 8th Dan Senior Master and Adolfo Villaneuva †a 9th Dan Grand Master.

Durant, a 4th Dan pioneer instructor of the ITF Taekwondo in Barbados, was presented with his International Instructor Certificate by Villanueva during the championships which were held at the Youth and Sports Development Centre in St. Georges.†This designation gives Durant the authority to grade students within the Caribbean region to the level of 2nd degree black-belt.†

Durant thanked all the supporters who had assisted him in reaching this milestone, especially his students who had motivated him and the parents who had entrusted them into his care.

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