Mark Farnham School of Tae Kwon-do competitors.

MARTIAL ARTS: Students from the Mark Farnham Schools of Tae Kwon-do returned from the British Council Championships with 10 medals.

Among those successful at the Worcester event were Andrew Fitzgerald, 1st boys blue belt sparring; James Russell, 2nd boys black belt sparring; and Harry Russell, 1st boys red belt sparring.

Fourteen students from the Farnham Schools attended, with pattern, sparring, destruction and team sparring events during the day.

The next big event for the schools is the Welsh Championships this month.

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MARTIAL ARTS: Today’s lesson is how to swap a King’s Lynn classroom for the England captaincy.

That is exactly what Springwood High School teacher Arron Jennings is doing.

He is captaining the ITF England Tae Kwon-do team at the European Championships, which have been running in Italy this week, until Sunday.

“I am competing in both the team events as well as the individual +85kg sparring division, which is a tremendous honour,” said Jennings.

Jennings previously captained his country in 2005 but left the sport to pursue a career as a science teacher, going out on a high by winning gold at the European Championships.

He continued to train in the martial art, as well as boxing, and started his own Tae Kwon-do and kickboxing school in Lynn, Senshi Martial Arts.

He returned to competition last year and won gold in the English Championships.

“That allowed me to realise that I still had the strength, speed and skill to compete for my country once more,” said Jennings, who was soon reinstated as captain.

He is now seeking sponsorship to help his quest for future success. Email a.jennings@springwood
if you can help.