Medals prove that martial arts skill runs in this family
ALL five members of a South Glocuestershire family have come home with medals following the Tang Soo Do European Championships in Holland.
Emma and David Wilcox, and their three daughters Molly, 15, Ruby, 13, and 11-year-old Eva, were awarded six golds, two silvers and two bronzes between them.
Emma and the girls represented Great Britain, as well as their club in Chipping Sodbury. Emma won a silver, Molly won a gold and a silver, Ruby won three golds, Eva was awarded two golds and a bronze, while David won a bronze. Molly and Ruby also secured an additional trophy and Grand Champion status by scoring the highest points total in their class.
David, who trains in Thornbury, said: “Seeing our three girls being so successful was an absolute joy, especially as we know how hard each of them worked for that reward.”
Emma added: “Ruby started martial arts first and dropped other hobbies to focus on this, so Grand Champion was a great reward for her hard work. She was delighted. Molly was surprised and overwhelmed at receiving this honour too.”
Eva received particular praise from the coaches for her bronze medal in weapons, as she has only recently started training with one.
The girls led the way in taking up the martial art with David, 49, and Emma, 47, becoming hooked after attending a taster session for parents. David joined the Thornbury Club because it fitted around work commitments, for the girls and Emma, the Chipping Sodbury Club sessions were more convenient, however sometimes the whole family trains in Thornbury. They are based in Winterbourne.
Emma said: “It provides a really good level of fitness, it’s amazingly friendly and everybody encourages each other. We can train together on the Friday and it’s really good fun.”
“The girls are being taught self-defence techniques and it increases their confidence as they have to go up against their peers in front of a panel of judges in competitions. They will find things like job interviews easier in the future. They are learning skills for life.'
The family hope to represents Great Britain in the future international competitions.
For more information on Chipping Sodbury Tang Soo Do sessions call 07860 471232. For information on the Thornbury class call 07863 828271.
Photo (left to right): L to R David, Molly, Eva, Ruby and Emma Wilcox.