If he can walk away with the Best of British heavyweight title despite suffering an injured wrist and hamstring, who knows what martial arts instructor Andrew Waldon can do when fighting fit.
The 40-year-old instructor at Scotia Freestyle Martial Arts Academy (SFMAA) in Balsall Common achieved gold in the adult division of the traditional Karate Kumite at the WTKA Best of British Championships. The tournmant was held in Sheffield on Sunday.
While still a small and modest club, the SFMAA is no stranger to success. Members recently competed in their first competitive tournament in Scunthorpe (for taekwondo and kickboxing) and walk away with a host of medals.
SFMAA chief instructor Andrew won gold in the kickboxing and taekwondo heavyweight categoroes. Andrew’s one son, William, took silver in taekwondo and his other son, Benedict, captured bronze. Two other students, Nathan Potts and Hamad Hussein, achieved bronze in taekwondo.
Scotia Freestyle Martial Arts Academy (SFMAA) is a taekwondo and freestyle karate and kickboxing academy.
Andrew is 4th Dan and has been practicing a range of martial arts since the age of eight.
“This is a really big deal for us because it’s the club’s first tournament,” Andrew, who competed despite injuring his hamstring, said.
“We are only a small club and to take home this great medal haul is a massive achievement for us.
“I am suffering a little at the moment. I can’t feel my wrist and my hamstring has been torn to shreds. But I carried on regardless.
“It is hoped that this local club will grow and develop in both its sparring and traditional forms, offering good, all-round lessons locally,” he added.
Andrew is also competing in the G Force Open in Rugby on March 23, as well as the ESKU Open in Solihull and May’s WKU British Championships in London.