Plymouth Studio School students, Tate Budge and Rhys Roffey, have scooped a total of  four gold medals, a silver and  four national titles between them at the recent UK ITF Championships in Crawley.

Year 10 Rhys Roffey, who trains with Plymouth South Coast Martial Arts, put up a hard fight to take gold and retain his National Champion title in the under 16’s sparring.  He also took silver in the under 16’s patterns.

Rhys, who was selected to train with UK ITF Team UK at the age of 12, is the English, National and UK Champion in the under 16’s sparring.   At this year’s ITF World Championships in Brighton, he also scooped the bronze in the under 18’s sparring, despite being only 14 years old.

Year 13 Tate Budge, who trains with Brit Spirit Martial Arts in Tavistock, Richards TKD in St Austell and the Trenic Taekwondo Academy in London, came away with gold medals and the National Champion title in the under 18s 3rd degree black belt patterns and the under 18’s 65 kg sparring.  He also took the title of National Champion in the adult (18  – 35 years) 3rd degree black belt patterns, despite being only 17 years of age

Tate’s success follows his second world title win at the ITF World Championships in July and he is now preparing for the World Championships in Argentina in 2018.

Both Rhys and Tate were recently selected to attend the Olympic team assessment programme for the 2020 and 2024 Olympics.