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Last updated 07:19 15/11/2012
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Kirsten Livingstone
Taranaki Taekwon-Do Club member Alex Lovell throws Connor Auker to the ground as part of a demonstration.

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Taranaki Taekwon-Do Club member Alex Lovell throws Connor Auker to the ground as part of his demonstration of self-defence as he graded to 3rd dan black belt, at Maroochydore in Queensland at the weekend.

Lovell was one of several members from the Taranaki club taking part in a coaching seminar, a senior grading and the Australian championship tournament.

The Taranaki group fared well. David Apimerika graded to 2nd dan and took bronze in the men's power breaking; Brayden Smith won gold in the men's power breaking, silver in the team sparring, and bronze in the men's special breaking technique; Alex Lovell claimed silver in the men's 2nd to 6th dan patterns; Conal Page won gold in the men's 1st dan patterns, and gold in the team sparring; instructor Neill Livingstone was graded to 6th dan; Glenwyn Flynn was graded to 2nd dan; and Dale Copeland claimed silver in the veteran women's free- sparring.

Other team members were Frances Rookes, Brent Flynn, Pauline Flynn and Connor Auker.

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