The face of 2017 European Taekwon-Do (EITF) Championships
heading to Liverpool
A British teenager, James Moran, is the upcoming face
of the 2017 European Taekwon-Do (EITF) Championships, set to take place in
Liverpool, in April 2017.
Fresh faced James was chosen to be at the front of all promotional shoots for
the event that represents 1 of the fastest growing martial arts in the world,
At 16 years old, James is already the title holder of British Champion for the
2014 and 2015 UKTA and BTF Championships, London Champion 2015 and won the
bronze in last year's EITF competition.
This year, James will have the honour of representing the
country as Captain of the Junior team at the 2017 EITF Championships and is
training hard to ensure he will be at his best for the event.
'Instafamous' James, has an impressive 27,000 plus Instagram followers
who have been eagerly tracking his progress and supporting him through his day
to day training with messages of encouragement.
James said:- "I can't wait and I am absolutely
determined to make my country proud! The 2017 European ITF Championships are
going to be big, a lot bigger than people may think. Liverpool is 1 of the
greatest Cities in the world and we are all proud to be representing our country
there. I believe that the legacy the event is going to leave will be massive.
Making the decision to walk through that door to my 1st ITF training session was
the best decision I've ever made. When committing to something, the 1st step is
always the hardest part. I remember seeing a poster when I was only four and
being fascinated with the energy it projected. From then on there was no going
back and I have now been training for over 12 years. Taekwon-Do is a wonderful
sport. Not only it is great for confidence, mentally and physically, it also
teaches you that you can do anything whilst keeping a cool head. The sport
taught me never take no for an answer, if somebody says you can't do something,
then, work hard until you prove them wrong. 1 of the biggest values in Taekwon-Do
is that of respect. In Taekwon-Do you must respect everyone you meet, no matter
what grade or who they are. You are also encouraged to ask questions and be
curious. The more you put into the sport, the more you will get out."
However, being a rising Taekwon-Do champion requires
sacrifice and dedication. James trains eight times a week at his local ITF club,
Spirit Worrier Taekwon-Do and at Performance Gym in Hereford. On top of Taekwon-Do
he also implements various training methods including MMA, body building,
sprinting, boxing and rugby, which all benefit certain aspects of his training
regime. His diet too, is carefully planned and he meticulously records his
meals. "I could tell you what I have eaten every single day for the past 6
months!" said James.
The championships will take place at Liverpool's Echo Arena from 24th to 30th
April 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of Taekwon-Do in the UK. As many as
1,500 athletes from 37 Countries are expected to compete, so let's wish James
and his team the very best of luck!
Tickets are currently on sale at
online at a cost of £16.90 for a full
ticket, £9 concessions.