Ms Lyndsey Reynolds, 3rd Degree
Ms Reynolds started training in Taekwon-do at Rayners Lane Academy in 2000, gaining her 1st Degree in March 2008 and in doing so, she became the first female student to attain a Dan grade at the Academy. With continued and committed training, Ms Reynolds graded to 2nd Dan in 2011 and then 3rd Dan in 2018.
She became the Academy’s ‘Student of the Year’ in 2002 and still trains as diligently as she always has. As a white belt, her first ever competition was a World Championships in 2000 and since then she has had a good competition career and is a fearsome fighter. One of her most notable tournament successes was at the 2004 World Championships where she achieved a gold in sparring, a silver in patterns and a further gold as part of the Rayners Lane female team in the team sparring division.
At the Academy all students are equal and thus the girls mix it up with the boys which has transcended further for Lyndsey over the years, with a memorable moment being when she was a yellow belt and there were no other ladies entered in her sparring division. The event organiser gave her the choice of a straight gold or fighting in the mens division. She chose the latter and despite some tough opponents took the bronze! This happened again recently as a black belt. Ms Reynolds skills, guts and steadfast determination make her not only an excellent black belt, but a great instructor as well.
Amongst her numerous medals, that she has won at the many competitions she competes in, are 4 World gold medals, from only two World Championship events, where she won double golds at both; first in 2004 and then again in 2012, a true testiment to her quality.
Ms Reynolds is also featured in a number of Mr Anslows books - Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Vols 1 & 2, as well as The Encyclopedia Of Taekwon-Do Patterns: The Complete Patterns Resource For Ch’ang Hon, ITF & GTF Students Of Taekwon-Do Vols 1, 2 & 3 and Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hosinsul: Self Defence Techniques From Ch'ang Hon (ITF) Taekwon-Do