Getting a kick out of visit by teenage ninja turtles


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A HIGH-kicking bunch of young martial arts experts will ensure an energetic welcome for two of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when they visit Wrexham.

The popular duo Leo and Raph – named after Leonardo and Raphael – who have been trained in the art of ninjutsu by their rat sensei Master Splinter, will be at the Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre on Tuesday.

In the famous children’s TV series, the Turtles emerge from their sewer in New York City to confront villains more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have imagined.

There to give them the perfect welcome in Wrexham will be members of Hope Wrexham Taekwondo Club, who will demonstrate some spectacular moves of their own.

Fifteen members of the club, led by their chief instructor and taekwondo sixth degree black belt Julie Price, have been practising the reception they’re planning for the Ninja Turtles.

Julie, 53, from Wrexham, said: “I’ve been teaching since 1988 and opened Wrexham Hope TKD in 2000.

“During that time we’ve produced more than 60 black belts, the youngest being nine years and seven months old.

“Four of our former students are currently running their own clubs.

“We currently have a total of 130 members aged between three and 77 and we run classes throughout the week at the sports hall in Glyndwr University, Rhosnesni High School, Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham and Castell Alun High School in Hope as well as in Coedpoeth and Ellesmere.

“I think it’s great that Leo and Raph are coming to Eagles Meadow because they’re experts in martial arts and the kids really enjoy their adventures.”

Among those limbering up to greet Leo and Raph on August 12 is 12-year-old Hope Wrexham TKD member Jack Cox, of Llay.

Jack, who has been a member of the club for the past four years, said: “I like it because you meet new friends and it also helps to build your self-confidence and keep fit.

“My favourite taekwondo move is the tornado kick, in which you get to jump up in the air and kick towards your opponent. I think that’s one of the moves I’ll be showing Leo and Raph when they come.”

The event is part of a series of visits by popular TV characters as part of a ‘Celebrity Summer’ at Eagles Meadow.

On Tuesday, August 19, Fireman Sam will be coming and the final visit will be by Lau Lau from Waybuloo on Tuesday, August 26.

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