Adrian Moore, the former Jamaica College tae kwon do standout, has been getting rave reviews in recent performances, including a semi-final placing to finish fourth at the recent Dutch Open.
Moore, now attending the University of the West Indies, was the sole male competitor in Holland on a mixed Jamaica combined martial arts team squad coached by Jason McKay.
Having spent most of his career in the shadows of Oshane Murray, Nicholas Dussard and other greats from the Jamaica Taekwondo high-school programme, Moore stormed through some of the world's top fighters in Holland for a fourth-place finish, which would have won him a bronze medal under International Taekwon-Do Federation rules.
BATTLED TO SEMIS
Entering the competition unseeded, Moore battled past fighters from Norway, Poland and other powerhouses in five fights, before bowing out in the semis.
McKay described Moore as "a pleasure to coach".
"His potential is in his will and determination to do well and I am convinced that as I hand him back to combined team coach Claude Chin he will soon produce a world medal from him," McKay pointed out.
Moore won selection to the combined team in 2010 and has blossomed in the last two years.
- Ainsley Walters