It’s already been a couple of busy weeks back after the summer break. Nearly all of the clubs are back up and running with only Kingston University starting at the end of the month to go.
There’s already been a grading at The Hive for those who have been training throughout the summer and some of our black belts attended the Jade Jones and Paul Green Sparring Seminar hosted by fellow Chungdokwan GB club Waterside TKD.
You’ll no doubt, be seeing the impact of some of the techniques soon, so get stretching and keep yourself flexible!
The wet and windy summer is nearly over which means that training at our school venues will be on soon!
TASIS TKD starts on Sunday 7th September, and
Marlborough’s back on Tuesday 9th September.
If you’re interested in competing at the highest level, it can become expensive when you factor in travel, entry fees and accommodation. To help elite athletes within the Taekwondo Chungdokwan GB association, TCGB, has introduced Elite Athlete Sponsorship.
Another thing with Hungarian origins is the annual Universum Taekwondo & Hapkido training camp held on the shores of Lake Balaton where students enjoy a week of good (hard) training, hot weather and a well deserved party at the end of the week.
This year it’s the 10th anniversary and there are some high profile instructors in attendance. If you’re interested contact me ASAP as it’s only 5 weeks away!
The students at Matthew Moss and North West Taekwondo clubs did themselves proud today with some very positive grading performances in the traditional syllabus and sports syllabus.
We were missing a handful of students who were representing their club in competition and hope to see them towards the end of the year. But the students who were there are a credit to their instructor Urooj Karim who has spent a great deal of time working to build up his clubs in the Rochdale area for the benefit of local youngsters.
Thank you also to Urooj for your hospitality!
It’s worth considering that although grading can be a nerve-wracking experience, it is an important part of the martial art showing progression and that you are willing to test yourself, giving you a goal and something to strive for. After all one of our tenants is ‘Perseverance’ and regular training and grading are perfect examples of this.
Congratulations and Well Done to Clive and Imbar-Lee (not pictured) who earned their 1st Dan black belts on Sunday in sunny Kingston. Congratulations also go to Annabel on passing her 3rd Dan and Master Raymond on gaining his 5th Dan. From what I hear, they all did really well and the hard work paid off.
Nine months have passed since one of the local papers, the Harrow Observer took up our seemingly lost cause in helping LLTKD find a new venue after having to leave Stag Lane school after 30 years of patronage.
The Harrow Observer visited The Hive TKD club for a follow-up to see how the students were doing at their new venue, and it was wonderful to report how well things are going at The Hive and also to boast on LLTKD coming second overall at the Chungdokwan GB National Championships at the end of March. We look forward to reporting more successes in the future!
Today’s event was the second annual All Clubs training session following the success of last year’s event in Kingston. All LLTKD clubs were represented as well as students from Ditchling TKD, and more local clubs St Katherine’s and Lions TKD.
It was a fabulous session and turnout and it felt like we were just getting going when we had to finish up after a day of fighting techniques before lunch and then some poomse and sparring after lunch.
Huge thanks must go to all the instructors and helpers today at the All Clubs Training session especially to Master Donston for hosting the event, Master Sargeant who put the senior students through their paces and Lions TKD who cancelled their class today and brought their students to join us.
We mustn’t forget the parents who have been extremely supportive throughout the year ferrying their children to Taekwondo events all over the place. Without their support over the years, we wouldn’t be where we are today!
Proceeds from today’s session will go to to support the family of our friend and former Taekwondo Champion Master Chris Sawyerr following his son’s sudden unexpected illness.
If anyone else who like to make a further contribution, please contact one of the instructors.