A little belated but…

Congratulations and well done to our new black belts, Andreas, Lavan, Shakithyan, Sipho, Claire and Jonathan. You’ve worked hard and deserve your award!

We’re sorry to see Claire and Jonathan leaving the TASIS club and country and wish them well in Dubai and all the best with their future Taekwondo training.

(left) Andreas receiving his blackbelt on the big day, our first blackbelt from the Marlborough club.


Great support at Club Seminar


Thanks to everyone who supported the All Clubs Training Session today in Kingston. We raised over £400 from seminar fees and the fresh juices, smoothies and food. The funds raised go to support the fund raising efforts of our Kingston Climbers who will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September for the charity HOPE for Children.

Special thanks go to Master Sargeant for bringing the electronic body armour down for people to have a go.

Thanks also to all the instructors and blackbelts who gave their time and support today 👍

If you would like to donate online, you can do so here:


Dates for your diary


  • This Saturday 2nd May – All Clubs Training Session at Kingston
  • Sunday 10th May – Grading at TASIS
  • Sunday 31st May – Pre-Dan Grading Seminar
  • Sunday 14th June – BLackbelt Grading
  • TKD Training in Korea (and possibly Japan) 17-27th June
  • Taekwondo training camp in Hungary 7-16th August

If there’s anything you’re interested in, contact one of the instructors or me for more information!

“Will you sponsor one of my friends?”

wpid-imag3235.jpg“They’re going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for HOPE for Children and the money they raise will help children in developing countries” :)

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All Clubs Seminar

SAMSUNG CSCThe annual All Clubs Seminar is planned for Saturday 2nd May at Kingston from midday. It’s been a really great event the last few years and we hope that as many people as possible can attend :) !!

More information LLTKD All Clubs Training Session 2015

Kingston Climbing!

So… we’re off to a bit of a slow start on the fund raising front, but we’ll certainly get there and show our support to Heena, Ushma, Annabel and David who have all taken on the challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the charity Hope for Children in September.

There are two upcoming events where you can show your support, and of course you can donate to the online pages too. The first event is a Bollywood Dinner and Dance on Saturday 18th April from 19:30. It’s £25 for a three course meal, some top rate entertainment and of course opportunity to display some of your good (or bad) dancing!

Bollywood dinner & dance flyer copyContact Ushma or Heena for more information, but hurry because the tickets are selling fast!

The next event is the annual LLTKD All Clubs Training Session 2015.  This year it will be in Kingston on Saturday 2nd May from midday.  It’s been a really fun event the last two years and this year we’d like to get as many people as possible as all the proceeds are being donated to the Climbers.  It’s an amazing £10 in advance or £15 on the day so get your name down!

If you think it’s a great cause, and you want to show your support, but don’t know who to sponsor you can also contact Lindsey and she’ll arrange for your donation to be divided between the fabulous four, otherwise here are links to their donation pages:

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T-Shirts from the Chungdokwan Nationals

These fantastic t-shirts which sold out  before the sparring had started at the Chungdokwan Nationals on 21st March are now available for pre-ordering at £10 per t-shirt if collected at the pre-Dan Grading Seminar (Sunday 31st May).


Back of the t-shirt


If you’re interested, place the order by emailing Natalie  (sec@chungdokwan.org.uk) before the 10th April. She will pass on the bank transfer information or you can let me know.

Taekwondo Reminiscing…Foreigners Instructor Course, Kukkiwon, Korea 2011


In 2011, I did the Foreigner’s Instructor Course in the Kukkiwon, this is something I wrote following the Kukkiwon course for your amusement :)


Kukkiwon Course, we’re on our way;
From many countries we’re here to stay;
For one week of intensive training,
We all know it will be draining.

People from countries far away;
Nepal, Colombia, the USA.
All here for one thing; a martial art:-
Something so close to our heart.

We want to learn and improve our techniques;
So our poomse is not ‘unique’.
We come to Korea to learn the Kukkiwon Way;
And make sure bad habits are kept at bay!

Outside, all week, the rain is relentless;
Sitting in a classroom, we couldn’t care-less
We’re reciting terms like “momtong makki”;
But really we want to practice dollyo chagi!

Lunch was served in plastic trays;
Bulgogi, rice, a banana today;
We dash from the class to the food block,
Then back again just after one o’clock.

Eventually we get on to the floor,
Desperately hoping the classroom’s no more!
My legs feel heavy like a log;
Is it because of last night’s fried dog 😉 !?!?

We start from the beginning; strange for some;
Il jang, ee jang, sam jang and so on…
Variations in stance and block;
Looks like we’ll be here around the clock!

And for some the days are long;
After 18:30, the practice goes on.
Perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit;
By the end of the week, we will get it!

We’re in our doboks from dawn til dusk,
This is something you couldn’t make up;
“Practice makes perfect” as we say;
So we keep on going the Kukkiwon Way.

But it looks like the efforts do pay;
Five by five we were tested that day,
With happy faces and camera clicks;
We receive our certificates.

The test is over; practical and theory,
Time for lunch and maybe some beer-y :) ?
Goodbye instructor course number 23;
We had a good time, now that’s all from me!

Date for your diary

This year the Chungdokwan GB national championships held in Bracknell will be on Saturday 21st March. The tournament has filled up fast the last few years so if you’re interested in competing, let the instructors know ASAP 👍

Happy January!

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black backgroundSo, I managed to write a Happy Thanksgiving post back in November, but not a *Merry Christmas* or very timely *Happy New Year* post, so feeling rather sheepish – Happy 2015 to everyone, particularly to our students their families and our friends. Here’s to a great (probably busy) and hopefully injury-free year! :)

The good thing about not posting for a while is that at least I can provide an update on the good things that are happening…  Firstly, training starts back yippee!!  So Kingston is back for the University students on Monday 5th (tomorrow) and The Hive is back on Wednesday, TASIS follows on the 11th with Marlborough starting back on the 13th January.

KickSisterWe’re also going to have a new women-only “Kick Sister” club starting at The Hive (watch this space) or get in touch if you’re interested.

Kili Climbers

David (yep Lee is standing in for him here!), Annabel, Heena, Ushma and Richard

Another HUGE thing that we have planned this year is the charitable climb of Mount Kilimanjaro for the charity HOPE for Children.

Annabel, David, Heena, Ushma and Richard are representing the club and not only are they challenged with climbing the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, they also have to raise nearly £3,000 each, so we will be looking to hold some events to help them with their fund raising and we hope that you will be able to also contribute.  If you want to contribute to the climbers as a group, let me know as I am doing a general collection for them.

Looking forward to a great year!