Blackbelt Grading – 12th June

BlackbeltCongratulations to Heena, Tony, Anthony, Lavan, Sakash, Ella, Sophia, Nicholas, Ash who all graded and successfully passed their Dan gradings for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dan!

You’ve worked really hard and should be very proud of your achievement.

Our new blackbelts from St Joseph's TKD

Our new blackbelts from St Joseph’s TKD

New Blackbelts

BlackbeltIt’s been so busy for me recently so I must apologise for not adding any recent news!

The weekends in November and December have been a bit of a blur with the British Taekwondo AGM in Manchester, training leading up to the University students tournament, a well attended All Grades seminar and Pre-Blackbelt Grading seminar.

On the 13th December it was the Chungdokwan GB winter Blackbelt Grading in Swanmore and lots of students had an early Christmas present including for Kerry who passed her 2nd Dan. From the sounds of it, she did herself proud 🙂 Congratulations to Kerry and all the other successful Chungdokwan GB candidates!

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.


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!

Busy already…and it’s only week 2!

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!

  • LLTKD at the Jade Jones & Paul Green Seminar 14/09/14
  • LLTKD at the Jade Jones & Paul Green Seminar 14/09/14
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Thanks to Darren for letting us use his photos from the day!

Successful Grading for MMHS and NW TKD Clubs

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 to our new Blackbelts!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACongratulations 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.

Change to Dan Grading Dates

BlackbeltSo that we don’t get caught up in car boot sales at the venue, the Black belt grading seminar and Grading dates have changes to:

Seminar:  Sunday 1st June. 
Grading:  Sunday 15th June.

I haven’t forgotten to post..

K&CNov13It doesn’t seem that long ago that I last wrote, but looking at the Thanks Giving post, I guess it has been a while.

So very briefly, and using some out of focus photos from me – and some better photos from others here’s a brief summary of what’s been going on over the last few weeks.


Out of focus photo (sorry) but I think the sentiment is clear

Since the break at TASIS for Thanks Giving, we’ve been very busy with club gradings at all the clubs with everyone looking good and having worked very hard to achieve their next grade.

We mustn’t forget to say a huge thank you for the very generous Christmas gifts from the students and parents at the clubs – they’re very gratefully received!

In December, we’ve also had a black belt promotion and have a new first and second dan – well done to Tony and Sean who did us proud! We’ve had several conversations about it since, and this is only the beginning…

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KUTKD Christmas Dinner – thanks Impresha for the photo (stolen from fb)

For anyone else ready and eligible, the next dan grading will be in June, details to be announced in the new year.

On the last training session of 2013 at Kingston, we had the KUTKD Christmas do – special thanks to the guys who organised it (and who also seemed to be working at the restaurant).  It was an excellent  evening and it’s always great to see a big turnout and a nice surprise to some familiar faces who we haven’t seen in a while.

Probably the last major Taekwondo related activity of the year for us happened two weeks ago when a group of us were in Manchester for ManchesterGrandPrixAreaathe inaugural Taekwondo Grand Prix.

We were fortunate to see some excellent matches and see some great British and international talent on display.

In fact Team GB did exceptionally well with two golds and a silver and it looks like there are some great prospects for the future.  It was ManchesterGrandPrixaalso good to catch up with Taekwondoists we haven’t seen in a while and also to join MMHS TKD in Rochdale for some training.

So that’s what’s been happening over the last few weeks, from all the instructors at LLTKD, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and in advance we wish you all a very a happy, healthy, prosperous 2014  🙂

P.S. All clubs start back week commencing Monday 6th January. See you there!




Grading time (with some links to help)…

SAMSUNG CSCDoesn’t time fly?  It feels like only the other day that it was the first class at our new venue The Hive and the beginning of term for Kingston Uni TKD and the other clubs.

Now Christmas is nearing and so it’s grading time.  The time to demonstrate what you’ve been learning over the last few months; your blocks, kicks, patterns, sparring and for intermediate grades three-step, one-step and self-defence techniques.

The grading hopefully results in a change of belts showing your progression towards the coveted black belt!

Grading dates are:

  • Marlborough: Tuesday 26th November
  • TASIS: Sunday 1st December
  • The Hive: Wednesday 4th December
  • Kingston Uni: You know when (please remind me)
  • Dan Grading: mustn’t forget to say *good luck* to our candidates Sean and Tony on the 8th.

P.S.  Do you know what the Tenets of Taekwondo are? Might be useful to refresh your memory.