What’s happened since September ?

This is going to be a familiar post from me “oops sorry I haven’t written for a while, we’ve been busy…” and we have since my last post the following has happened, as well as our usual classes:

Poomse-Judges-Course-2Poomse Judges Course
Casting the memory back to October, Congratulations go to GM Lawrence, Master Raymond, Master Donston, Heena, Carla, Claire who all passed their Poomse Judging Course held in Kingston on 22nd October.  It was a long, but enjoyable day and a great opportunity to keep up to date with the Poomse and competition rules.


All Grades seminar in Swanmore
A week later the club supported the association’s annual All Grades Seminar. As usual it was a great day and was made more enjoyable by having a National Poomse Coach in attendance!

BlackbeltDan Grading
It wasn’t long before we were back in Swanmore for the winter dan grading. Congratulations to on passing their 1st and 2nd dan gradings Shayan, Rhys, Sahil and Grand aka Mr B.

Poomse Competition January 2017
Sticking with the poomse theme, 6 LLTKD competitors managed to squeeze into the Bluewave open in Basingstoke on the 28th January. It was a first tournament for some so a great learning opportunity and for others a chance to add to their medal collection with two silvers and bronze. So pretty good going from the team.

University Championships, Worcester
Uni-champs-2017-2On the weekend of the 4th & 5th of March we had a clash; GM Lawrence updated his Centre Refereeing qualification while 13 members of the Kingston Uni team travelled to Worcester to represent the University in the annual University Championships.

The team had a fantastic result coming 9th out of the 50 participating Universities by earning 2 bronze medals in Poomse and 3 bronze, 1 silver and 1 gold in sparring. Well done to everyone!

(Thanks to Sam for the photos)

RIP to our friend Tyrone

We are all saddened to hear of the untimely passing of our good friend, colleague and student of Taekwondo Tyrone Mitchell.  In addition to all the tributes being posted on Facebook, I wanted to share some of my memories of Tyrone for people who may not be on Facebook but who knew the big guy with an even bigger smile.

2011 tournament success

Tournament Success in 2011

Tyrone trained and competed for Kingston University LLTKD club and St Katherine’s TKD club for over 20 years.

He successfully represented the club and University setting the standard for the other students that followed.

Tyrone was a very serious and enthusiastic student who was very focused on perfection of techniques and fighting skills. As a black belt in the Kingston uni club he would always get the class started if I was late and would take time to help students who were struggling with their techniques.

Tyrone was a University champion and as well as being successful in many domestic tournaments he also competed at the highest level domestically in the British Championships.

2010 Hungary team1Singing in Hungary 2010

Partying in Hungary 2010

Partying in Hungary 2010

Tyrone travelled with his fellow students to Hungary, training like a champion and enjoying the fun, laughter and camaraderie with everyone.

Tyrone was always available to help out.  He supported the University Taekwondo committee and helped with organising club events.


Tyrone had an infectious smile, warm wholehearted laugh and good sense of humour. Lee's birthday But as with most of our University students, they move on with their lives, move out of the area, get jobs, start families and so we didn’t see Tyrone as often in the last few years as when he was a student.

Nevertheless, he was always present at any key event and we had a great evening training and eating at Lee’s birthday earlier in the year.

We’re all in shock over the tragic news of his passing and so within the club we will be looking to pay our own tribute to Tyrone. If you’d like to be involved, please contact us.

Right now our thoughts and condolences goes out to his wife and family at this sad time.  Tyrone will be greatly missed but never forgotten by those who knew him.  RIP.

So far so good at the Kingston Club

KUTKD2013_3The Kingston Uni club is back now in full swing after the long summer break and the new students are already looking pretty good (technique-wise 😉 )!

KUTKD2013_1Training is on Mondays and Thursdays and it’s not too late for students wishing to learn to join in – the more the merrier in fact!  KUTKD2013_2

The calendar is quite full for the next year so it’s really important to keep training.  We’ve got competitions;  patterns and sparring, seminars and gradings.  We’re also looking to do some charity work so please watch this space for more info.

Next Saturday 1st November is the All Grades Seminar in Swanmore which has been great fun over the last few years and gives students the opportunity to fight, perform poomse or learn self-defence – or do all three for a tiny sum of £10!  If you’re interested, please speak to one of the instructors.

Also see the instructors if you need a uniform or haven’t sorted out your membership.

Kingston’s back


Tomorrow is the first class back at Kingston University after the long summer break. It’ll be great to see all the old faces and of course all the new Freshers at Tiffins!
We’ve been reminiscing about the club and think that this is the 20th year 😱 that Master Lawrence has been teaching!!!!!

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!

Well done KUTKD on their recent successes!

Our great KUTKD team, showing off medals and new hoodies.  Well done to everyone who competed, organised and helped out on the day.

KUTKD Uni Champs 2014

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.

A blast from the past

We’ve been going to Hungary for training camps and competition since 2004.  This is an article from 2010 – it’s funny to see how most of the belts have changed colour! Hungary 2010

Kingston University Taekwondo Club at the Freshers Fair

The University students were very busing promoting the Taekwondo Club at this year’s Freshers Fair and this is a great video put together with some of the things we’ve been up to.