Following a thorough and demanding selection process, it is with great pleasure we can congratulate Bluewave's Hayden Corby on his selection to join the Great Britain Academy Fighting Chance 13-18 Development Programme. Hayd has worked amazingly hard to achieve this both in his training and as shown by his tournament performances with eight consecutive division wins. This selection recognises his dedication and his future potential to develop as a GB Taekwondo Athlete. This also recognises the support he has received from our clubs coaches over the last two years but also the excellent training from his Kickboxing club, Basingstoke Freestyle Kickboxing with Steve O'Grady.
The next stage in the journey starts this weekend with Hayd's first training weekend at the GB National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester.
Congratulations to Hayden Corby winning his division at the British Taekwondo National Championships. Long wait to play but great performances in both the semi final and then final.
Semi final opened with Hayd playing his usual aggressive start but also some good defence from his opponent, both landing an early head shot. Hayd then finished with a match winning head shot.
Final was high energy with the first round giving Hayd a 7-0 lead, and then 22-4 at the end of the second. Hayd went hunting the result early in the third round eventually gaining a 20 point advantage win with a back hook kick.
Well done, Hayd.
Short video of his match winning kick in the semi final.
Our new family class is now up and running. This class runs on a Sunday from 5.00-6.00pm and is open to both existing members and new starters aged 7+ to adult. This is an excellent opportunity for families to train together and for parents/guardians to give Taekwondo a go. Come along and give it a go!
Slightly later than planned because we wanted to award certificates to everyone before putting the results on website, which we still haven't quite managed with holidays, etc... Congratulations to the successful candidates from the July grading. Next kup grading will be on Sunday, 5th November.
Nathan Godfrey Yellow Tag/9th Kup Credit
Daniel Farthing Yellow Belt/8th Kup
Munachi Nduka-Richard Yellow Belt/8th Kup
Ryan Ashraf Yellow Belt/8th Kup
Ethan Levendale-Middleton Green Tag/7th Kup
Shubhashis Shrestha Green Belt/6th Kup Credit
Alexander Chiguvare Green Belt/6th Kup
Filip Matyla Green Belt/6th Kup
Annabel Poynter Green Belt/6th Kup
Cael Miller Blue Tag/5th Kup
Giordano Baquero-Easton Blue Belt/4th Kup
Anushka Sen Red Tag/3rd Kup
Last weekend was a really exciting one for Bluewave with over 100 people training in our various classes and at the instructors seminar. This came in a week when we had welcomed 7 new beginners to the club and with more enquires coming in nearly every day. Saturday started with a great turnout for our KickStars Class (including 2 of the new beginners) and then our regular Junior Class, finishing off with our Competition Poomsae Class working hard in preparation for the upcoming Ultimate and Quest competitions and the Nationals. Sunday afternoon we launched our new Family Class, which we will be looking to build further in coming weeks, finishing with the regular Sport Taekwondo Class.
However earlier in the day, the instructors had spent 3 hours with Mark Howick of Inspired Fitness Training in a workshop covering effective Warm Ups, Cool Downs and Stretching. Mark led an excellent session covering theory but with plenty of practice! As well as the Bluewave instructors we were delighted to also have friends from DTA, AWTC, Powerhouse and Waterside Taekwondo. Great to have local clubs working closely together to continue to develop our coaching skills. This will hopefully be the first of several seminars that we will run for the instructors so we can all continue to develop our skills and ensure that we deliver the very best experience for the members of Bluewave (and the other local clubs who want to work with us on instructor development).