Congratulations to all our enthusastic KickStars who progressed to their next belts following the gradings on Friday and Saturday. The promotions were:
Jacson Warner Panchaud
Ciro Cordero Benedit
Elliott Flood Squires
Dino Nduka Richard
Aaron Murray Cobertson
It was also really good to see 6 of the KickStars progress to yellow tag and they will now be graduating onto our regular Junior Taekwondo classes.
The Bluewave KickStars programme is proving really popular and we had record classes this weekend with many new beginners since the start of September. It is therefore our plan to open a new class for this age to run on a Monday. If you want to help us decide the times for the class please complete the short survey here.
The very first class on Sunday 9th November 1997 with three students: Coleen Reilly, Gemma Hutchins and Sam Hutchings
One year on in 1998, we had already grown with a few more members, some new grades and joined by our 2nd instructor, Ant Tickner.
Twenty years ago Gerry Reilly launched the first World Taekwondo / Olympic style Taekwondo club in Basingstoke and Deane. The first class took place on Sunday 9th November 1997 at Overton Recreation Centre. Even by the end of the first year we had a few more students. As Bluewave with our focus on providing excellent facilities and training in Basingstoke we continue to grow providing the very best of Taekwondo using the latest coaching methods in a fun, safe and friendly environment. Today we run 13 classes a week (and hopefully more to come), monthly specialist poomsae competition training and senior belt training, host British Taekwondo coaching courses for the south and have a rapidly growing membership of all ages.
We look forward to see lots of people along to help celebrate the first twenty years and look forward to the next twenty!
We have just started a small programme of improvements at our VBC dojang. Over the next few weeks we are having destratification fans installed to improve the heat distribution in the main hall, the doors and windows on the front of the building will be painted and we are re-modeling of the entrance and waiting room area. The re-modeling of the entrance will provide a new larger waiting area and we are also moving the door into the training area so that the internal doors and external doors will no longer be directly in-line, which will improve the retention of heat during winter training. During this work all classes will be running as usual however it is possible that for a small number of classes we will need to use an different entrance. If so, there will be signs and directions on the outside doors. Please also ensure that all juniors are dropped off and collected from inside the dojang. This will be even more important that usual over the next couple of weeks.
This work will further improve of our facilities by providing a more attractive reception/waiting area and improved heating. As a Not-for-Profit club we have been able to do this work because the fees our members pay are invested into our facilities and equipment. We are hoping that in 2018 we will also be able to further invest particularly in replacing some of the equipment such as sparring scoring system.
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.