We have made a few adjustments to the club calendar. The dates below have been changed to avoid clashes between events.
1. Next kup grading (for all kup grades) will now be on Sunday 11th March rather than Saturday 10th March. No changes to times.
2. Next competition poomsae training will be Saturday 10th March rather than Saturday 3rd March. Usual times.
We also have a couple of important new dates.
Grandmaster Shin Byeong Hyun, 9th dan and Head Instructor of the Chungdokwan in Korea will be visiting the UK and Ireland in April. There will be a seminar in Kingston with Grandmaster Shin on Sunday 15th April from 2.00-5.00pm. This is a great chance to train with Grandmaster Shin and alongside other clubs from the Chungdokwan tradition. This is particularly important for dan grades and those working towards a dan grading in 2018. Cost will be just £20.
Greating showing by Bluewave's KickStars at the gradings last Friday and Saturday. 40 young and enthusastic children showing their passion for Taekwondo! Also really pleasing to see 5 now graduating to Yellow Tag and moving on upto the junior classes for the next step in their Taekwondo journey.
On Sunday 3rd June 2018 we will be hosting our 2nd open poomsae championships in Basingstoke following on from our successful event last year. This will be a recognised British Taekwondo event and will be run under full World Taekwondo Federation rules. The entry pack can now be downloaded from here.
This will be a fabulous opportunity for Bluewave members to experience poomsae competition so we'd like to encourage as many as possible to entry. We expect the event to fill quickly so if you do want to enter please let your instructor know as soon as possible.
Happy New Year and welcome to 2018. Classes restart on Wednesday 3rd January and we look forward to seeing everyone back training hard and having fun. If you have been out for a while then January is a great time to get back to training. Beginners also always very welcome at all our classes.
For many years we used to publish a regular newsletter but with social media and nearly everyone having emails we stopped this in 2011. However as we have so much going on that should be interesting to our members, friends and family, we have a one-off special. So the New Year Newsletter can be download the Newsletter from <<here>>.
It was a very special day yesterday for Bluewave Korean Martial Arts at the Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain (TCGB) Dan Grading with three members taking senior black belt gradings.
Master Coleen Reilly, who has been a club member since we started 20 year ago, was promoted to 5th Dan. Coleen has made an outstanding contribution to the club over many years and now leads our Monday adult classes and poomsae development.
Master Kevin Hanks who has been with the club since he joined us as a 1st Dan 18 years ago was promoted to 6th Dan. Master Hanks moved to Co. Durham a few years ago but has remained with Bluewave Korean Martial Arts and was back down for preparation for the grading and our recent celebrations.
Last up at the grading was Master Graham Jones. He has been a key Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain (TCGB) instructor and leader for many year and one of Master Gerry Reilly's and Master Lynne Firth's instructors. Master Jones joined Bluewave Korean Martial Arts more recently to continue his poomsae competition career in the 66+ division successfully graded to 7th Dan.
Congratulations to all three on these exceptional achievements.