Thank you to all the students in the KickStars and Junior Classes last night for joining in the fun whilst sporting an incredible variety of pyjamas. With the games and other activities, helped along with chocolate, the children raised £46 for Children in Need.
Bluewave will be supporting Children in Need at the KickStar and 7 – 11 year old classes on Friday 16th November. Donate a pound or two and train in your Onsie’s or Pyjama’s (please make sure your feet are not covered). If you do not normally train in one of these classes you are welcome to come along to an extra class that week and support this event.
Over the last year we have seen excellent growth in our KickStars and Junior programmes but less so for adults. This means we currently have space in all three of our adult classes.
Taekwondo is an excellent activity for adults; for its physical benefits such as improving fitness and flexibility, for its technical benefits such as developing self defence skills, as well as being fun! It is also important for the club to have a strong adult base as this will help us develop new coaches and assistant coaches for the future growth of Bluewave.
We are therefore starting an adult recruitment campaign and as a part of that we will be running a one-off Adult Only Taster Class on Tuesday 13th November from 7.00-8.00pm. This will be free and open to both absolute new beginners as well as those who might have trained in the past and are thinking about come back. Please help us by talking to friends and sharing our posts on Facebook around this campaign.
Five Bluewave members travelled out to Nenagh in Co Tipperary in Ireland to compete in poomsae at the 1st Chungdokwan Ireland Open Championships. This was a chance for several of the club's instructors to have a chance to compete and continue to challenge themselves. As this was a fairly small (and very friendly) event, the divisions were different to normal and afforded more competition opportunity with our members completing up to 11 poomsae!
All of our competitors medalled in their divisions and there were particularly good performances from Coleen to win the Masters (4th Dan+) division and Rachel to take a Bronze in her first competition for several years.
The Bluewave competitors were left to right
Master Coleen Reilly, Rachel Harman, Master Graham Jones, Master Gerry Reilly and Master Lynne Firth.
If this becomes a regular event we may well look to take a team out again in 2019.
Thank you to Grandmaster Sheamus O'Neill and the WTA for running the event.
Well done to all our young KickStars who took their gradings this weekend and especially to Ciro, Connor, Saul, Ivan and Shlok who achieved their 9th Kup / Yellow Tag and are moving up to our junior classes.
The new grades are;