Annual Club Meeting
The annual club meeting is the opportunity for members and the parents of our juniors to meet with the instructors and trustees, to hear about the plan for the forthcoming year and raise any questions you might have.
This year’s annual club meeting will now be on
4pm, Saturday 16th January
Essex Road Dojang
35-41 Essex Road
Congratulations to all those who were promoted following the grading in December. Well done.
The examiners were particularly impressed with the spirit and attitude shown by the junior grades. This was reflected in a record number of three double promotions and three credits. The junior grades showed that they had established a strong base to their Taekwondo which will help them move forward. The senior grades, whilst performing technically well and showing good progress, could have shown a stronger spirit and this will be expected at the next grading.
The first Kup grading for 2010 will be on Sunday 28th February. If you wish to be considered for this by your instructors please make sure that your training is strong and consistent between now and the grading.
9th Kup / Yellow Tag
8th Kup / Yellow Belt
6th Kup / Green Belt
5th Kup / Blue Tag
Josephine Lawrence - Credit
Jemma Barton – Credit
8th Kup / Yellow Belt
7th Kup / Green Tag
Stuart Walker — Double
Darren Miller — Double
Tony Rice — Double
3rd Kup / Red Tag
Davey Klenz — Credit
1st Kup / Black Tag
Once again, the club will be participating in the annual sports exchange between Basingstoke and Euskirchen. This will be our 10th exchange with the Tangun Euskirchen Taekwondo Club, and is sure to be a lively and interesting weekend of seminars, competition and social activities. Attendees will be staying with members of the Euskirchen Club.
The schedule is-
|14th February||Deposit to be paid|
|30th April||Final balance due|
Provisional timetable for the weekend-
|Weds 30th June||Leave Basingstoke at 9.00pm|
|Thurs 1st July||Arrive Euskirchen for breakfast at approximately 8.30am|
|Day will be spent at Phantasialand Theme Park|
|In the evening attendees will be met by our German hosts|
|Fri 2nd July||Competition|
|Sat 3rd July||Social events|
|Sun 4th July||Leave Euskirchen after breakfast|
|Stop in Brussels for lunch|
|Catch 7.00pm ferry|
|Arrive back in Basingstoke/Overton at 9.30pm|
The cost of the trip will be £120. A deposit of £30 will be needed no later than the 14th February with the balance payable by the 30th April. Numbers will be limited with a minimum age of 10 and grade of 6th Kup/Green Belt. This is a ‘sports exchange’ and therefore all attendees will be expected to participate in the competition. Juniors will be expected to compete in both poomsae and sparring, and adults will be expected to compete in at least one of the disciplines. If over-subscribed, first preference will go to those who either hosted or participated in the 2009 Festival of Sport.
Booking forms are available from instructors and at Essex Road.
Following years of hard work and months of detailed preparation, the club is proud to announce that our two candidates at the TCGB Black Belt Grading held in Southampton on Sunday 6th December passed with flying colours. Ellie Hatton has now achieved her Black Belt 1st Dan, and Matias Carpio has progressed to Black Belt 2nd Dan. Well done.
Ellie receiving her black belt from Grandmaster Lindsay Lawrence, President of Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain.
Matias being presented with his certificate by Master Mick King, Technical Director of Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain.
Matias and Ellie proudly display their new grades.
The club took a small group down to the Dorset Open on the 25th October. Our competitors were Callum Walker, Alex Walker, Neo Botha, Jim Rate, Michael Digby and Dean Digby.
It was tough day with several of our competitors carrying minor injuries or having had recent colds, and this was reflected in some of the performances. Michael Digby unfortunately had to withdraw injured during the 2nd round of his first match whilst winning by a point, and Neo unfortunately injured herself at the event prior to the match and despite competing bravely was not able to show her usual spirit and speed! Alex lost his semi-final 2-1 when he played stronger than for sometime and was unlucky for some scores not to go up. Performance of the day was from Dean Digby. Competing for the first time for several years, he convincing won his division, 5-0, to take our only gold of the day.
This was our last tournament of 2009, we will now be focusing on training and preparing for 2010.