Congratulations to all those who competed at the club tournament on the 6th June.
It was a pleasure to see lots of good matches in both poomsae and sparring.The standard of competition was very good and hopefully everyone had some fun.
It was noticeable how much the poomsae had improved since our previous poomsae tournament last summer, with many matches going to a deciding third poomsae. Great practice for those grading soon.
Sparring matches were played with lots of energy and commitment. It was also great that we managed to have some spare time at the end of the day to arrange extra matches so that most got to play three times, especially the girls who clearly wanted to carry on playing for as long as they could!
It was also a pleasure to see several young juniors showing improved ‘Sport Taekwondo’ skills and clearly developing a potential to compete at the high level.
Many thanks to all those who helped out on the day with corner judging, equipment table, kitting up the kids and everything else that is needed to make the day successful.
The next club tournament will be on Saturday 7th November. This will be open to both adult and juniors, and will cover both sparring and poomsae.
For the 12th year, the club will be running a week long summer school. This is open to both beginners and existing members, aged 7-14.
This year's school will be held from Monday 27th - Friday 31st July at Overton Primary School. The sessions will run from 10am until midday.
During the week, the children will be involved in all aspects of Taekwondo training both traditional martial arts and sport. There will also be a lot of fun and games designed to improve fitness, flexibility and confidence.
The price for the week is £25 with a discounted rate of £20 for additional children from the same family. Booking forms can be download from here.
Callum Walker was the club's only competitor at the 2009 BTCB National Championships held in Manchester over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of May. Despite competiing well, Callum narrowly lost out at the semi-final stage. His semi was a close fought match, will Callum initially falling behind but then fighting through to 8-8, to then be narrowly beaten in the final round. However, still a great performance and a well deserved bronze medel in the Junior Fly division.
Callum receiving his bronze medal from Sarah Stevenson, Olympics Bronze Medalist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Following the club tournament we took a small team of 2 poomsae competitors and 5 sparring players to the TCGB championships in Bracknell. The competitors were Zack Piper, Dylan Crawte, Neo Botha, Alex Walker, Sian Reilly, Callum Walker and Coleen Reilly. Gold medal performances from Neo and Callum. The attitude and support across the team was great expecially given many frustrations on the day with the organisation of the event.
The first club tournament of 2009 on the 7th March was another fun and challenging event. A total of 25 matches were run with several competitors playing for the very first time. There was a great spirit with lots of effort and all matches played with a good attitude.
Many thanks to all the competitors and those who helped out. Next club tournament is scheduled for Saturday 6th June. Look forward to seeing everyone there!