We have had to make some changes to the calendar with Easter coming up and also some clashes with other events. The website calendar has been updated but I thought I'd also share these directly.
Classes will not be running on Friday 14th nor Saturday 15th April.
Classes will run as usual on Monday 17th April.
All other classes will run as usual during the Easter holiday period.
Regional Poomsae Training
Next Southern Region Open Poomsae training will be in London on Saturday 15th April, 2-5pm in Forest Hill. Details on the website calendar.
Next Bluewave Competition Poomsae Training
With the addition of the British Masters competition in London, which includes poomsae, to the calendar we have changed the Competition Poomsae Training on the 6th May. This session will now be running an extended format from 12.00-3.00pm - ideal final preparation for those competing at the British Masters or preparing for the next kup and dan gradings.
The next kup grading will now be on Saturday 27th May starting at 12.00pm.
Senior Belt Training
April training will be on Saturday 22nd April to avoid Easter weekend
May training is cancelled as it clashes with the KTAA Championships. Senior grades are strongly encouraged to attend the Pre-Dan Seminar in Kingston on Sunday 28th May.
We have also made available a couple of short polls on the website to get your views on times for the Sport Class and also some other potential additional classes that we might look to add later in the year. Please look on the website under the 'Contact Us' tab to access each of three polls. Your opinions are important to help us shape how we develop the training schedule and so please do take a few minutes to respond to these very short polls. Thank you.
Taekwondo Chungdokwan GB will be taking a group out to the annual World Chungdokwan Summer School in Korea which will this year will include a poomsae competition. The Summer School with run from the 21st - 24th July, with the competition on the 23rd. Travel out is like to be a couple of days before with travel back to the UK on either 25th or 26th. Travel details will be confirmed shortly. This will be an opportunity to train with some of the very top instructors alongside Chungdokwan members from across the world and visit the "home" of Taekwondo.
Congratulations to the Bluewave members promoted following the February grading. The high standard at this grading was great to see and reflects positively on the efforts of the candidates in their training.
The promotions were:
|9th Kup / Yellow Tag||7th Kup / Green Tag||5th Kup / Blue Tag|
|Ian Selkirk||Sebastian Wrobel - CREDIT||James Purnell - CREDIT|
|Joshua Jaffray||Jonathan Paduanelli - CREDIT|
|Ryan Ashraf||6th Kup / Green Belt||Danyal Dabhelia|
|Dawid Wrobel - DOUBLE||Giordano Baquero-Easton|
|8th Kup / Yellow Belt||Andyy Ricart - DOUBLE|
|Daisy Hedges||Laetitia Allen||4th Kup / Blue Belt|
|Matthew Gracey||Matthew Gorby||Jon-Marc Bennet|
|3rd Kup / Red Tag|
|2nd Kup / Red Belt|
The next Kup grading will be on Saturday 20th May.
All classes are cancelled for Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February as the regular instructors will be in Belfast at the Northern Ireland Open Poomsae Championships. If you normally train on these days you are very welcome to attend other classes. All other classes will be open during half-term.
Well done to all our 22 competitors, 14 competing for the very first time, at last weekend's Bluewave Open Poomsae Championships. This was the first tournament the club has hosted for many years and it was brilliant to have a large turnout from across the country but also importantly from the club. Photos are now available in the gallery and on the Facebook page. There were many excellent performances on the day, too many to highlight every one, but two that stood out where Ellen getting a silver in her first time in a K1 division and getting her poomsae selected for her, and Ethan Gore getting a gold in his division on his first time competing.
The club's medal winners were:
Gold Ethan Gore, Pradeep Lalung (team)
Silver Pradeep Lalung, Ellen Farthing, Kasundi Fernando
Bronze Jonathan Paduanelli, Ahan Sen, Darren Miller, Sean Carstens, Grace/Ria/Caitlin (team), Sean Carstens (pair)
Thank you to Coleen and Sian for coaching and to all the large team of volunteers who made the day a success.