Most of our classes are currently full so we are delighted to announce that we will be adding an additional class to our Taekwondo schedule from Saturday 7th November running from 11.00am-12.00pm. This will be a general class for all ages 7+, suitable both for existing Bluewave members and new beginners.
This month we started running fortnightly Poomsae Competition training sessions. We wanted to make sure that everyone at Bluewave and other British Taekwondo clubs have the opportunity to do physical training.
Yesterday was our second October session and it was another fully booked session. This month we had over 30 different members from 8 different clubs join us for 3 hours of Poomsae training!
Congratulations to those who were promoted following the grading on the 12th September. This was an unusual grading for both examiners and candidates as we had to conduct this grading respecting the COVID-19 guidelines which meant that there was no contact sparring or one-step, as well as no testing of self-defence or breaking. However all candidates were still required to undertake a rigorous grading with extended sections on poomsae, kibon patterns and basics as well as several rounds of socially distanced 1-1 and 2-2. Senior candidates also demonstrated their one-step at social distance. This will remain the format for gradings whilst we are under the current COVID-19 guidelines.
|Yellow Tag / 9th Kup||Yellow Belt / 8th Kup (cont)||Green Belt / 6th Kup (cont)|
|Mykolas-Jonas Kuodys (CREDIT)||Harry Shaw||Charlie Mason|
|Dilsha Udahage-Don||Alexander Brewerton||Ronan Lee|
|George Pyrke||Sophie Butler||Shabeer Jameela|
|James Dance||William Bunker|
|Robert Cooper||Green Tag / 7th Kup|
|Caron Gore||Ayaan Pradeep||Red Tag / 3rd Kup|
|Harley Harris-Piper||Ethan Gore (CREDIT)|
|Yellow Belt / 8th Kup||Louie Fan|
|Reena Gurung (DOUBLE)||Red Belt / 2nd Kup|
|Shane Pearce (DOUBLE)||Green Belt / 6th Kup||Shubhashis Shrestha (CREDIT)|
|Rosie Maishman (CREDIT)||Dineth Udahage-Don (CREDIT)||Isabella Martin (CREDIT)|
|Diyeni DeSilva||Adriano Anzani||Annabel Poynter|
|Ellie-Rose Adams||Anoushka Shaw||Kieran Pern|
Congratulations to Darren and Pradeep who both passed their their 2nd Dan gradings at last weekend's Dan Grading.
Despite current restrictions they were both put through a very thorough and rigorous 1 hour grading which included nearly all aspects of Taekwondo. They were required to perform 5 poomsae, 2 kibon patterns, demonstrate a random choice of 5 combinations from the Bluewave Kup Syllabus giving appropriate coaching points, show 10 one-step techniques on both left and right at social distance, demonstrate their breaking techniques on a bag, several rounds of socially distanced 1-1/2-2 sparring, 3 rounds of sustained bag work and finally an interview by the panel.
They worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserved their successful promotions.
Our next Dan Grading will be in April 2021.
Following the success of this weekend's competition poomsae training we have decided to make this a twice monthly session. This will allow us to focus on the development of both Bluewave members as well as members of the other British Taekwondo clubs with whom we collaborate.
From now on we will be running competition poomsae training on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. The sessions will run from 12.30-2.30pm for all grades with the extra hour for dan grades being from 2.30-3.30pm - with under 14 dan grades leaving at 3.00pm. The first of the additional sessions will be on Saturday 17th October. Please note the start times have moved back 30 minutes.
Each of the two sessions in a month will be run with the same structure and focus. Starting in November, we will take bookings for both sessions at the same time so we can ensure that everyone who wants to train gets to do at least one session a month. You are well come to request a place for both sessions, however priority will be on ensuring everyone gets a place on at least one session a month. If you are interested in attending both sessions in a month we would request that you state a first and second preference in case we are over subscribed.