On the 14th April, Bluewave held its first direct British Taekwondo approved Dan Grading. This was a small start and allow us to test out our new syllabus and approach to gradings.
The four candidates were required to show their competency in all aspects of Taekwondo through demonstrating;
1. 5 poomsae
2. Performing 5 kup grade combinations and discussing the key coaching points
3. 10 one-steps from left and right
4. A full range of self defence
5. Sparring - both 1 for 1, and multiple rounds of free sparring
6. Breaking for 16+
7. Understanding of Taekwondo theory and philosophy
All candidates had prepared well and showed a great approach to their performances. Bluewave is therefore proud to add Pradeep Lalung, Miranda Arnush, Jonathan Paduanelli and Darren Miller to our group of dan grades. Well done!
Thank you to Corey Payne for assisting at the grading, and to our examiners - Master Gerry Reilly, 7th Dan, Master Lynne Firth, 5th Dan and Master Coleen Reilly, 5th Dan.
Our next Dan Grading will be on Sunday 13th October. This will be open to not just Bluewave members but also other British Taekwondo clubs wishing to have their candidates undertake a rrigorous grading in all aspects of traditional Taekwondo.
Once again we have the honour of Grandmaster Shin Byeong Hyun visiting us from Korea in April. GM Shin is one of the world leading instructors and head instructor of the World Taekwondo Chungdokwan Federation. We will be running an open class with GM Shin at our dojang on Tuesday 16th April from 6.00-8.00pm. This will be open to all ages and all grades. Cost just £5 for Bluewave members and £15 for others.
Places will be limited so please sign up on the sheets in the dojang or on the Facebook Event at
Congratulation to all our KickStars who were promoted following the gradings last weekend, especially to Rayn, Felix and Laurent who were promoted to Yellow Tag and are moving up to the junior classes.
Results from the junior/senior grading will be out soon!
|Orange Stripe||Blue Stripe||Brown Stripe|
|Kai Adams||Robert Cooper||Christian Hewitt|
|Panayiotis Kalvas||James Dance||Adinath Kanago|
|Cater Mackie||Harvey Dance|
|Brandon Paduanelli||Oliver Lau||Black Stripe|
|Olivia Lau||Jaiden Macassaddu|
|Green Stripe||Ayaan Pradeep|
|Jacob Topliss||Red Stripe|
|Izzah Adeel||Alexander Quainton||Yellow Tag|
|Shriyan Veeranki||Harry Shaw||Rayn Child|
|Dawid Piaseczny||Felix Howard|
|Purple Stripe||Diyeni DeSilva||Laurent Valentin|
|James Tamilmani||Jegors Vingradous|
|Mason Cox||Musa Ahmed|
Our second Dan grading of 2019 will be on Sunday 13th October.
In preparation for our 3rd Poomsae Championships we will be hosting an official British Taekwondo Poomsae Judges course on Sunday 5th May. This is open to 4th Kup / Blue Belt and above, minimum age of 16. Details can be downloaded from here.
Bluewave members who wish to attend should pass their completed application form back to one of the instructors rather than sending directly to British Taekwondo. The club will be paying the £45 course fee for Bluewave members who attend the course and commit to judging at the Bluewave Championships.