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.
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|
Following changes to the government's guidelines for COVID-19, we have reviewed the latest guidance from British Taekwondo and Sport England and updated our Return to Training Framework and Activity Risk Assessment. These are available from the club's website and we have included direct links below;
Please can you take a few minutes to read through these documents as having everyone aware of the guidelines helps us smoothly run our classes and ensure that we are operating in a way that allows us to remain open. In particular we would like to remind everyone that social distancing measures must be adhered to both inside and outside of the dojang, and that this applies to both adults and children of all ages, including parents and carers.
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.
We have now been back training in the dojang for a month and it has been good to be together again. The instructors have been impressed with enthusiasm of our existing members to return to the dojang and it has also been great to welcome a number of new beginners to Bluewave - continued growth will be important to strengthening the club for the future.
This experience has given us the chance to review our classes and make some adjustments. In particular we want to provide additional capacity as five of our classes are running at the limit of attendees.
We have also made minor adjustments to the layout to allow us to raise the capacity of classes to 18 while still maintaining social distancing of more than 2m between each training position.
To support this, and hopefully further expansion of classes as guidelines are adjusted, we really do need some more volunteers. To support larger classes we need senior grades to be available to assist with instructing but also other volunteers to help with class management. Please email us if you are able to support with this.
As all of our KickStars and Juniors are now back in physical classes, and this is a better environment to support development for these age groups, we will be stopping the streaming of these classes also from the 4th September.
All Teen/Adult classes, the High Energy/HIIT class, the Family class, the Stretching and Flexibility class and the Dan Poomsae class will continue to be streamed online classes as well as running as physical classes in the dojang.
Please can we also remind you to let us know if you are going to miss a class or do not need your booking for a regular class any more. We have waiting lists for several classes and we want to be able to offer spare one-off or regular places to those members.
We will also be updating our COVID-19 implementation plan and risk assessment to reflect these changes. This will be published on the club website tomorrow.