Fantastic Beccles GTUK British Taekwondo Championships results

Beccles Taekwondo British Champions

Two very very proud Beccles Taekwondo instructors with their British Championships Medalists :) :)

Fantastic GTUK British Championships results

7 Students – 15 Medals – 8 Gold & British Champions!!

Beccles Taekwondo Club took a squad of 7 students to the GTUK British Championships held at Ryton near Coventry on Saturday 24th October 2015.

This is a 300 mile round trip from Beccles, and many of the students come from further afield, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Southwold, so this makes it even more exceptional to travel all that way and come back with such a huge medal haul.

We even got a live radio interview with BBC Radio Suffolk who were impressed with the result!

 So a big congratulations goes to:

Barbara Mazza, Veteran Female Black Tag: Silver Patterns, Silver Sparring

Jason Drake, Veteran Male Black Tag: Gold Patterns, Bronze Sparring, Gold Destruction

Dean Harding, Adult Male Blue Belt: Gold Patterns, Gold Sparring

George Zachariades, Veteran Male Yellow Belt: Gold Patterns, Silver Sparring

Jade Kirby, Adult Female Yellow Tag: Gold Patterns, Gold Sparring

Alfie Woodcraft, Junior Male Yellow Belt: Gold Patterns, Silver Sparring

Maddison Harding (only 5 years old) Pee wee Yellow Belt: Bronze Techniques, Bronze Sparring

You all demonstrated incredible Taekwondo Spirit throughout the day.

beccles Taekwondo British Champions

Taking part in tournaments can be a daunting experience, but it is the only true way to evaluate your progress in Taekwondo, (and the quality of the teaching), but most of all it shows the dedication to your training that is required to succeed at a National level.

A Massive WELL DONE to you all.

British Taekwondo Championships

More photos can be viewed and purchased from the Tournament photographers De Photo:
GTUK British Championships – 24/10/2015

See taster video below:

Thank you to Grand Master Oldham, Master Auciello and all the Seniors, Mrs A and everyone that contributed to the excellent running of an incredible day.

A big thank you to Mr Gillett for giving us (Nidge & Susie) a lift to Coventry on the Bungay bus, just like old times.

Thank you to Master Auciello as we now have our new Breaking Horse. It’s going to be awesome!


GTUK Championships October 24th 2015 plus The Great GTUK Bake Off


GTUK Championships October 24th 2015

You need to be registered via your instructors!

Click links below for entry forms and tournament information

Entry Form Oct 2015

GTUK Championship Information for students

GTUK 2015 Tag Team Entry Form (black belts)

The Great GTUK Bake Off

During the GTUK British Championships on 24th October 2015 the GTUK England Squad will be holding the first Great GTUK Bake Off! competition, open to all students and spectators.

To enter, you will need to bring your baked goods (cakes, biscuits, sweet pastries etc.) to the GTUK stall by 9:30am on the morning of the competition. We would like to be able to identify the baker, as there will be a prize for our Star Baker. You will also need to provide a description of the item and a list of ingredients. In the interest of safety we ask that you highlight any ingredients that are common allergens, including – although not exclusively nuts. We will assume that all entries contain gluten unless otherwise indicated.

During the day the Senior Blackbelts will taste test the entries and our Star Baker will be announced. There will also be the opportunity to buy the baked good throughout the day. All funds raised will used to support GTUK England Squad students, particularly linked to Argentina 2017.

Instructors, we would like you to promote this opportunity to any students who are attending the Championships

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact

UITF British Open Medallists

UITF British medallists 2015

Well done to all the  GTUK‬ East competitors for taking part in last weekends UITF British Open, and especially to BecclesTaekwondo’s Jason Drake on his 2 silver medals!

Jason Drake silver medals for patterns and sparring

British Open Taekwondo Success.

Twenty competitors from Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo clubs travelled to the heart of England in order to compete in this year’s British Open Taekwondo championships at the weekend and despite huge categories and some very heavy contact they came away with a stunning 21 medals!

Gordon Perkis and Kerry Norfolk achieved fantastic double gold medals for sparring and patterns whilst Amanda Linford achieved gold for patterns and silver for sparring, Lucy Thurbon fought superbly for her gold in sparring and bronze in patterns.

Jason Drake (from Beccles Club), and Jade Howgate achieved double silver medals in their divisions.

Tegan Brown performed superbly in order to be awarded silver for sparring and bronze for patterns, whilst Amber Swanston, Liam Everett and Jacob Burden fought really hard for their bronze medals. Colby Aldrich was really unlucky to come 4th in his category after many rounds of hard competition.

The event culminated in Club instructor Clinton Gillett, fighting assistant instructor Martin Sloan in the final of the Veteran middle weight Black belt male sparring with Clinton winning on points.

Martin therefore gained silver for sparring and bronze for patterns with Clinton getting the gold for sparring and a bronze for patterns in the international category.

Thomas Adams, Jake Swanston, Bailey Aldrich, Christian Everett, Jayden Howgate, Ben Burden and Harry Norfolk were fabulous competitors but missed out on the medals in this instance.

The clubs are gearing up for the summer grading in June but there is still an opportunity to get started in this dynamic sport and details can be found on the clubs websites.

UITF British Championships – 16th May 2015

UITF British Championships

UITF British Championships

16th May 2015  – 9am doors open
Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3Fl

***Instructors – please distribute to your students***

The GTUK is co-hosting this event, which is being held as a warm up competition in the run up to the II UITF World Championships, held in Hatfield over 10th-12th July, 2015.

The championships are open to both Coloured and Black Belt students with categories of patterns, sparring, power and special technique. Power & Special Technique is open to Black Belt Junior, Senior & Veteran Categories.

A FREE! Course for UITF-UK officials will be held on the day for all new and existing Umpires and Referees. Black Belts – Please Fill the online form and submit to register for the UITF-UK Umpires Course which will take place after the British Open Championships 16th May 2015, 6.00pm till 9.00pm. This course will set the standards required for the for coming UITF World Championships in U.K.

Coloured belt divisions are £15 to enter.
Black belt divisions are £20 to enter.
Spectators tickets are available for £5 per ticket.
All payments are made at point of registration online.

Online registration is available via Registration will be open until 8th May 2015, after which no further entries will be accepted. A passport photo is required to be uploaded for use for entry to the championships. **Please ensure this is an up to date appropriate, passport style photograph, that is clear and easily identifiable. Poor quality images may be rejected.**

ITF rules will be in place.

The divisions are split as detailed below:-

Coloured Belts
*Divisions aim to be split by Yellow, Green, Blue, Red.
Then by the following age categories for patterns, (Sparring in brackets)
Cadet Boys Under 12 –  Sparring (<120cms, <140cms, <160cms, >160cms)
Cadet Girls Under 12 –  Sparring (<120cms, <140cms, <160cms, >160cms)
Junior Males 13-17yrs – Sparring (<58kg, <63kg, <70kg, >70kg)
Junior Female 13-17yrs – Sparring (<48kg, <53kg, <60kg, >60kg)
Males 18-35yrs – Sparring (<63kg, <71kg, <80kg, >80kg)
Females 18-35yrs – Sparring (<58kg, <63kg, <70kg, >70kg)
Veteran Male 36yrs+ – Sparring (<73kg, <90kg, >90kg)
Veteran Female 36yrs+ – Sparring (<61kg, <75kg, >75kg)

Black Belts
*Pattern divisions aim to be split by grades and the following ages. (Sparring in brackets)
Cadet Boys Under 12 –  Sparring (<120cms, <140cms, <160cms, >160cms)
Cadet Girls Under 12 –  Sparring (<120cms, <140cms, <160cms, >160cms)
Junior Males 13-17yrs – Sparring (<52kg, <58kg, <63kg, <71kg, <80kg, >80kg)
Junior Female 13-17yrs – Sparring (<42kgs, <48kg, <53kg, <60kg, >60kg)
Males 18-35yrs – Sparring (<58kg, <63kg, <71kg, <80kg, >80kg)
Females 18-35yrs – Sparring (<52kg, <58kg, <63kg, <70kg, >70kg)
Veteran Male 36yrs+ – Sparring (<73kg, <90kg, >90kg)
Veteran Female 36yrs+ – Sparring (<61kg, <75kg, >75kg)

*Please be advised it is at the organisers discretion to change divisions where necessary and appropriate.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask…

Kind regards

Mrs J Auciello

Umpire Course – Practical Day Session 18th April 2015


GTUK Umpire Course (B)

(Practical Umpire Course Syllabus only)

18th April 2015 10-4pm £15:00
Catmose Sports Centre, Oakham

The arranged Umpire Course (practical day) of the 11th April 2015, has been postponed to 18th April 2015 due to the BTC Touch Gloves championships. Please find the entry, costs detailed below; please distribute this information to your students.

This course has been run following requests from students who attended the last course, requesting more time to take part in the practical session that follows the theory side.

This session is perfect for students who have already attended a previous course which has already encompassed the Theory aspect, however is open to all eligible students,(detailed below). The day will cover umpiring, refereeing, as well as the administration, and during the afternoon session will give opportunity to referee with both all range of students (Coloured & Black belt peewees, juniors and seniors) during the squad training session.

Morning session 10:00 – 12:00 – Friendly practical session with other students on the course, with feedback opportunities with seniors/other students. Opportunity to deal with staged situations which occur during competitions.

Afternoon session 1:00 – 4:00  – Practical session in conjunction with the GTUK England squad session, giving opportunity to actually umpire real competitors.

This course is open to students aged 14 years and over, red tag and above.

Please complete and bring along the Umpire Course Form. Dress Code: Dobok

Many thanks

Mr Auciello & Mr Holmes

Well done to our small but perfect team of Beccles Taekwondo students


Well done to our small but perfect team of Beccles Taekwondo students who completed at the National GTUK Championships on 7th March 2015, you did us proud!

Left to right

Jason Drake: Bronze Sparring

Barbara Mazza: Gold Patterns, Gold Destruction, Silver Sparring

Gary Wheeler: 4th Sparring


Jason and Gary with Mrs Bedingfield who never misses the chance of a photo opportunity 😉

Medals Galore for Waveney Taekwondo Clubs

Fourteen students from Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo Clubs travelled 160 miles to Coventry at the weekend to compete in this year’s GTUK National Championships and came away with a medal haul to be proud of.

Over 800 students from all over the UK gathered at the Sky Blues Connection to compete against one another in sparring, patterns and destruction following on from regional tournaments held earlier in the year.

Jed Baddour (aged 8) came second in the Pee-wee special destruction technique whilst Jadyn Howgate (aged 6) got through a couple of rounds in his sparring category before being defeated by the eventual winner so they were both unlucky to leave without medals.

Other Bungay students were more fortunate with Jade Howgate (aged 31) winning bronze for sparring and patterns in her first ever competition, whilst Taylor Perkins, Lucy Thurbon (both aged 13) and Liam Everett (aged 14) won double silvers in their categories. Tegan Brown won an excellent gold for her superb patterns and a well-deserved bronze for her sparring. Christian Everett (aged 11) and Club instructor Clinton Gillett (aged 43) topped the tables with both winning gold medals for sparring and patterns in their categories.


Beccles student Gary Wheeler was a super sport but narrowly missed out on a medal whilst his team mate Jason Drake gained a bronze for sparring. Barbara Mazza achieved great golds for patterns and destruction alongside silver for sparring.

The final medal haul was 18 medals won which is testament to the high quality of taekwondo in the area. If you want to come along and try this superb martial art for competition or just to get fit or learn self-defence then please check out the club websites or we always welcome everyone in this family friendly sport.


GTUK Championships 7th March 2015

GTUK Championships

Please find attached information regarding the forthcoming

GTUK championships on 7th March 2015  

Registration will open at 8:30 am, and there will be refreshments available during the day. Can you please arrive as early as possible with your students to ensure the day will run as smoothly as possible? The GTUK Scotland & England Squad coaches will again be on the lookout for new talent and inviting students to join the appropriate Squad.

We have again organised an After Champs Party, which will be held in the Warwick Suite at the Sports Connexion. There will be a disco all evening and a buffet will be served.

Advanced tickets are available for £5 each when reserved with your instructors.

All dates on the paperwork are aimed at students; therefore gives a cut-off date of 1st March 2015 to allow Instructors time to process the entries, and party ticket requests.

Entry fees are:

  • Coloured Belt Adults £20.00
  • Coloured Belt Junior & Peewee £15.00
  • Black Belt Adults – £20.00
  • Black Belt Junior & Peewee £15.00
  • Spectators £5.00 on the day through Spectators entrance.
  • Under 11yrs old free’ when accompanied by an adult

Click images for information and entry forms

GTUK-Championships-Information-Mar-2015 GTUK-Champs-Entry-Form-Mar-2015

Congratulations to Beccles Taekwondo students who attended the Northamptonshire Inter Club Tournament on 15th Feb 2015

Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo competitors before the competition


 Congratulations to Beccles Taekwondo students who attended the Northamptonshire Inter Club Tournament on 15th Feb 2015

Fantastic results.

Barbara Mazza: Silver Sparring, Gold Patterns

Jason Drake: Silver Sparring, Gold Patterns

Gary Wheeler: Silver Patterns, Gold Destruction


A much smaller contingent of Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo students than usual travelled the 100 miles to Northampton in order to compete in this year’s inter-club competition.  Many of the usual stalwarts were on holiday or unavailable due to prior commitments but those that did attend achieved great success.

From Bungay High School Christian Everett (year 7) and Liam Everett (year 9) represented the club superbly with Liam getting 2 silver medals for sparring and patterns in his age and belt category whilst his brother Christian gained bronze for patterns and brilliant gold for sparring in his division.  He was also praised by all the black belts for his level of technical ability and self-control whilst fighting some slightly smaller boys in his category.  Mr Baddour’s son Jed, who trains in the Wednesday after school club also did really well to win gold for patterns and bronze for sparring in the Pee-wees (under 12s).

From Beccles Barbara Mazza won silver for sparring and a great gold for patterns with the same results for Jason Drake whilst Gary Wheeler got silver for patterns and a fabulous gold for all coloured belt veterans destruction. Bella Gibson competed well but just missed out on a medal place.

Mr Gillett finished of the medal haul by winning gold in sparring and silver for patterns in the Veteran black belt males.  With all the medals won we came 4th in the area, only beaten by much bigger towns such as Wellingborough and Northampton which was a great if somewhat surprising achievement with our diminished team!

Students are getting ready for the British GTUK Championships at the moment but it is still possible to come along and train, just contact the clubs for further details or


Northants Interclub Tournament 15th February 2015


Beccles Taekwondo Club have been invited to the

Northants Interclub Tournament

on Sunday 15th February 2015

All Ages and Belts Categories

Patterns, Sparring and Destruction

Venue: Thomas Beckett School, Northampton

Doors open to competitors: 9.45am or earlier if we’re ready. 

Prices: £8 competitor.
£3 spectator X 1, £5 spectators x 2, £8 spectators x 3, £10 spectators x 4.

Under 4s spectate free. 

Squares: three squares (two boxes from Mrs Parker one from Mr King).

One square dragons and pee wees, one square juniors, one square adults.

Patterns first followed by sparring. Full safety equipment needed (hands, feet, head and groin).

Breaking: it has been requested that we let lower grades have a go at breaking. If everyone agrees we can do that.

First aid: Lisa will be attending.

Photos: DE booked.

Medals and certificates: Ready.

Food stall: snacks will available.

We will be collecting money for Cancer Research on the day.
A collection box by the food stall and front doors.
Any profits made by us on the food stall will go to the charity.

This is a great entry level tournament, with a friendly family atmosphere,

not as big as the Nationals, but still great competition, very well run and good fun.

So try to make it if you can!