Beccles Taekwon-do club has 2 new 1st Dan Blacks Belts, Barbara Mazza and Lindell Brown.
Mr Bedingfield (joint club instructor) also had a successful grading being promoted to 3rd Dan.
All Students had to travel 150 miles to Ryton-on-Dunsmore near Coventry, where the grading took place on April 1st 2017.
This is a true test of this martial art, with no quarter given throughout a gruelling day, performing in front of the GTUK senior instructors including Master Aucellio 7th Degree, and Grand Master Oldham 9th Degree who’s history links the Beccles club back to the originator of Taekwon-do General Choi Hong Hi in 1955.
The 1st Dan Black Belt grading is a test of mental and physical abilities, 3 pattern sequences of strikes, kicks and blocks; self defence step sparring; full sparring; the breaking of 2 inch pine boards with hand and feet techniques; Korean theory along with a thesis about Taekwon-do which all students prepare in the months beforehand.
Both Barbara and Lindell showed superb Taekwon-do spirit throughout the day and got their reward with a coveted 1st Dan Black Belt. Barbara was also awarded best adult thesis of the grading.
It takes great dedication and commitment to learn Taekwon-do, with up to 4 years training to become a 1st Dan Taekwon-do Black Belt, on your journey you achieve a great level of confidence, strength, fitness and can make lifetime friendships with like minded people along the way.
Mr Bedingfield’s 3rd Dan test also included patterns, foot sparring techniques and 2 onto 1 sparring, finishing the examination with destruction techniques and theory. The preparation for this Taekwon-do grade takes up to 10 years of committed training with the applicant needing to have competed in National Tournaments, and attending regular seminar courses as an instructor and umpire, including first aid training.
If you would like to be part of this brilliant martial art and start your Black Belt journey come over to The Venue in Beccles on a Monday or Thursday evening 7 – 8.30 pm, new students of all ages are always very welcome to join our family!
“British Individual & Tag Team Championships 2017”
Saturday 29th April 2017 – 8:30am registration
Venue: Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton on Dunsmore
Colour & Black Belt Championships
“Pee-wee, Junior, Adult”
*Free Programme to all Competitors
*Free Parking, Refreshments on the day.
Don’t miss this one!
Paperwork: Important! Deadline date for entries into champs is – Midnight – 26th April 2017
Competitor entry fee: Coloured Belt Adults £20.00 – Coloured Belt Junior & Peewee £15.00
Black Belt Adults – £20.00
Black Belt Junior & Peewee £15.00
The individual’s competition is open to students of all ages and levels of Taekwon-Do, giving each and every student the opportunity to take part in competitive patterns, sparring and where age appropriate destruction. All students are placed into categories according to their age, height, and belt to give everyone a fair chance to compete to become GTUK National Champions.
Black Belt Tag Team
Team entry fee: £15.00
There will be a 3 person tag team event for Peewee, Junior and Adult Black Belts. Forms are to be completed by Instructors, and handed in on the registration day; please let your Instructor know if you are interested in competing. Teams should be made up where possible from local and Jeegoo clubs.
Spectators door entry fee: £5.00 door only – Under 11yrs old free’ when accompanied by an adult
Official’s time: 8.30am – Officials please register at door as soon as possible
Instructors: it is advisable to meet your club/s competitors outside the official’s door & escort them in.
We wish our Beccles Taekwon-do students the very best at the GTUK ITF Black Belt grading this weekend held at Ryton-on-Dunsmore nr Coventry.
There are students applying from both the GTUK East clubs: Beccles and Bungay.
Preparation has been good, so be strong, focussed and give it your best, and fingers crossed you will head home with a covetted Black Belt.
If you are unsuccessful this time, we are still 2 very proud instructors who know just how hard you have worked, and what it takes to enter such a difficult test of your Taekwon-do skills in front of our Grandmaster, Master and seniors.
The Eastern Area Taekwondo Inter-Club tournament took place in Wellingborough this year and Bungay Taekwondo Club with support from Beccles Taekwondo Club battled to a very creditable 3rd place in the region with some great individual performances which was excellent considering the competition was so fierce.
24 medals in total were achieved by 18 fighters in all age groups, pee wees (under 12) included silver for Jayden Howgate in his patterns division and silver for Jack Sutton in his sparring division.
Juniors (13-17) achieved a great haul of medals with Tegan Brown’s and Christian Everett’s golds for patterns and silvers for sparring being a real highlight, whilst Ewan Lutz gained gold for sparring and bronze for patterns, James Thurston won silver for patterns and bronze for sparring. Robin De-Berniere-Smart did really well to win silver for sparring and bronze for patterns in his first ever competition whilst Liam Everett won bronze for sparring.
Adults (18-48!) included a great double gold for Jade Howgate in sparring and patterns, gold for Barbara Mazza (Beccles) in the patterns and silver in the sparring and a superb gold for Club Assistant Instructor Martin Sloan in the black belt patterns. Jack Handley achieved a fantastic gold in the black belt sparring and bronze for patterns whilst Jason Drake (Beccles) gained silver for black belt patterns and bronze for sparring. Chloe Florido achieved silver for patterns and sparring in her division.
Several other competitors competed and supported superbly with Isaac Slater battling to 4th place in the pee wee sparring, whilst Findley Mutti, Lewis Flatt and Oliver Lamb all showed true taekwondo spirit but missed out on medals. Steve King The area 6th degree and senior said “Bungay did really well once again and their sense of team spirit and camaraderie is excellent, I am sure they will win the regions one day soon!”
Now is a great time to try out this rewarding Olympic martial art so if you want to get fit for the spring come along to Bungay High School on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 7pm or contact Clinton Gillett on 01986 892140 for further details. The youngest students in the club are 5 years old and there is no upper age limit, check us out on www.bungay-taekwondo.co.ukor for those in Beccles www.beccles-taekwondo.co.uk