Beccles Taekwondo Grading Success June 2015

Beccles Taekwondo Grading Success

Beccles and Bungay Taekwon-do Students took part in their 2nd Grading of the year at Bungay High School on Sunday 14th June.

All students were graded on their individual belt syllabuses, which included patterns, techniques, step sparring, self defence, sparring, destruction, and a test of their knowledge in both English and Korean.

GTUK Examiner Mr Steve King VI degree was very pleased with the progress of all students, and said that the standards were very high, he congratulated them on their 100% pass rate, with many being mums and dads successfully grading alongside their children, and noted that  “it was fantastic to see so many new members signing up to ‘have a go’ at this martial art”.

Also a special well done to the students from the Beccles Free School enrichment scheme who gained their first belts!

This is a great time to start this family orientated sport, giving new members time to learn the 1st belt syllabus in readiness for the October grading, it takes 4 years to learn the full syllabus and become a 1st Degree Black Belt student.

If you would like to come and have a go the first session is always free, see our web sites for more details:

Mr and Mrs Bedingfield II Degree Instructors

Mr Clinton Gillett V Degree Instructor

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.

Congratulations to Mr Gillett now 5th Degree!

GrandMaster-O-IX-Mr-King-VI-Mr-Gillett-VMr King VI, Grandmaster Oldham IX, Mr Clinton Gillett V

From all at Beccles Taekwondo we wish to say a Big Congratulations to Mr Gillett on passing his ITF 5th Degree examination in front of Grandmaster Oldham and senior instructors.

This is a huge achievement and we are all very proud of Mr Gillett who is the senior instructor for GTUK East, East Jee-Goo and the Bungay Taekwondo Club.

Clinton Gillett completed a tough international grading examination under the watchful eye of several masters and Grandmaster Oldham in Coventry at the weekend in order to be awarded his 5th Dan in Taekwondo.

The test included the 3 patterns for the grade, step sparring sequences, full contact self-defence, 2 onto 1 sparring, Korean theory and destruction (including power tests for jumping kicks, foot and hand techniques on both sides, where he unfortunately cracked a bone in his wrist early in the grading but chose to carry on regardless) Grandmaster Oldham praised his thesis on ‘Moral Culture’ and said that “his standards and attitude are exceptional”.

There has to be a minimum time in between grading examinations at this level and it is over 5 years since he passed his 4th Dan so Clinton is delighted to gain this international award and will receive his certificate from Korea within the next month.

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

Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo Clubs Grading Photo March 2015

taekwondo grading march 2015

Well done to all Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo students who graded at the weekend.

100% pass!

Spring Grading Success.

Forty students from Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo clubs gathered at Bungay High School at the weekend to complete a 4 hour grading examination watched over by Steve King 6th Degree and Clinton Gillett 4th Degree and standards were very high.

Patterns, techniques, sparring, self-defence and destruction had to be demonstrated by each student as appropriate and this was then rounded off with Korean Theory questions.

Nerves were very evident but everyone performed well in the end in order to be awarded their next belt grading and Steve King said “the quality of instruction by Sue and Nidge Bedingfield has meant that Beccles students have made fabulous progress, Clinton Gillett and Martin Sloan have demonstrated great consistency with their teaching to enable all Bungay students to meet and indeed surpass their own standards”  The clubs have a week off over Easter and then will be actively recruiting for new members to start this family friendly martial art so please contact Clinton on 07970664965 or Sue on 01986 895204.