We will be back next week for 4 more sessions 🙂
GTUK onwards and upwards.
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 😉
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 www.bungay-taekwondo.co.uk or www.beccles-Taekwondo.co.uk we always welcome everyone in this family friendly sport.
Please find attached information regarding the forthcoming
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:
Congratulations to Beccles Taekwondo students who attended the Northamptonshire Inter Club Tournament on 15th Feb 2015
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 www.bungay-taekwondo.co.uk or www.beccles-taekwondo.co.uk
We have started to give introductory lessons to students from the age of 10 upwards, with the kind permission of the following schools:
All students in the schools will have the opportunity to try the sport of Taekwondo during their normal school sports activities.
Hopefully many will enjoy this introduction to our sport and come and join us at the Beccles Sports Hall on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7pm.
We are also hoping that this will be an ongoing link between Beccles Taekwondo Club and the local schools.
To help promote our sessions we have purchased a new banner which will be on display whenever we teach.
So hopefully we will see some new faces in the dojang very soon.
Beccles Taekwondo Club have been invited to the
All Ages and Belts Categories
Patterns, Sparring and Destruction
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!
Students from Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo Clubs gathered for a winter grading and Taekwondo seminar hosted at Bungay High School where 50 students took their next examination in order to move up to the next belt in this Olympic martial art.
Seven students passed their provisional black belt meaning they can now get ready to take the full black belt examination in May, whilst all students demonstrated great enthusiasm and endurance during the four hour seminar where a range of techniques, patterns, self-defence, sparring and destruction were all tested alongside Korean terminology.
Mr Steve King (Sixth Degree) said that standards were excellent and they were all a credit to the region and their instructors whilst Mr Darren Twelvetree (Fourth Degree) commentated on how eager students were to listen and respond to advice and guidance.
It is now a perfect time to start getting fit following on from the excesses of Christmas and the sport of Taekwondo is an excellent and fun way of losing weight, gaining fitness and suppleness as well as developing self-confidence alongside real self defence capabilities.
Both clubs are family orientated with many parents training alongside their children in order to gain new skills and a sense of wellbeing.
Please find further details on:
Instructors Mr Nidge Bedingfield II & Mrs Susie Bedingfield II
Instructor Mr Clinton Gillett IV