The GTUK Eastern Area Inter-Club tournament took place in Wellingborough this year and Bungay & Beccles Taekwondo Clubs battled to a very creditable 3rd place in the region which is superb considering the winning towns are much bigger (Wellingborough 1st and Northampton 2nd)
29 medals in total were achieved by 19 fighters in all age groups, pee wees (under 12) included superb double gold for Jayden Howgate in patterns and special techniques and gold for Jack Sutton in his patterns division. Jed Baddour showed exception sparring ability to win his division in emphatic style with 3 head kicks awarded to be given the gold. Isaac Slater also battled hard to a bronze in sparring but achieved an excellent silver for patterns in a large division.
Juniors (13-17) achieved a great haul of medals with Imogen Suttons gold for sparring and bronze for patterns and Daisy Whymarks gold for patterns and bronze for sparring being real highlights as it was their 1st competition. Bailey Aldrich gained gold for patterns and silver for sparring which was a fabulous achievement as he had stepped up to juniors being a tall 12 year old! Kelsie Dyer showed great courage to win gold for patterns and bronze for sparring whilst fellow Bungay High School student James Thurston won silver for patterns.Evelyn Brooks from Beccles won bronze for patterns and silver for sparring in her 1st ever tournament, to round off a superb showing for the teenagers.
Adults (17+) included a fantastic double gold for Jade Howgate in sparring and patterns beating team mate Poppy Whymark to a creditable double silver, as she is only just in the adult section. A great gold for Jason Drake for black belt destruction went with his silver medals for both patterns and sparring whilst Gary Wheeler won double bronze medals in his 1st competition as a black belt! Barbara Mazza gained a silver in the black belt ladies patterns with Paul Chapman gaining a silver for patterns and bronze for sparring in the coloured belt male section.
Several other competitors competed and supported superbly with Colby Aldrich battling to 4th place in the pee wee sparring, whilst Jack and Jess Chapman competed really well but finished just outside the medal positions, both losing out to the eventual category winners. Jacob Burden did a superb job helping to referee for the 1st time as a black belt and Benjamin Burden acted as junior coach. Steve King The area 6th degree and senior said “Bungay & Beccles achieved a fantastic 60 points and considering the distance travelled for competitors the amount of medals won is a real testament to Eastern Taekwondo”.
Now is a great time have a go at this rewarding Olympic martial art in order to get fit for the summer and your first lesson is free! The youngest students in the clubs are 5 years old and there is no upper age limit, check us out on www.bungay-taekwondo.co.ukor for those in Beccleswww.beccles-taekwondo.co.uk
Beccles Taekwondo Club medalists (10 in total):
Jason Drake, Black Belt: Silver Patterns, Silver Sparring, Gold Destruction
Barbara Mazza, Black Belt: Silver Patterns
Gary Wheeler, Adult Black Belt: Bronze Patterns, Bronze Sparring
Paul Chapman, Adult Black Tag: Silver Patterns, Bronze Sparring
Evelyn Brooks, Junior Red Belt: Bronze Patterns, Silver Sparring
Open invitation to all GTUK Students aged 8 and over:
GTUK England Development Squad
What is Development Squad?
The aim of the England Development Squad to allow students to attend additional training with other like minded students and develop technique, confidence and ability, to be the best they can be. SQUAD TRAINING sessions cover sparring technique, patterns, power breaking, special technique, as well as team patterns, and competition scenarios.
Who can attend?
SQUAD TRAINING is open to all GTUK students aged 8 and over, it is not by selection or invitation by GTUK Coaches; students just need approval from their Instructors prior to attending. As Coaches we actively encourage Instructors to attend themselves, and to send their students, however we must point out that squad training is in addition to club training, not replacement. We can accept children occasionally under the age of 8 by prior agreement by the coaches, and their instructor.
Cost of squad training is £7 for 3 hours, and we will require to see proof of insurance upon registration, and we can ask for proof at any point during your training.
Next training session is Saturday 27th January, between 2pm – 5pm, as it is the first training session of the year we will require the 2018 registration form to be completed. Please DOWNLOAD, print, complete and bring to the session, with your registration form.
What to wear/bring? IMPORTANT
Students should wear white doboks, and current belt, and MUST bring along a full set of sparring equipment; headguard, closed fingered gloves, and footpads. Male students should wear groin guards. The session is intended to push your own individual limits, (we’re all different, and you know your levels), so we recommend not training when injured, and to always bring plenty of fluids.
The Instructors of Borough Tae Kwon Do would like to invite you to this year’s annual Northants Interclub Tournament!
Sunday 4th February will see the Wellingborough Club host this year’s annual Northants Interclub Tournament this year’s interclub Tournament brings together members from Grange Park, Wellingborough, Wollaston, Northampton, Raunds, Beccles and Bungay for what’s sure to be a fun day out for everyone.
There will be patterns and sparring divisions, as well as destruction categories available to adult students. As always, the clubs will be competing for the Interclub Trophy. An awarded to the club with the most successes throughout the day. You can enter as many of the events for your grade and as age as you would like.
All students must have a valid licence to compete, and as safety is always uppermost in our minds, those who wish to spar in the Tournament will need the following sparring equipment:
•Hand, Feet and Head Guard.
•Groin Guard (compulsory for men and boys).
Whether you want to compete or just watch…everyone’s welcome. Why not bring along your Mums, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Uncles, Aunts, Brothers, Sisters and Friends? It’s going to be a great day…so just come along.
If you have any questions, or you want to order safety equipment, just ask your Instructor and they’ll be able to help.
Don’t miss this day…it’s a great chance to meet and get to know others like you, who are all Tae Kwon-Do Martial Artists. Hope to see you all there.
Date: Sunday 4th February Time: Doors open 9:45am, the event will then run throughout the day Venue: Weavers Sports Centre, Weavers Road, Wellingborough, NN8 3JQ Costs: Competitors £8, Spectators £3 – to be paid on the day.
There is no entry form for this event, all entries will be managed on the day!
If you require further information about this event, please speak to your instructor or refer to our
Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo clubs held their last belt grading of the year on the 16th December 2017
A very large group of students attended the last grading for the year, and were put through their paces, being assessed on all their Taekwondo skills, and successfully being promoted to their respective new belt rankings.
All students demonstrated great enthusiasm and endurance during the 4 hour grading where a range of techniques, patterns, self-defence, sparring and destruction were all tested alongside Korean terminology.
GTUK Examiner Mr Steve King 6th Degree, said that standards were excellent and they were all a credit to the region and their instructors, and as you can see by the faces in the photo, all students worked really hard but enjoyed every moment, adding to the success of both the family orientated clubs from Beccles and Bungay.
The grading was then followed by an end of year party and presentation evening for new belts and student awards, held at Broome Village Hall.
This included the promotion to 1st Degree Black Belt for Beccles Mr Gary Wheeler who successfully passed his destruction test on the grading day.
Students and their families then enjoyed Hog Roast, Cakes, and Sweets getting everyone into the festive spirit for Christmas.
Below is a small video clip of the grading warm up!
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.
The last grading of the year will be on Saturday 16th December from 1.30 – 4.30 in the Gym at Bungay High School. Please make sure you wear a clean dobok and bring plenty of fluid, sparring kit and your Korean terminology so you can revise. We will need your grading fee £28 before the day.
Please note:Mr Gillett would like to see all Red Belt and Black Tags that have not graded recently. He would like you to go through the whole grading syllabus with the other students who are grading.
After the grading the Christmas Party is being held at Broome Village Hall from 5.30 to 10pm, where we will also be doing belt presentations.
Broome Village Hall, Sun Road, Broome, Bungay NR35 2RW
PARTY FOOD Hog roast, savoury food, vegetarian options, cakes, sweet, will be provided by the Bungay and Beccles clubs.
DRINKS Please bring your own soft drinks.
I will/will not be coming to the Christmas Party.
Please return this to your instructor by Wednesday 6th December.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Change of training night. We will be training on Wednesday 6th December instead of Thursday 7th!! This session will be in the SJL School gym, please ask at sports hall reception if you do not know where to go. Normal time 7-8.30pm
The last training session of the year will be Monday 18th December (which will be a Christmas fun session) and we won’t be returning until Monday 8th January, then every Monday and Thursday as normal.
Please also note if you would like to purchase Club t-shirts, hoodies or drawstring bags, can you return the forms by December 6th to give us a chance to print them. Click to load order form.
A small but powerful squad of 6 students travelled to Coventry to compete in the GTUK British Taekwondo Championships and came back with 11 medals!
Jason Drake, Black Belt: Gold Patterns, Silver Destruction, Bronze Sparring
Barbara Mazza, Black Belt: Silver Patterns, Silver Destruction, Bronze Sparring
Joseph Andrews Colour Belt: Gold Sparring, Silver Patterns
Tina Andrews Colour Belt: Silver Sparring, Bronze Patterns
Simon Leak Colour Belt: Silver Sparring
Marcel Leak-Spelman Colour Belt: competed well in a large category and just missed out on the medals.
Taking part in tournaments can be a daunting experience, but it is the only true way to evaluate your progress in Taekwondo, but most of all it shows the dedication to your training that is required to compete at a National level. For some the day started at 4am and arriving home at 10pm. Well done guys, it shows that all the hard work and commitment pays off!
ITF styled Taekwondo is a powerful self-defence and sport martial art, suitable for all ages, so if you would like to come and try Taekwondo please come along for a FREE session (and you get a Free T-shirt) at the Venue Sport Centre, Ringsfield Road, Beccles, Mondays and Thursdays 7pm to 8.30pm.