Well done to our Beccles Taekwondo students on their results at this months GTUK British Taekwondo Championships, held at Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Nr Coventry.
We took a small squad of 7 competitors, and had a great day returning home to Beccles with 8 medals!
Special mention must go to our 1st time competitors, Liam Mills for getting Gold and Silver in his categories, and also to brothers Tyler and Blake Goffin for competing in large junior and peewee categories, both finishing in 4th place, just missing out on the bronze medals.
Liam Mills: Junior Black Belt, GOLD Patterns, Silver Sparring
Jason Drake: Mens Veteran Black Belt, Silver Patterns, Silver Sparring
Barbara Mazza: Ladies Veteran Black Belt, Silver Sparring
Paul Chapman: Adult Mens BlackTag, Bronze Patterns, Silver Sparring
Glen Thomson: Adult Mens Blue Belt, Bronze Patterns
Tyler Goffin Junior Red Belt, 4th Patterns, 4th Sparring
Blake Goffin Peewee Red Tag, 4th Patterns, 4th Sparring
Also thank you to the Black belts in helping to officiate the colour belt tournaments, and to Mr and Mrs Bedingfield working hard officiating throughout the day.
Full press report by Mr Gillett V
British GTUK Taekwondo Championships 2018
Twenty four competitors from Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo Clubs made the 160 mile journey to Coventry at the weekend to compete in this year’s GTUK British Championships and came back with an astonishing 27 medals which illustrates the high standard of taekwondo in the East of England!
Beccles student success included a fantastic gold for Liam Mills in the junior black belt patterns and silver for sparring, whilst Jason Drake gained double silver in the adult veteran black belts.Barbara Mazza claimed a silver for sparring in the ladies veteran black belt section and Paul Chapman achieved silver for sparring and bronze for patterns in the 7th-1st Kup males. Glen Thomson achieved a bronze for the 4th-6th kup male patterns but Tyler and Blake Goffin narrowly missed out on the medals in their respective junior and pee wee categories but they competed superbly.
Bungay student success included a fantastic patterns gold and silver sparring in the adult female 7th-1st kup for Jade Howgate, whilst Daisy Whymark gained gold for sparring and silver patterns in the junior girls 7th-1st kup division.Gordon Perkis won a great gold in the adult male 10th-3rd kup sparring and his son Joshua won silver for patterns in the pee wee section.Frankie Howells battled to a silver in patterns and bronze sparring at junior male 10th-6th kup whilst team mate Malichi Fabian gained double bronze for his junior age category.Jayden Howgate also achieved double bronze in the black belt pee wee section.Jed Baddour won a patterns silver in the older pee wee 7th-1st kups and Isaac Slater won a silver for sparring in the younger category.Brothers Christian (junior black belt) and Liam Everett (adult 7th-1st kup lightweight) both won bronze medals in their respective divisions whilst Toyota Smith also picked up sparring bronze in the adult ladies 6th-1st kups.Ewan Lutz achieved a bronze medal in the junior male 7th-1st kups but Lewis Flatt, Benjamin Burden, Colby and Bailey Aldrich all missed out on medals despite great determination and grit.
The clubs can now focus on getting ready for the next grading of the year and It is still possible to start training with Clinton Gillett at Bungay who is a 5th Degree international instructor, world silver medallist from 2000 and current UITF veteran champion or for Beccles 2nd & 3rd Degree Sue and Nidge Bedingfield who have a whole host of national and regional titles. Details can be found on the club websites and welcomes students of all abilities from the age of 6 to 60 and beyond or pop along for a free taster lesson.
British Individual Championships 2018 – information
Saturday 12th May 2018 – 8:30am registration
Venue: Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Nr Coventry
Colour Belt & Black Belt Championships
“Pee-wee, Junior, Adult”
*Free Programme to all Competitors
*Free Parking, Refreshments on the day!
Don’t miss this one!!
Deadline date for entries into champs is – 8th May 2018
See entry form on separate sheet!
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
This 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.
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: Meet your clubs competitors outside the official’s door & escort them in.
Beccles Taekwon-do Grading. A Big Congratulations to all Beccles & Bungay Taekwon-do Students who passed their Spring Grading at Bungay High School on Sunday 18th March 2018.
All students were graded on their individual belt syllabuses, which includes patterns, techniques, step sparring routines, 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.
A special well done to Beccles’s Jack Chapman (Peewee) and Evelyn Brooks (Junior) for passing their Provisional Black Belt grading, they were awarded their Black Tag belts and will now be preparing for their full Black Belt grading in front of Grandmaster Oldham IX degree at a later date.
The spring is a great time to start this family orientated sport, giving new members time to learn their 1st belt syllabus in readiness for the June grading, it takes 3-4 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 details of our training times and venues this spring:
Come and Try
1st Session Free, plus Free T-shirt!
Instructors Mr and Mrs Bedingfield www.beccles-taekwondo.co.uk