Fantastic news, we have 4 New Black Belts at the club!
GTUK Black Belt gradings are 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.
All students had to travel 150 miles to Ryton-on-Dunsmore near Coventry, where the grading took place on Saturday. This grading is a true test of our martial art, with no quarter given throughout a gruelling day, performing in front of the GTUK senior instructors including Master Auciello 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.
So our congratulations go to:
Isabella Gibson 12, Junior 1st Dan Black Belt,
Bella was also awarded best junior thesis of the grading.
Liam Mills 14, Junior 1st Dan Black Belt.
Dean Harding Adult, 1st Dan Black Belt.
Jason Drake Veteran, promoted to 1.5 Dan Black Belt
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 along the way.