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!
A BIG WELL DONE to Jason, Henry and Miss Jenna Akerman who attending the Wellingborough Interclub Tournament on Sunday 23rd Feb.
Bungay and Beccles represented the East and came 3rd overall in a competition that had 9 other clubs taking part.
These medals were really hard fought for, and well deserved see full report below.
Henry: Bronze Sparring, Silver Patterns, Best Male Junior Competitor of the day.
Jason: Silver Sparring, Bronze Patterns.
Jenna: Adult Black Belt Bronze Patterns.
If you are interested in the next tournament just ask these guys what it felt like to compete!
East Anglia Interclub Success
Fifteen students of all ages travelled to Wellingborough in Northamptonshire to compete in this year’s East Anglia Interclub tournament and came away with a superb haul of 18 medals, 3 trophies and a creditable 3rd place. The students from Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo clubs had the furthest to travel and the longest day but fought against stiff opposition in order to reach the podium.
Gold medals were won by Lucy Thurbon (aged 12) and Amanda Burden (who also won a silver for patterns and the best adult female competitor award), Lucy also gained a bronze for her sparring after bravely fighting on with a split lip. Adam Fuller (aged 11) won silver for patterns and bronze for sparring whilst his brother Lewis (aged 15) won silver for patterns. Jacob Burden gained silver for patterns and bronze for sparring whilst his brother Ben narrowly missed out on a medal in a huge Peewee division. Danny Hammond won silver for sparring, Karl Swanston won silver for patterns and bronze for sparring whilst also gaining the best adult male competitor award, unfortunately his son Jake finished 4th in both sparring and patterns after coming up against larger competitors and narrow decisions. Liam Howes (aged 12) fought bravely to win a silver for sparring in his 1st ever competition. Jason Drake achieved a superb silver for sparring in an all coloured belts adult category in which he was the lowest grade whilst also getting bronze for patterns. Henry Howe (aged 15) was rewarded for his artistic patterns with a great silver medal, and battled hard to win a bronze for his sparring, this also earned him the award for best junior male competitor of the day.
In the black belt section Jenna Akerman (aged 17) won bronze for patterns and Saskia Baylis (also 17) got bronze for sparring in the tough adult female category which rounded off a very busy day.
Clinton Gillett the area international instructor said “all competitors from the region did themselves proud as just having the guts and determination to stand up in competition and fight opponents as well as nerves deserves respect and admiration, only 10% of club members nationally compete so just taking part is a credit to themselves”.
Students are now gearing up for the British Championships and the next grading but there is always room for new beginners so if you want to come along to either Bungay or Beccles club you will be made very welcome in our family friendly classes and you can find details on our websites www.bungay-taekwondo.co.uk or www.beccles-taekwondo.co.uk
The next tournament is the Big One the GTUK British Nationals 8th March at Ryton Nr Coventry.
Anyone wishing to enter needs to get an entry form filled in and back to us by the end of next weekend.
Venue: Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton on Dunsmore
For those who want a taster of a big tournament, and there are none better run than those by the GTUK, another chance to compete in patterns and sparring, always in your own belt categories, age groups, and weight for adults. Great medals for 1st 2nd and 3rd.
Transport to be decided nearer the time for this one based on numbers going.
If you are interested in going, please let us know as soon as possible, you have to be registered before the tournament.
Good luck to those competing at the GTUK 2013 Championships, enjoy every minute of your experience.
Remember GTUK Beccles students: Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat!
Information for GTUK 2013 Championships
Date & Time Saturday 26th Oct 2013, registration starts at 8:30am.
Could you please meet your Instructors outside the venue; they will then escort the competitors into the Main hall. Spectators are free to pay and enter through the spectators door as and when.
Entry fees are:
Coloured Belt Adults £20.00
Coloured Belt Junior & Peewee £15.00
Black Belt Adults – £20.00
Black Belt Junior & Peewee £15.00
Black Belt Tag Team Event £15.00
Spectators £5.00 on the day through Spectators entrance.
Under 11yrs old free’ when accompanied by an adult
The competition is being held in the external hall at: Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton-On-Dunsmore, CV8 3FL A route map is attached separately for those who require it.
Equipment & Dress code
All students are recommended to travel in casual clothes, please wear any club or GTUK merchandise if you have it. There are facilities there for all students to change into their Doboks when they arrive. Please don’t forget your belt! All boys are required to wear groin guards, and we suggest that any long hair is tied up and pulled back off the students face. If you have your own sparring gear please ensure you have it with you. We would politely ask any students that do have their own sparring gear, if they would mind sharing with any new starters that do not. Any jewellery should be removed, or covered with plasters if it really cannot be taken out; please be advised though any jewellery worn is completely at your own risk.
Format of the day
Students will register as a club, and will be taken through to the main hall, where they can rejoin their parents/guardians, we would recommend they then get changed and then use any spare time to warm up and practice. Grand Master Oldham and the senior grades will open the tournament at aprox. 9:30. There will be a holding area where all competitors will remain until their category is ready to commence. Students will be called and will bow to the judges. In the patterns category they will be asked which pattern they will be doing, and they will then perform that pattern against their opponent, judges will signal which competitor is successful at the end. This will continue through to the final. Similarly for sparring, students will be called up, and will bow in and then students will compete to see who achieves the most points during the time.
Medals will be presented during a number of ceremonies throughout the day.
Tag Team Event
The Black Belt tag team event will take place as a demonstration event. The event will consist of a 4 minute sparring point stop session where the team members can tag in and out of the bout, after a point has been scored or the sparring has been stopped for any other reason. Teams can register on the day at the registration desk at a cost of £15 per team.
Any parents wishing to take photographs or video need to sign a form when they arrive into the building, you will ordinarily be issued with a sticker to show this has been completed. There will also be a 3rd party professional photographer onsite, who will be taking photographs during the day. If students’ photos are taken you can purchase these to take away on the day.
We recommend that you take a pack up with you and some entertainment for young children. There is however a cafeteria which sells hot and cold drinks, crisps, bacon and sausage sandwiches for you during the day should you need it.
Everyone is welcome to come to the Heroes & Villains Theme After Champs Party at the Sports Connexion. Tickets are on sale at £5 per person on the day from the merchandise stand, or can be reserved via your Instructors before 19th October for £3 per ticket. The party starts at 7pm, and a buffet will be served at 8pm. The disco and bar will continue till late.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your Instructors on the day. We would like to wish you all the very best of luck and hope you enjoy your day, and also take this opportunity to thank you for your support!
Click here for entry form, fill out and give to your instructor. Entry Form