On Saturday 17th November 2012, Taekwon-do students from Bungay and Beccles clubs travelled to Wellingborough for the GTUK national Black belt grading. They had to perform their syllabus examination in front of the GTUK Senior instructors headed by Master Oldham 8th Degree.
The grading started at 9.30am, and finished at 6pm, this is a gruelling examination of fitness, technique and mental strength, including technical theory, and finally showing the competent ability to break several pieces of 1 inch pine for the destruction section of the grading.
Keep calm and kick to the head! 14 Competitors! 19 Medals!
Beccles and Bungay Taekwon-do clubs unite at the GTUK British Championships at Ryton in Coventry, on 27th Oct 2012.
An early start for many of the 14 competitors and encouraging supporters from Beccles and Bungay on Saturday morning, an 8.30 a.m registration meant tiredness and nerves, however, adrenaline soon kicked in for the Pee-wees (12 years and under) and the Juniors (13–16 years old) as they were called up to perform their patterns and sparring.
Up first was Adam Fuller winning a silver medal for sparring after undergoing many well fought bouts, older brother Lewis Fuller won a well deserved gold medal for patterns and silver for sparring. Jacob Burden won a silver medal for patterns and his younger brother Benjamin Burden won a bronze medal in sparring.
Junior Callum Read won a gold medal in sparring, and Saskia Baylis won double bronze for patterns and sparring, whilst Jake Swanson marginally missed out on medals yet fought just as hard.
Next up were black belt juniors Jenna Akerman won a bronze medal for patterns and silver for sparring with twin sister Sophie Akerman winning a bronze medal in sparring. Kal Bedingfield just missing out on the medal positions against some stiff competition.
Black belt adults were Lianne Hatcher who won a much deserved silver medal in sparring and Logan Bedingfield who won a well fought gold medal for sparring.
Next up were veteran black belts Susie and Nidge Bedingfield, Susie winning a gold medal in patterns and Nidge winning silver in patterns and bronze in sparring.
All competitors fought with amazing ability and triumphant courage as the nerves and reality of the competition sunk in.
Once all individual competitions were completed, the special team event for black belt England Squad members commenced, made up of teams of 3 competitors.
Members from Bungay participated in this event, all displaying the true spirit of Taekwon-do.
Jenna Akerman took the gold trophy with her team winning, her sister, Sophie’s team won the silver.
Kal Bedingfield also took home a well-deserved bronze trophy.
All team members fought well showing great Taekwon-do ability.
Report by Sophie Akerman
New members are always welcome to join in at either Bungay or Beccles for fun, fitness and fighting.
Please contact Clinton Gillett 01986 892140 for the Bungay Club, Susie or Nidge Bedingfield01986 895204 for the Beccles Club.
Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo members ‘still standing’ after GTUK England session at the Woodlands Academy Coventry Oct 2012, in preparation for the British Tournament on the 27th October. With guest Ellie.
The sport of Taekwondo ‘kicked off’ in Beccles last Tuesday evening. The first class was attended by 14 students, and led by Black Belt instructors Susie and Nidge Bedingfield.
Then on Saturday, an excellent Taekwondo demonstration was put on which included 6 local GTUK England Squad members, 3 adults and 3 juniors, showing the powerful skill levels that can be achieved in this martial art.
On display were fighting patterns, punching and kicking techniques, self defence, destruction, and sparring.
After the demo, potentially new members were encouraged to come and have a go on a kick shield.
Ex TAGB black belt Jade Jones struck GOLD at the Olympics winning her division in the WTF sparring, when in the TAGB/BTC Jade trained with Mr Martin Williams, Mr Richard Saunders and Mr Adrian Jones, all in North Wales, before switching WTF to gain access to the Olympics.
Well done Jade from everyone at the TAGB. Nice to see you haven’t forgotten how to use your front leg side kick!
The GTUK would like this opportunity to congratulate Jade & the TAGB on her great achievement at the Olympic Games. Read more:
Congratulations go to Barry Parsons, George Cockburn (GTI Sec) and Clive Daffey on passing their Masters degree.
All three Masters were originally taught by Master Oldham for many years, and their dedication to our art has been steadfast and true…