After 3 years we thought it was about time to introduce
our new Beccles Taekwondo Club motif!
He will be appearing on all new doboks, and hopefully we can get some extra patches to add to old doboks too!
New t-shirts, hoodies and stickers will also be available soon!
It’s been a busy week:
Monday: Big group of students turn out at Beccles Taekwondo Club session in the evening, with new people having a come and try session.
Tuesday morning: equipment at the ready, before what was two fantastic introductory sessions of Taekwondo at Ringsfield Primary School. Nice to see some of our existing students too, looking well proud in their doboks 🙂
Wednesday afternoon: Last of our Taekwondo enrichment sessions at Beccles Free School for this year, and we look forward to seeing some of the students at our Beccles Taekwondo Club to continue their training on a Monday or Thursday evening, very soon 😉
Thursday Evening: and we are back at the Beccles Taekwondo Club sessions again, and not only with more new members coming to have a go, but we now have a sea of red and black tag belted students to teach…great feeling.
GTUK Beccles Taekwondo
Fantastic Results from the Unified ITF World Championships this weekend.
Well done to both GTUK England and Scotland Squads.
The GTUK now have New World Champions, with loads of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals throughout the categories!
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Beccles and Bungay Taekwon-do Students took part in their 2nd Grading of the year at Bungay High School on Sunday 14th June.
All students were graded on their individual belt syllabuses, which included patterns, techniques, step sparring, 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, with many being mums and dads successfully grading alongside their children, and noted that “it was fantastic to see so many new members signing up to ‘have a go’ at this martial art”.
Also a special well done to the students from the Beccles Free School enrichment scheme who gained their first belts!
This is a great time to start this family orientated sport, giving new members time to learn the 1st belt syllabus in readiness for the October grading, it takes 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 more details:
Mr and Mrs Bedingfield II Degree Instructors
Mr Clinton Gillett V Degree Instructor
Well done to all the GTUK East competitors for taking part in last weekends UITF British Open, and especially to BecclesTaekwondo’s Jason Drake on his 2 silver medals!
British Open Taekwondo Success.
Twenty competitors from Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo clubs travelled to the heart of England in order to compete in this year’s British Open Taekwondo championships at the weekend and despite huge categories and some very heavy contact they came away with a stunning 21 medals!
Gordon Perkis and Kerry Norfolk achieved fantastic double gold medals for sparring and patterns whilst Amanda Linford achieved gold for patterns and silver for sparring, Lucy Thurbon fought superbly for her gold in sparring and bronze in patterns.
Jason Drake (from Beccles Club), and Jade Howgate achieved double silver medals in their divisions.
Tegan Brown performed superbly in order to be awarded silver for sparring and bronze for patterns, whilst Amber Swanston, Liam Everett and Jacob Burden fought really hard for their bronze medals. Colby Aldrich was really unlucky to come 4th in his category after many rounds of hard competition.
The event culminated in Club instructor Clinton Gillett, fighting assistant instructor Martin Sloan in the final of the Veteran middle weight Black belt male sparring with Clinton winning on points.
Martin therefore gained silver for sparring and bronze for patterns with Clinton getting the gold for sparring and a bronze for patterns in the international category.
Thomas Adams, Jake Swanston, Bailey Aldrich, Christian Everett, Jayden Howgate, Ben Burden and Harry Norfolk were fabulous competitors but missed out on the medals in this instance.
The clubs are gearing up for the summer grading in June but there is still an opportunity to get started in this dynamic sport and details can be found on the clubs websites.
Congratulations to Master Richard Auciello on passing his 7th degree and becoming a Master.
Also congratulations to Mr Darren Holmes on passing his 6th degree.
The GTUK is very lucky to have 2 such inspirational senior instructors.
From all at Beccles Taekwondo we wish to say a Big Congratulations to Mr Gillett on passing his ITF 5th Degree examination in front of Grandmaster Oldham and senior instructors.
This is a huge achievement and we are all very proud of Mr Gillett who is the senior instructor for GTUK East, East Jee-Goo and the Bungay Taekwondo Club.
Clinton Gillett completed a tough international grading examination under the watchful eye of several masters and Grandmaster Oldham in Coventry at the weekend in order to be awarded his 5th Dan in Taekwondo.
The test included the 3 patterns for the grade, step sparring sequences, full contact self-defence, 2 onto 1 sparring, Korean theory and destruction (including power tests for jumping kicks, foot and hand techniques on both sides, where he unfortunately cracked a bone in his wrist early in the grading but chose to carry on regardless) Grandmaster Oldham praised his thesis on ‘Moral Culture’ and said that “his standards and attitude are exceptional”.
There has to be a minimum time in between grading examinations at this level and it is over 5 years since he passed his 4th Dan so Clinton is delighted to gain this international award and will receive his certificate from Korea within the next month.