Two Beccles Taekwon-do Black Belt students travelled to Loughborough University campus to compete in the BUTL Open Championships, a competition bringing together all factions of Taekwondo, ITF (International Taekwondo Federation) and WT (World Taekwondo).
Mrs Mazza won Silver for Patterns and just missed out on the Destruction Gold by 1 break
Mr Drake won Bronze for Patterns
Well done guys, your club is very proud of you both. A great inspiration for anyone wanting to learn a martial art and then compete with it!
Attending the Tournament were:
3 Grand Masters
lead by Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha, who was responsible for introducing Tae Kwon-Do to the UK in 1967,
and instructor of our own GTUK Grand Master Oldham.
24 Masters in attendance (including GTUK Master Richard Auciello)
403 Individual Competitors
All ITF Groups represented
105 Taekwon-do Schools Represented
University Student National team in attendance
Olympic Torch Bearer in attendance
British Royal Marines squad in attendance
Congratulations to all Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo students on their well deserved 100% pass rate for the summer belt grading.
Way to go guys, you smashed it!
Well proud Beccles instructors.
Mr & Mrs B
CONGRATULATIONS to all the martial arts students from the Beccles Taekwondo and Bungay Taekwondo clubs who passed their Summer Belt Grading.
The examination was held at Bungay High School on 24th June 2018
GTUK Regional examiner Mr Steve King 6th Dan from Wellingborough, said this was one of the best gradings he had seen and was very pleased with the standards displayed by the students on the day, he congratulated them on their work and commitment to their training, and they were rewarded with an excellent 100% pass rate!
The 3 hour examination includes demonstrations of techniques including kicks, punches and blocks, patterns (sequences of moves), sparring, self-defence, power destruction and Korean terminology for the techniques in their individual belt grade syllabuses.
The clubs are run independently but both are affiliated to the same Taekwon-do association the GTUK, and teach the original ITF style of Taekwondo. The clubs are very family orientated, with many parents training with their children. The youngest students are 5 years old and there is no upper age limit.
The Beccles club is run by its fully certified Black belt instructors: Mr and Mrs Bedingfield, who are well supported by their team of Black belt and Black-tag students. Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays 7-8.30pm at the Venue, Beccles Sports Centre, the training dojang is situated in the activity room.
The Bungay club is run by Mr Clinton Gillett 5th Degree, who is supported by his Black belt and Black-tag students, classes are held on Tuesdays 7-8pm and Thursdays 7-8.30pm at Bungay High School, with a special class for school students on Wednesdays 4-5pm.
So if you would like to learn one of the best modern day martial arts, where you can become, stronger, fitter and more confident, come along for a FREE TASTER SESSION, and join our family!
1st Session is always Free, visit the club websites for more details:
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.