We always inform the local press of our students’ achievements as we fully understand the amount of hard work behind each belt and trophy. We think it is important to celebrate success and that this is the least our dedicated students deserve. Here are a selection of the articles that have been featured in the Bridgnorth Journal, Shropshire Star, Shropshire Review, What’s What Magazine and other local publications. We are very proud to keep hold of every paper cutting, thank you card and gift from our students – in fact we are on to our third scrap book!
Bridgnorth Journal, March 2018: Colour belt grading success for Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do students following the latest grading for the martial arts club, at Bridgnorth Leisure Centre.
February 2018, shropshirelive.com and Bridgnorth Journal: two silver medals and a personal best at the GTI English Taekwondo Open.
November 2017, Bridgnorth Journal. National champions, debuts and umpires at the GTI British Taekwondo Championships.
October 2017, Bridgnorth Journal. World taekwondo titles for Bridgnorth Taekwondo at the ITF World Championships. Harry joined our black belt ranks, the youngest yet at just ten years old. Fantastic!
October 2017: Shropshire Star, What’s What Magazine and LoveBridgnorth Facebook page. All three are celebrating our fantastic success as part of the GTI squad. The students we trained made more than a significant contribution to the overall medal count. We are so proud!
October 2017, Bridgnorth Journal and Shropshire Star: celebrating 100% colour belt pass rate at the latest GTI Taekwondo grading at Bridgnorth Endowed Leisure Centre.
September 2017: What’s What Magazine celebrating more martial arts medals for Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do! Two golds and a silver across junior and veterans sparring, beating local rival club members and fellow GTI National Squad members in the process.
July 2017, Bridgnorth Journal: Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do winning more gold medals!
May 2017, Bridgnorth Journal and Shropshire Star: the Shropshire martial arts double whammy!
April 2017, Bridgnorth Journal: Celebrating Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do’s 100% pass rate at the recent grading for the three Shropshire GTI clubs.
April 2017, Bridgnorth Journal:
April 2017, LoveBridgnorth Facebook page and shropshirelive.com: After 15 years of martial arts tuition at Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do, Chris Murr has been promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt!
March 2017, shropshirelive.com. Many thanks to the Shropshire news site for sharing our success! Nine of our students passed the grading (100%) and examiner Master Betts praised the “very high standard” seen. What more could we ask for?!
Bridgnorth Journal, February 2017: Is this the best headline ever? We think so!
Shropshirelive.com, February 2017: Celebrating Dave Rowley’s international silver and bronze medals. Dave competed at the Professional Unification of Martial Arts International Open in Swindon (PUMA).
February 2017: Bridgnorth Journal and Shropshirelive.com celebrate Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do’s latest flurry of medals! The hardworking martial artists bagged gold, two silvers and three bronze medals. With a mixed team of kids, adults, colour belts and black belts, the range of success is testament to the quality of tuition at Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do.
January 2017: LoveBridgnorth Facebook page. We were absolutely delighted to have been chosen as one of the ‘100 Reasons to Love Bridgnorth’ campaign led by Sally Themans. It was a total surprise as we hadn’t pre-arranged it or asked to be included! It’s wonderful to be considered an asset to Bridgnorth!
Bridgnorth Journal and Shropshire Star, January 2017: Nine students from Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do were promoted to a new colour belt grade after a grading at Bridgnorth Leisure Centre. The articles also celebrate our Students of the Year, Harry and Oliver.
What’s What! Magazine and Shropshire Star, November 2016: Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do celebrates yet more gold, silver and bronze medals at national competitions. Our club proves once again that taekwondo is suitable for men, women and children!
Bridgnorth Journal, October 2016: More good news for the students of Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do as we celebrate a promotion to Second Degree Black Belt, as well as silver and bronze medals at the Welsh Open.
‘That time we were in the same Sports Section as Greg Rusedski!’ Bridgnorth Journal, September 2016. An article to celebrate nine of our students passing the latest colour belt grading, and Oliver passing with a hat-trick of A grades!
Shropshire Star, and What’s What Magazine, August 2016: We were delighted with these articles from the Shropshire Star and What’s What Magazine. They cover a range of enviable achievements which we are incredibly proud of. Firstly we have the excellent news from the GTI National Open in July. David Rowley and Oliver Hilton both won gold medals for their sparring, while Tammy Lewis bagged bronze across both sparring and patterns events. Dylan Parkes, aged just 11, competed for the second time and won a silver medal for his efforts! Meanwhile, our student Luke Richardson was deservedly recognised with an award at the first ever Bridgnorth Endowed School Sports and Creative Arts Awards Night. Well played, Team Bridgnorth TKD!
Shropshire Star, June 2016: Another double martial arts celebration in this edition of the Shropshire Star! Firstly we have ten students, a mixture of adults and children, all promoted to a new grade. Secondly we have 2nd Degree Black Belt student Luke winning bronze at the WMO Kickboxing Open!May 2016: This piece in the Bridgnorth Journal celebrates the £1400 (at the time) raised for Sands UK and the Evelyn Mae Fund. The total is now over £1600! The money was raised at the GTI 100 Rounds of Sparring charity event, held annually in Cheltenham. Huge thanks again to everyone in Team Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do who sparred, battled and sweated through the event!
April/May 2016: A triple whammy in Shropshire’s What’s What Magazine, Shropshire Star and the Bridgnorth Journal! We are so grateful to the local papers for their ongoing support. Here we have a quadruple celebration:
– 13 students promoted to a new colour belt grade
– 10 year old Dylan promoted to Black Belt
– Stunning 17 medals won at the GTI NW Open!
– Silver and gold medals won at novice competitions!
Shropshire Star, March 2016: A multiple for Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do in this edition of the Shropshire Star! Firstly our teenage juniors Jake and Luke won bronze and silver medals at an international competition. The PUMA international Open was held in Swindon and both Jake and Luke won medals for sparring! Meanwhile thirteen of our students were promoted to a new grade after a grading by Master Cockburn, 7th Dan. A fine example of lots of hard work going on!
February 2016: Dean, Luke, Jake and Aubrey hit the papers with their impressive ten medals at the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary! Here we have articles from the Bridgnorth Journal, Shropshire Star and What’s What! Magazine. The four Bridgnorth Black Belts put their training into action, winning medals across all events (patterns and sparring; individual and team). As always we are grateful to the Bridgnorth papers for supporting our club!
January 2016: Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do is going international again! Congratulations and good luck to Aubrey, Jake, Dean and Luke as they set off for Budapest to take part in the European Championships. They will compete in patterns, team patterns, sparring, team sparring and destruction. We are extremely proud to have students competing at this level! These articles were in the Shropshire Star and Bridgnorth Journal, with thanks.
We were in the first and last Bridgnorth Journal of 2015! Sincere thanks to the sports writers for supporting our club. Over the last year we have hosted tailored classes from Master Sewell and Coach Chow, as well as attending external seminars by Jaroslaw Suska and Katya Solovey. We’ve seen new black belts – three 1st Dans, four 2nd Dans and a 4th Dan promotion just this year. There have also been over 40 new colour belt promotions , as well as 34 national and 9 international medals. the Bridgnorth Journal has reported on all of it, and for that we say a huge THANK YOU.
December 2015: We just managed to squeeze in one more news article before the end of the year! This is a great punchy summary of our year and how we’ve been keeping busy! Onwards and upwards in 2016! Thank you to What’s What Magazine for this piece!
October 2015: Another two brilliant pieces in the Shropshire Star and Bridgnorth Journal, celebrating Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do’s six new black belt promotions. Robert Hall was promoted to 1st Dan; whilst Daniel Murr, Jake Round, Luke Richardson and Aubrey Round were promoted to 2nd Dan. Our Principal Instructor Gary Plant was promoted to 4th Dan, too! Proud moments!
October 2015: This article in the Bridgnorth Journal was a bonus as we weren’t expecting it! There was another version in the Shropshire Star, below. Sincere thanks to the local papers for sharing our good news!
October 2015: We are really proud of this article for many reasons! We were approached by the Shropshire Star and the reported asked us to participate based on our achievements lately. The article really sums up our club in terms of how proud we are of every single student and the heritage of our club.
September 2015: The Shropshire Star celebrates Jake Round’s gold and two silver medals at a junior novice competition. Only Jake could enter a novice competition and end up sparring the host’s national squad members!
One more article celebrating our Italian World Championship success! This is the last one, we think… Many thanks to everyone at the Shropshire What’s What magazine for featuring this article to congratulate our students!
Shropshire Review – online and in the magazine!
Here we have local coverage by Shropshire Star and Bridgnorth Journal. Both papers are reporting on Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do’s success on the national and international stage. Our two yellow belt students – the second belt in Tae Kwon-Do – travelled to Alfreton for the UITF Heart of England Colour Belt Championships. Sam Jones, competing for the first time, won silver for sparring and bronze for patterns! David Rowley, the same grade but at his second competition, secured silver in sparring. What a fantastic result! Meanwhile our National Squad members Dean Lewis and Luke Richardson travelled to London for the UITF World Championships. Dean, still carrying an injury from the Italian-based World Championships held only two weeks earlier, performed well but missed out on a podium position. However Luke picked up another medal, continuing his competitive success!
We made it to the back page of the Bridgnorth Journal with this bad boy! Dean and Luke came home with four medals each from the World Championships in Italy, across various team and individual events. (Sparring, team sparring, patterns, team patterns, team destruction and team special technique). The whole GTI squad did exceptionally well and came home with a real haul of medals between them. If you want to be the best, come and train with the best at Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do!
Congratulations from the Bridgnorth Journal to our 7 medal-winning national competitors, and our 13 newly promoted colour belts. A lot of hard work lies behind these accolades!
This is an article from the Bridgnorth Journal, following two of our adult students being promoted to Black Belt. Both students had taken a break from martial arts and came back to bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do with renewed vigour and enthusiasm to get that belt!
We are so very proud of the fact we have two students selected to compete on the national team in the World Championships. Here are our awesome duo in the Bridgnorth Journal pictured with their haul of medals!
Here we have the first of the newspaper coverage for Luke and Dean on their path to World Tae Kwon-Do Championships in Italy this June. This article was in the Shropshire Star on Friday 17th April 2015 and it follows the journey that our two students have been travelling so far, as the Bridgnorth martial artists prepare to go international!
We were delighted with this article which the Bridgnorth Journal featured in their special sports section. This article discusses our busy month of March! Seven students passed a colour belt grading, one (Mr Rowley) with an ‘A’ pass highlighting the excellent standard. Meanwhile our national squad members Dean and Luke have been busy on the tournament circuit, picking up medals and cups galore for our small martial arts club! Well done everyone!This article was featured in the Shropshire Star and celebrates Luke winning bronze, and Dean winning DOUBLE gold (again!). The successful pair fought as part of the National GTI Squad as well as representing Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do. Luke showed a massive amount of perseverance as he fought and won, against students he’s previously lost to. His attitude continues to impress us! Superb sparring! Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do’s Jake and Dean bagged two bronze and one gold medal at the GTI English Championships, February 2015! Here we have the professional photograph taken by “I’m Famous Photography”. Pictured are our medal winners Dean (gold for sparring – again!) and Jake (two bronzes for continuous and point-stop sparring). A fantastic day! We were selected to feature in the Bridgnorth Journal’s New Year New You special. Our article focused on an explanation of what Tae Kwon-Do is, and we tried to make it clear that it is an accessible hobby for all ages! We were delighted to welcome a few new members as a result of this article! This article congratulates Chris Murr and Anna Bradford on their promotion to 2nd Dan (Second Degree Black Belt), and was featured in the What’s What magazine for Bridgnorth, Much Wenlock and the surrounding areas. These two articles were featured in the Bridgnorth Journal and Shropshire Star in October and November 2014. Here we are celebrating student Chris Murr and Assistant Instructor Anna Bradford being promoted to Second Degree Black Belts. This is a huge achievement and puts Chris and Anna in a small minority of martial arts students who firstly make it to black belt, and secondly continue beyond that point! The grading tests patterns, line work, knife defence, self defence, jumping kicks, breaking boards, sparring and theory. Second Degree Black Belts are tested on all and any of the colour belt syllabus, plus three new patterns learnt since being promoted to Black Belt. These articles, from the Bridgnorth Journal and Shropshire Star, celebrate our two NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Dean and Rob! Dean, at the time a red stripe, won men’s heavy-weight sparring and also won his patterns division. Rob, a red belt at the time, won men’s middle-weight sparring and was also awarded bronze for his pattern. Luke, aged 13, won silver for point-stop sparring and bronze for continuous sparring. Harry, aged seven, also made his debut for Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do. Although he did not come home with a trophy, he performed well under pressure especially as he was the first in his category to be called to do his pattern. Excellent performance all round!
Tournament results can be viewed on the GTI website.
Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do: we train at Oldbury Wells School (East Gym), Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV16 5JD. Classes take place 7pm until 8pm on Mondays and Thursdays.
We also offer ‘Mini Masters’: an after school class for younger students (age 4 up) for a fun introduction in to martial arts. Mini Masters is held on Thursdays at 4pm until 4:30pm at Tasley Village Hall.
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