As the grading approaches…

As the grading approaches, do you feel confident and able? 

You should! 

You will have worked on your fitness, stamina and concentration skills. 

You will have trained regularly, shown commitment and drive. 

You will have a goal in mind for the short and long term. 

You will have overcome nerves to deal with an aspect you feel unsure of or less confident with.

You will have practiced your patterns time after time, perfecting the moves and learning to understand what they are used for in a real life situation. 

You will have developed sparring techniques and the ability to adapt your style depending on your partner. 

You will show self control and physical confidence when demonstrating self defence and defensive drills techniques. 

You will have worked hard to learn and use the correct, precise parts of the hands and feet for each technique. 

You will have learnt Korean history, terminology, pattern meanings and the symbolism behind Tae Kwon-Do colours to stretch the mind and challenge yourself. 

You will have accepted guidance, constructive criticism and probably had some form of setback or disappointment. 

You will have helped, encouraged and inspired your friends in the club. 

The grading is just the next step in a long and enjoyable journey. 

Smash it, and enjoy it! 

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GTI NW Open ResultsĀ 

Yesterday saw the second GTI North West Open, held in Liverpool, and five of our students competed. Jack led the way with a commendable patterns score of 13, only one point away from the medal winners. Disappointing for Jack but progress nonetheless and hopefully a source of motivation for next time! Jack’s sparring also showed good progress but lots of punches from his opponent drew Jack into a close boxing-style fight. Jack will continue to work on tactics in his training to feel confident in how to escape from the punch-heavy fights – finding space and leading with the legs. 

Harry hasn’t competed for a while but showed good spirit with an explosive pattern that scored 16. The gold medal winner scored 18 so you can see Harry wasn’t far off! In his sparring Harry was also in a punch-dominated fight with his opponent warned to stop using swinging punches. Harry showed experience and tactics by using a lovely retreating side kick. Harry also showed a very technical fight with excellent use of kicks. 

Well done to Jack and Harry – you fought fairly, and are truly coming on in leaps and bounds. Keep it up! Everyone experiences disappointments along the way but if you decide to, you can turn them into a positive šŸ˜Š

On to the adults (or almost adults!), who spent the majority of the day time keeping, scribing and umpiring. Jake and Aubrey chose not to compete in patterns and Dave, having had little chance to prepare on the day, rushed on to the ring after trying to find a missing competitor. He has a kind heart but next time he assures me he will focus on number 1! 

Jake sparred first in the black belt category. He won his first fight and made it look effortless – but Jake used the appropriate speed and techniques to win the fight without using all his energy. The second fight, against another GTI Squad member, was 2 minutes long, 1 minute rest and another 2 minute round. An excellent display from both competitors and a very well deserved gold medal for Jake! 

On to the men’s veterans category. Dave, with a significant height disadvantage, was certainly no underdog and came away with another gold medal for his collection. Aubrey was a close second taking silver in the Bridgnorth TKD v Bridgnorth TKD final! A lovely position to be in, but who are you supposed to root for?! Both showed excellent tenacity, grit and determination and both tried to lead with their feet.

Well done to all of you, your results speak volumes of Mr Plant’s tuition. Back to base tonight with lessons learnt and more work to be done. 

Bridgnorth gains a new 3rd DanĀ 

Having trained at Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do for fifteen years, Chris Murr has been promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt. Dedicated, loyal, humble; Chris is a qualified umpire, instructor and has a 1st class engineering degree to boot! Dependable, reliable and unassuming – it’s easy to forget he is only 22 years old. On a personal note Gary and I don’t ask for help without a fight but Chris stepped in and helped us without question at a time we needed him the most. Congratulations Mr Christopher Murr, 3rd Dan!

GTI English Open, January 2017Ā 

We’ve started 2017 as we mean to go on!
Aaron has been an absolute superstar today and not only won bronze for patterns in a category of 9 kids, he also went on to win GOLD for sparring! This is only Aaron’s second competition and he won all three of his fights with skill and by responding to coaching and feedback.Meanwhile the adults faced their own challenges, with Rob returning to competitive TKD after an 18 month break; red belt Dave fighting against 2nd and 5th Dan students; and Aubrey making his competitive debut – in the black belt veterans category. Their tenacity and hard work back at base camp at Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do has paid off with bronze for Rob, bronze for Aub and silver for Dave! Dave also matched this with another silver medal from the patterns category, beating his nerves to perform a strong pattern.

Jack L competed well and is developing nicely although wasn’t able to bring a medal home today. He was very supportive of his team mates, as was Jack M. Although we know he is capable, Jack M decided not to compete today but to observe and perhaps take part in the future. We always say these medals are hard earned and this is proof in itself! The pressure on yourself, the nerves, the watchful eye of spectators and officials…it’s not a piece of cake by any means! Jack has gained momentum with his training in the last 12 months since he started and there’s plenty of time to develop in whichever route he chooses to take. 

A massive congratulations to everybody and a huge thank you for being a credit to Bridgnorth TKD! 

Autumn update

Just realise I haven’t ‘blogged’ in a while but we have enough news to make up for it! I also have a good excuse as we’ve been so busy! 

In the last two months Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do has gained:

– a 2nd Dan

– silver and bronze medals from the UTIW Welsh Open

– 5 trained umpires

– 4 gold and 4 bronze medals from the GTI British Championship 2016. 

Firstly on October 9th Dean Lewis was promoted to 2nd Dan after unanimously impressing the grading panel at the Black Belt Grading at Master Sewell’s Academy in Derby. The grading day was the culmination of many, many hours training and revision. Dean sailed through! 

Meanwhile on the same day David Rowley travelled to Cardiff to compete at the UTIW Welsh Open. The only student from GTI to do so, Dave had a tough challenge without the support of team mates or coaches. This clearly wasn’t an issue though as Dave fought tough, heavy international competitors and came away with both a silver and a bronze. Talk about indomitable spirit! 

At the end of October, Mr Plant hosted an Umpires Course for our club members and this was supported by Chris Murr, Dan Murr, Aubrey Round, Jake Round and Tammy Lewis. The group said they found the course useful and insightful. Chris and Dan put their training straight into practice at the GTI British Championship on November 6th. 

This was a massively successful day for Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do, with a huge haul of medals won! Aaron, competing for the first time, won his first ever fight with a score of 5-4. He was confident and followed his techniques up to great effect. He won bronze for point-stop sparring. Jack has competed before but only in the patterns category. He also performed well in his sparring debut, especially as the first real ‘hit’ during sparring always comes as a bit of a shock! Jack was awarded a well deserved bronze and we hope he will compete again to build upon this experience. 

Harry was unlucky and disappointed not to place in patterns or sparring, especially after showing a good pattern and improving his stances significantly. Keep training hard Harry and the medals will come! For now, the experience is making you a much better student! Perseverance. 

Dylan is a novice sparrer at competition level but he also managed to win a bronze, showing much improvement in balance, guards and height of kicks. As usual he was cool as a cucumber! 

On to the adults and both Dave Rowley and Tammy Lewis bagged medals for patterns. A patterns medal is always hard earned because it takes technical ability, precision, control, and at the same time lots of power! Dave won bronze and was extremely happy with his first GTI patterns medal. Tammy performed a beautifully controlled Joong-Gun which won her a gold! 

On to the sparring and Tammy made it a double by winning gold again! Her husband Dean matched her success in the black belt veterans division with another gold, and Dave did the same in the colour belt veterans division. 

Luke had unfortunately sustained an injury but spent the day time-keeping and scribing. 

So injuries aside, pretty amazing! 

Thank you all for your loyalty and dedication to training. It is reaping serious rewards! 

Good as Gold

All eight (yes, eight!) of our gold-medal winning students have now been presented with their commemorative t-shirts and ladies vests.

After the last competition we were thinking of ways to reward gold medal winners, with an original, innovative idea that hasn’t been seen before (not by us anyway!)

We decided to present all of our gold medal winners with a ‘money can’t buy’ t-shirt featuring the Bridgnorth Tae Kwon-Do logo in gold embroidery. These aren’t for sale and never will be, but we will continue to have them made for any gold medal winners in the future.

Competitions aren’t for everyone and we never push anyone in to competing. However for those that do, and go on to win national gold medals, we need to emphasise the significance of this achievement! The t-shirts and vests do just that and have already motivated others to see if they can earn one!

Remember where you saw it first!

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