Long Service Award – Clinton Gillett (martial arts) – Active Waveney Sports Awards 2015


Active Waveney Sports Awards 2015

Eight trophies were presented at the 18th annual Active Waveney Sports Awards held at Rookery Park Golf Club, in Carlton Colville and Clinton Gillett was delighted to be amongst those receiving an award.

Leading sportsmen and sportswomen, clubs and volunteers were all singled out at the event, organised by Waveney District Council and supported by Sentinel Leisure Trust, the Active Waveney Sports Partnership, Waveney Sportsability and The Journal.

Giving the opening speech, Lowestoft mayor Stephen Ardley said: “Once again this was another difficult year for the judging panel, with a number of very worthy entries.  “Congratulations to all of our winners this evening. It’s important not to forget the huge numbers of coaches, teachers and parents who make successes like these possible.”

The presentation of awards was made by Lowestoft Rising change manager Phil Aves, with the trophies handed out by Mr Ardley and fellow judges Michael Ladd, Waveney district councillor, John Pawsey, from the Active Waveney Sports Partnership, and Waveney Sportsability chairman Rachel Baylis.

The winners will all be automatically entered into the Suffolk Sport Awards later this year.  Mr Aves said: “I just think when we hear about the talent we have got here in Waveney, and the success that these winners are having, it is amazing.  “The awards have shown appreciation for these successes, highlighting how they have done a great job in these sports.


Long Service Award – Clinton Gillett (martial arts)

Clinton’s passion for sporting activity started as a result of his Perthes Disease, which meant that from the age of four until he was about eight he could not walk and was in callipers, plaster casts and a wheelchair.

Despite this start, he achieved his first black belt in Karate aged 16 and won several national trophies, also representing his school in rugby, football, badminton and cricket.

He won a silver medal in the 2000 World Taekwondo Championships held in Italy and continues to participate as a veteran recently winning Gold and Bronze at the UITF British Open. 

He has just gained his 5th Degree and to date has brought up 31 black belts, 2 of which now run Beccles Taekwondo Club.

Clinton has been training and competing for 31 years alongside running a hugely successful community club at Bungay High School for the last 12 years.

Clinton took along Liam and Christian Everett to do a demonstration at the presentation which organisers and spectators said was the best they have had in the 18 years of the awards, it was great to see that press coverage in all the local papers focused on photos of the display which included; patterns, destruction, sparring and self-defence.

3rd Quarter Grading Sunday 4th October 2015


3rd Quarter Taekwondo Grading

Sunday 4th October 2015

at the Bungay High School Gym, 9.45am for a 10am start!

Please make sure you keep that date free!

Now’s the time to start training hard, learn your Korean and
please attend as many classes as you can before the grading.

Fantastic Results from the Unified ITF World Championships


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!

For more info and photos visit:


‘Harry bringing a special guest to training but he has it in for Mr Gillett’

'Harry bringing a special guest to training but he has it in for Mr Gillett'

‘Harry bringing a special guest to training but he has it in for Mr Gillett’

Bungay Taekwon-do Grading Success June 2015

Bungay Taekwondo Grading Success June 2015

Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo Students took part in their 2nd belt 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”.

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 Clinton Gillett V Degree Instructor

Mr and Mrs Bedingfield II Degree Instructors


Bungay Taekwondo UITF British Open Medallists 2015

UITF British medallists 2015

Well done to all the Bungay Taekwondo competitors who took part in last weekends UITF British Open.

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.

Stunning Medals!

Jason Drake silver medals for patterns and sparring

Christian’s Taekwon-do Birthday Cake

Christian taekwondo cake

Thanks to Christian Everett who brought in some lovely birthday cake for everyone in the club, and to Liam for helping give it all out on Thursday night.

We have new Master in the GTUK


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.

2nd Quarter Grading Sunday 14th June 2015


2nd Quarter Grading Sunday 14th June 2015

at the Bungay High School Gym, 9.45am for a 10am start!

Please make sure you keep that date free!

Now’s the time to start training hard, learn your Korean
and please attend as many classes as you can before the grading.

New Bungay Black Belts!


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.


There are also 3 brand new black belts in our midst having successfully completed their gruelling 7 hour examination in Coventry in the same weekend.  Richard Baylis (aged 57), and his son Casper Baylis (aged 16) took their examination together and both passed with flying colours. (Meaning that there are 4 black belts in the Baylis family now!) Oli Watts (aged 14) also gained the coveted black belt after a fabulous performance.


All have trained hard at Bungay High School for the last three and a half years, moving steadily up through the grades and demonstrating great commitment, dedication and determination.  The grading involves performing several patterns, sparring routines, free sparring, Korean theory and destruction as well as submitting a thesis to senior black belts, proving that it is not just a physical test but also a positive mental attitude and an art.

Bungay trains on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Hall 1 from 7pm and new students are most welcome to come along and try this rewarding martial art, Students at the school can also train for free on a Wednesday from 4-5pm.


A BIG Congratulations to Mr Gillett on becoming a 5th Degree!

GrandMaster-O-IX-Mr-King-VI-Mr-Gillett-VMr King VI, Grandmaster Oldham IX, Mr Clinton Gillett V

From all at Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo Clubs 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.



Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo Clubs Grading Photo March 2015

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Well done to all Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo students who graded at the weekend.

100% pass!

Spring Grading Success.

Forty students from Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo clubs gathered at Bungay High School at the weekend to complete a 4 hour grading examination watched over by Steve King 6th Degree and Clinton Gillett 4th Degree and standards were very high.

Patterns, techniques, sparring, self-defence and destruction had to be demonstrated by each student as appropriate and this was then rounded off with Korean Theory questions.

Nerves were very evident but everyone performed well in the end in order to be awarded their next belt grading and Steve King said “the quality of instruction by Sue and Nidge Bedingfield has meant that Beccles students have made fabulous progress, Clinton Gillett and Martin Sloan have demonstrated great consistency with their teaching to enable all Bungay students to meet and indeed surpass their own standards”  The clubs have a week off over Easter and then will be actively recruiting for new members to start this family friendly martial art so please contact Clinton on 07970664965 or Sue on 01986 895204.

Medals Galore for Waveney Taekwondo Clubs


Fourteen students from Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo Clubs travelled 160 miles to Coventry at the weekend to compete in this year’s GTUK National Championships and came away with a medal haul to be proud of.

Over 800 students from all over the UK gathered at the Sky Blues Connection to compete against one another in sparring, patterns and destruction following on from regional tournaments held earlier in the year.

Jed Baddour (aged 8) came second in the Pee-wee special destruction technique whilst Jadyn Howgate (aged 6) got through a couple of rounds in his sparring category before being defeated by the eventual winner so they were both unlucky to leave without medals.

Other Bungay students were more fortunate with Jade Howgate (aged 31) winning bronze for sparring and patterns in her first ever competition, whilst Taylor Perkins, Lucy Thurbon (both aged 13) and Liam Everett (aged 14) won double silvers in their categories. Tegan Brown won an excellent gold for her superb patterns and a well-deserved bronze for her sparring. Christian Everett (aged 11) and Club instructor Clinton Gillett (aged 43) topped the tables with both winning gold medals for sparring and patterns in their categories.


Beccles student Gary Wheeler was a super sport but narrowly missed out on a medal whilst his team mate Jason Drake gained a bronze for sparring. Barbara Mazza achieved great golds for patterns and destruction alongside silver for sparring.

The final medal haul was 18 medals won which is testament to the high quality of taekwondo in the area. If you want to come along and try this superb martial art for competition or just to get fit or learn self-defence then please check out the club websites www.bungay-taekwondo.co.uk or www.beccles-Taekwondo.co.uk we always welcome everyone in this family friendly sport.


1st Quarter Grading Sunday 22nd March 2015


1st Quarter Grading

Sunday 22nd March 2015

at the Bungay High School Gym

Be there 9.45am for a 10am start.

GTUK Championships 7th March 2015

GTUK Championships

Please find attached information regarding the forthcoming

GTUK championships on 7th March 2015  

Registration will open at 8:30 am, and there will be refreshments available during the day. Can you please arrive as early as possible with your students to ensure the day will run as smoothly as possible? The GTUK Scotland & England Squad coaches will again be on the lookout for new talent and inviting students to join the appropriate Squad.

We have again organised an After Champs Party, which will be held in the Warwick Suite at the Sports Connexion. There will be a disco all evening and a buffet will be served.

Advanced tickets are available for £5 each when reserved with your instructors.

All dates on the paperwork are aimed at students; therefore gives a cut-off date of 1st March 2015 to allow Instructors time to process the entries, and party ticket requests.

Entry fees are:

  • Coloured Belt Adults £20.00
  • Coloured Belt Junior & Peewee £15.00
  • Black Belt Adults – £20.00
  • Black Belt Junior & Peewee £15.00
  • Spectators £5.00 on the day through Spectators entrance.
  • Under 11yrs old free’ when accompanied by an adult

Click images for information and entry forms

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Congratulations to Bungay Taekwondo students who attended the Northamptonshire Inter Club Tournament on 15th Feb 2015


Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo competitors before the competition

Congratulations to Bungay Taekwondo students who attended the Northamptonshire Inter Club Tournament on 15th Feb 2015

A much smaller contingent of Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo students than usual travelled the 100 miles to Northampton in order to compete in this year’s inter-club competition.  Many of the usual stalwarts were on holiday or unavailable due to prior commitments but those that did attend achieved great success.

From Bungay High School Christian Everett (year 7) and Liam Everett (year 9) represented the club superbly with Liam getting 2 silver medals for sparring and patterns in his age and belt category whilst his brother Christian gained bronze for patterns and brilliant gold for sparring in his division.  He was also praised by all the black belts for his level of technical ability and self-control whilst fighting some slightly smaller boys in his category.  Mr Baddour’s son Jed, who trains in the Wednesday after school club also did really well to win gold for patterns and bronze for sparring in the Pee-wees (under 12s).

From Beccles Barbara Mazza won silver for sparring and a great gold for patterns with the same results for Jason Drake whilst Gary Wheeler got silver for patterns and a fabulous gold for all coloured belt veterans destruction. Bella Gibson competed well but just missed out on a medal place.

Mr Gillett finished of the medal haul by winning gold in sparring and silver for patterns in the Veteran black belt males.  With all the medals won we came 4th in the area, only beaten by much bigger towns such as Wellingborough and Northampton which was a great if somewhat surprising achievement with our diminished team!

Students are getting ready for the British GTUK Championships at the moment but it is still possible to come along and train, just contact the clubs for further details www.bungay-taekwondo.co.uk or www.beccles-taekwondo.co.uk


Winter Grading and Taekwondo Seminar

Taekwondo seminar

Winter Grading and Taekwondo Seminar

Students from Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo Clubs gathered for a winter grading and Taekwondo seminar hosted at Bungay High School where 50 students took their next examination in order to move up to the next belt in this Olympic martial art. 

Seven students passed their provisional black belt meaning they can now get ready to take the full black belt examination in May, whilst all students demonstrated great enthusiasm and endurance during the four hour seminar where a range of techniques, patterns, self-defence, sparring and destruction were all tested alongside Korean terminology.

Mr Steve King (Sixth Degree) said that standards were excellent and they were all a credit to the region and their instructors whilst Mr Darren Twelvetree (Fourth Degree) commentated on how eager students were to listen and respond to advice and guidance.

It is now a perfect time to start getting fit following on from the excesses of Christmas and the sport of Taekwondo is an excellent and fun way of losing weight, gaining fitness and suppleness as well as developing self-confidence alongside real self defence capabilities.

Taekwondo seminar

Both clubs are family orientated with many parents training alongside their children in order to gain new skills and a sense of wellbeing.

Please find further details on:

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Instructors Mr Nidge Bedingfield II & Mrs Susie Bedingfield II


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Instructor Mr Clinton Gillett IV

















Northants Interclub Tournament 15th February 2015

Northants Interclub Tournament

on Sunday 15th February 2015

All Ages and Belts Categories

Patterns, Sparring and Destruction

Venue: Thomas Beckett School, Northampton

Time: 9am set up, 9.45am competitors arrival. 

Prices: £8 competitors, £3 spectators (under 4s free)

This is a great entry level tournament, with a friendly family atmosphere,

not as big as the Nationals, but still great competition, very well run and good fun.

So try to make it if you can!

Merry Christmas from GMO


Grand Master Oldham IX Wishing everyone a happy Christmas and a healthy new year enjoy the holidays, and I’m looking forward to seeing you in 2015!

Grand Master Oldham IX

4th Quarter Seminar/ Grading/ Presentation/ Party


4th Quarter Seminar/Grading/Presentation/Party

The last grading this year is on Saturday 13th December 2014

at the Bungay High School Gym

Be there 1.45pm for a 2pm start.

Party follows after seminar approx 5.30pm in the High School Hall 1.
(Parents and Guardians are also welcome)


Medal Winners: GTUK British Championships October 2014


Well done to all Bungay‬ Taekwondo‬ students who entered the 2014 GTUK British Nationals in Coventry

Medal winners:

Amber Swanston (aged 6) Silver Patterns

Christian Everett (aged 11) Bronze Sparring

Lucy Thurbon (aged 12) Gold Sparring and Bronze Patterns

Buster Aspinall (aged 14) Bronze Patterns

Lewis Fuller (aged 16) Gold Sparring and Silver Patterns

Amanda Burden (aged 40) Silver Patterns and Bronze Sparring

Jake Swanston (aged 11) came 4th in a massive patterns division,
while Tegan Brown, Liam Everett, Adam Fuller, Jenna Akerman,
Jacob and Ben Burden 
all competed superbly but did not get onto the medals table at this event.

Lucy Thurbon

Lucy Thurbon in action

Bungay Taekwondo Autumn Grading 5th October 2014

An excellent turnout of students for the autumn grading

of the Martial Art Taekwondo.

Bungay martial art Taekwondo

Sunday 5th October 2014

Successful students pictured after the 3 hour Taekwondo grading session with their instructors Mr Clinton Gillett 4th Degree (Bungay), Mrs Susie Bedingfield 2nd Degree (Beccles), Mr Nidge Bedingfield 2nd Degree (Beccles), Mr Martin Sloan 2nd Degree (Bungay) and GTUK examiner Mr Steve King 6th Degree from Wellingborough.

Well done everyone!

Members will now be concentrating on their training for the British National Tournament which takes place on the 25th October in Coventry, where they will be competing for medals against Taekwondo students from all over the UK, in sparring, patterns and destruction!

Training takes place all year with the next grading set just before Christmas. So if anyone wants to have a go at this family friendly martial art in order to improve fitness, build confidence or compete in tournaments, then visit the club websites www.bungay-taekwondo.co.uk or www.beccles-taekwondo.co.uk for more details.

GTUK Taekwondo Championships 2014

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Competition Time!

GTUK Championships – Sat 25th October 2014

Ryton on Dunsmore near Coventry

All ages and belt ranks, including white belts.

We need to know who is interested in going as soon as we can.

The competition is for Patterns, Sparring all belts, and Destruction for adult green belts and above.

These are brilliant tournaments, National status with big medals!

A great experience to see what your Taekwondo is really all about, and the chance to meet some great people and senior instructors, including Grand Master Oldham.

Also a chance to see the black belts in action!

Please click below to see full details:



GTUK Championships Information Oct 2014

GTUK 2014 Champs Entry Form


Global Taekwon-do United Kingdom, Unified ITF, Taekwon-do International, British Taekwon-do Council


Bungay Taekwondo Grading date confirmed as October 5th 2014


It’s time to start working hard on those patterns and techniques for your next grading,
and don’t forget your Korean!

3rd Quarter Grading
5th Oct 2014 – Bungay High School Sports Hall
9.45am for 10.00am start!

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Bungay & Beccles Taekwondo Clubs Summer Grading 29th June 2014

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Another excellent grading for the GTUK East Taekwondo Clubs, students pictured here with their instructors Mr Clinton Gillett 4th Degree (Bungay), Mrs Susie Bedingfield 2nd Degree (Beccles), Mr Nidge Bedingfield 2nd Degree (Beccles), and GTUK examiner Mr Steve King 6th Degree from Wellingborough.

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Top Sports Civic Honour For Mr Gillett


A Bungay Black Belt was honoured at the Mayor of Bungays Civic presentation evening recently for services and success in sport.  Clinton Gillett (Assistant Headteacher) was presented with the Bezant Cup as the Towns Sports Personality of the year. 

Mayor Judy Cloke who presented the awards said it was lucky for Bungay that former world silver medallist Clinton Gillett was appointed as Head of Technology at the High School and set up a club for members of the community in the Olympic martial art of Taekwondo.

“In the 11 years that he has been running the club over 20 students have achieved a black belt and 2 of those (Susan and Nigel Bedingfield) have opened a club in Beccles. There have been many British Champions and hundreds of members but perhaps the greatest achievement of this modest man has been the number of students with special educational needs who have enjoyed the sport and gained success,” she said. “One of these an Autistic Spectrum youngster has gained a black belt.”

Clinton thanked his wife Michaela who is treasurer of the club and his assistant instructor Martin Sloan for helping keep the club running and said he was delighted to receive the award which is testament to the talent and enthusiasm of students in the area.

“I am enormously proud of the club and love supporting the students many of which do not excel in team sports but do really well in both local and national tournaments, indeed several members of the school train with the current national squad.”

The awards were presented at a sit down dinner with Peter Aldous MP and all the other Mayors of the region as well as Bungay Town Reeve and came as a surprise to Clinton as he had no idea that they had been even nominated for the town awards.


Well done to all Bungay Taekwondo Students who took part in the March 2014 Grading


A very large number of Bungay and Beccles students successfully graded under the watchful eye of Mr King VI.

“Mr Gillett, looks like we will need a larger hall for the June grading!”

GTUK onwards and upwards!

Bungay Success at the GTUK British Individual Championships

Bungay Taekwondo

Well done to Bungay Taekwondo students who competed at the British Championships on Saturday 8th March 2014 at Ryton Nr Coventry.

Medal Winners were:

Lucy Thurbon (aged 12) Gold Peewee Patterns

Amanda Burden (aged 39) Adult Coloured belt Ladies Silver Patterns, Silver Sparring

Liam Everett (aged 13) Junior Coloured belt Bronze Patterns

Mr Clinton Gillett, Veteran Black Belt Males 3-4th Degree Silver Sparring

A few photos below, many courtesy Mr Graham Wells Official GTUK England Squad photographer.







Many other photos can be seen and purchased from DE Photo.

Good luck to Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo Students taking part in The British Championships

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Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo Clubs will be sending students to compete at the GTUK British Individual Championships held at Ryton-on-Dunsmore near Coventry on Saturday 8th March 2014.

For many this will be their first tournament, and a big step in developing their Taekwondo skills.

We wish them all the very best of luck.

Win or lose, always remember the tenets of Taekwondo:

Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit


A BIG WELL DONE to all who competed at the Wellingborough Interclub Tournament 2014


BIG WELL DONE to all who competed at the Wellingborough Interclub Tournament on Sunday 23rd Feb 2014.


Bungay and Beccles represented the East and came 3rd overall in a competition that had 9 other clubs taking part.

East Anglia Interclub Success

Fifteen students of all ages travelled to Wellingborough in Northamptonshire to compete in this year’s East Anglia Interclub tournament and came away with a superb haul of 18 medals, 3 trophies and a creditable 3rd place.  The students from Beccles and Bungay Taekwondo clubs had the furthest to travel and the longest day but fought against stiff opposition in order to reach the podium.

Gold medals were won by Lucy Thurbon (aged 12) and Amanda Burden (who also won a silver for patterns and the best adult female competitor award), Lucy also gained a bronze for her sparring after bravely fighting on with a split lip.  Adam Fuller (aged 11) won silver for patterns and bronze for sparring whilst his brother Lewis (aged 15) won silver for patterns.  Jacob Burden gained silver for patterns and bronze for sparring whilst his brother Ben narrowly missed out on a medal in a huge Peewee division.  Danny Hammond won silver for sparring, Karl Swanston won silver for patterns and bronze for sparring whilst also gaining the best adult male competitor award, unfortunately his son Jake finished 4th in both sparring and patterns after coming up against larger competitors and narrow decisions. Liam Howes  (aged 12) fought bravely to win a silver for sparring in his 1st ever competition.  Jason Drake achieved a superb silver for sparring in an all coloured belts adult category in which he was the lowest grade whilst also getting bronze for patterns.  Henry Howe (aged 15) was rewarded for his artistic patterns with a great silver medal, and battled hard to win a bronze for his sparring, this also earned him the award for best junior male competitor of the day.

In the black belt section Jenna Akerman (aged 17) won bronze for patterns and Saskia Baylis (also 17) got bronze for sparring in the tough adult female category which rounded off a very busy day.

Clinton Gillett the area international instructor said “all competitors from the region did themselves proud as just having the guts and determination to stand up in competition and fight opponents as well as nerves deserves respect and admiration, only 10% of club members nationally compete so just taking part is a credit to themselves”.

Students are now gearing up for the British Championships and the next grading but there is always room for new beginners so if you want to come along to either Bungay or Beccles club you will be made very welcome in our family friendly classes and you can find details on our websites www.bungay-taekwondo.co.uk or www.beccles-taekwondo.co.uk


The next tournament is the Big One the GTUK British Nationals 8th March at Ryton Nr Coventry. 

Any one wishing to enter needs to get an entry form filled in by the end of next weekend.

See the web site for Details of the upcoming British Champs 8th March 2014

Details of the upcoming British Champs 8th March 2014

10 August 2009

Sat 8th March 2014
British Individual Championships 2014” & After Champs Party!
8:30am registration – see link for fees

British Indivdual Champs + Demo + After Party

Individual Colour & Black Belt Championships
“Pee-wee, Junior, Adult”

Venue: Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton on Dunsmore

For those who want a taster of a big tournament, and there are none better run than those by the GTUK, another chance to compete in patterns and sparring, always in your own belt categories, age groups, and weight for adults. Great medals for 1st 2nd and 3rd.

Transport to be decided nearer the time for this one based on numbers going.

If you are interested in going, please let us know as soon as possible, you have to be registered before the tournament.

Parents and guardians welcome as supporters.

More info here – click links to load pdf files:




Last grading of the year with 100% pass rate, awards and after party!


Well done to all Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo students who graded on Sat Dec 14th 2013, the last grading of the year. Examiner Mr Steve King VI, was very pleased with the progress of those who graded.

The grading was then followed by the annual after party, where students and families of both clubs enjoyed a hog roast and cakes along with presentations and awards.

A big thank you Barbara Mazza from the Beccles club for supplying this lovely cake too, showing members from the previous grading:


Well done to Bungay’s Newest and Youngest Black Belt


Well done to 9 year old Ben Jordan, Bungay’s newest and youngest Black Belt, achieved after 4 yrs of hard training.

Also well done to Callum Read on gaining his Junior Black Belt 1st Star.

Their grading took place on Saturday 30th November at Ryton on Dunsmore near Coventry.

Bungay Taekwondo Grading News


Our last grading of the year is confirmed as follows:

Sat 14th December!
Bungay High School Main Hall
2.30pm for 3pm start

Followed by after party and presentations at 5.30pm(ish) – families invited!

So keep working on your Korean!


Grand Master Oldham’s Technical Seminar 2013

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Grand Master Oldham’s Technical Seminar 2013, held at Ryton, Coventry.

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Well done to all who took part in the GTUK Championships on Sat 26th October 2013, held at Coventry.


Medal winners, and New British Champions!

Well done to all Bungay students who took part in the GTUK Championships.

Colour Belts
Buster Aspinall (12) Gold sparring
Eleanor Kay (15) Gold patterns
Kirsten Mills (16) Silver Patterns

Black Belts
Callum Read (12) Gold Sparring and Bronze patterns
Mr Gillett Gold patterns and Silver sparring

Other Bungay competitors competed well and just missed out on the medals, but will be determined to come back stronger next year.

Many photos available at:


Buster Callum Clint

Eleanor Kirsten

Eleanor sparring photo courtesy Mr Graham Wells

Eleanor and Kirsten sparringphoto courtesy Mr Graham Wells

clintphoto courtesy Mr Graham Wells

Callum sparringphoto courtesy Mr Graham Wells


Another Excellent Grading for Bungay & Beccles Taekwondo students: October 2013

 Well done to all Bungay and Beccles students who passed their belt grading at Bungay High School on Sunday 6th October 2013.


Bungay & Beccles GTUK Taekwondo Students took part in their Autumn grading at Bungay High School on Sunday 6th October 2013 – All students were graded on their individual belt syllabus, which includes, patterns, techniques, step sparring, self defence, semi contact sparring, destruction, and a test of their knowledge in both English and Korean.

GTUK Examiner Mr Clinton Gillett IV degree was very pleased with the progress of all students, and said that the standards were high.

“Another 100% pass rate was achieved, with many being mums and dads successfully grading alongside their children!”

Now is a great time to start this family orientated sport, giving new members time to learn the 1st belt syllabus in time for the December grading. It takes 4 years to learn the full syllabus to become a 1st Degree Black Belt student.

Both clubs welcome students from the age of 6, there is no upper age limit!
Clinton Gillett Tel: 01986 892140  Mob: 07970 664965
Bungay train at Bungay High School on Tuesday 7 – 8 pm
Wednesday 4-5 (high school students only)
and Thursday 7 -8.30pm.
Susan and Nigel Bedingfield Tel: 01986 895204
Beccles train at Beccles Sports Centre on
Monday and Thursday 7 – 8.30pm.


GTUK Championships, 26th Oct 2013

Information for GTUK 2013 Championships


Date & Time
Saturday 26th Oct 2013, registration starts at 8:30am.
Could you please meet your Instructors outside the venue; they will then escort the competitors into the Main hall. Spectators are free to pay and enter through the spectators door as and when.

Entry fees are:

  • Coloured Belt Adults £20.00
  • Coloured Belt Junior & Peewee £15.00
  • Black Belt Adults – £20.00
  • Black Belt Junior & Peewee £15.00
  • Black Belt Tag Team Event £15.00
  • Spectators £5.00 on the day through Spectators entrance.
  • Under 11yrs old free’ when accompanied by an adult

The competition is being held in the external hall at: Sports Connexion, Leamington Road, Ryton-On-Dunsmore, CV8 3FL A route map is attached separately for those who require it.

Equipment & Dress code
All students are recommended to travel in casual clothes, please wear any club or GTUK merchandise if you have it. There are facilities there for all students to change into their Doboks when they arrive. Please don’t forget your belt! All boys are required to wear groin guards, and we suggest that any long hair is tied up and pulled back off the students face. If you have your own sparring gear please ensure you have it with you. We would politely ask any students that do have their own sparring gear, if they would mind sharing with any new starters that do not. Any jewellery should be removed, or covered with plasters if it really cannot be taken out; please be advised though any jewellery worn is completely at your own risk.

Format of the day
Students will register as a club, and will be taken through to the main hall, where they can rejoin their parents/guardians, we would recommend they then get changed and then use any spare time to warm up and practice. Grand Master Oldham and the senior grades will open the tournament at aprox. 9:30. There will be a holding area where all competitors will remain until their category is ready to commence. Students will be called and will bow to the judges. In the patterns category they will be asked which pattern they will be doing, and they will then perform that pattern against their opponent, judges will signal which competitor is successful at the end. This will continue through to the final. Similarly for sparring, students will be called up, and will bow in and then students will compete to see who achieves the most points during the time.
Medals will be presented during a number of ceremonies throughout the day.

Tag Team Event
The Black Belt tag team event will take place as a demonstration event. The event will consist of a 4 minute sparring point stop session where the team members can tag in and out of the bout, after a point has been scored or the sparring has been stopped for any other reason. Teams can register on the day at the registration desk at a cost of £15 per team.

Any parents wishing to take photographs or video need to sign a form when they arrive into the building, you will ordinarily be issued with a sticker to show this has been completed. There will also be a 3rd party professional photographer onsite, who will be taking photographs during the day. If students’ photos are taken you can purchase these to take away on the day.

We recommend that you take a pack up with you and some entertainment for young children. There is however a cafeteria which sells hot and cold drinks, crisps, bacon and sausage sandwiches for you during the day should you need it.

After Party
Everyone is welcome to come to the Heroes & Villains Theme After Champs Party at the Sports Connexion. Tickets are on sale at £5 per person on the day from the merchandise stand, or can be reserved via your Instructors before 19th October for £3 per ticket. The party starts at 7pm, and a buffet will be served at 8pm. The disco and bar will continue till late.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your Instructors on the day. We would like to wish you all the very best of luck and hope you enjoy your day, and also take this opportunity to thank you for your support!

Click here for entry form, fill out and give to your instructor. Entry Form


GTUK England Squad Hong Kong Report 2013

Mr Darren Twelvetree Will Dewey and John Bowman The GTUK was again invited to the Hong Kong Cyber Port by Mister Nelson Chew of the GCITF. This year a small select few we’re able to attend this event. Mr Darren Twelvetree, Will Dewey and John Bowman-Yard. Their travels are well documented in pictures on Facebook and in the following report. HK Group Shot 3 See full report here Watch YouTube videos below.

Thank you to all those who came and supported us at the Beccles Carnival 2013


Thank you to all those who came and  supported us at the Beccles Carnival 2013

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