Bungay Taekwon-do Summer Training Dates
Note: Due to the main school being closed to everyone all holiday due to major building work, training will be at
the main hall at Bungay Sixth Form Centre, NR35 1JS
Thursday 28th July 7-8.30pm
Then away for 2 weeks, so restart;
Thursday 18th August 7-8.30pm
Thursday 25th August 7-8.30pm
Thursday 1st September 7-8.30pm
Back to normal in Bungay High School (Fingers crossed)
Tuesday 6th September 7-8pm
A Big Congratulations to all Bungay & Beccles Taekwondo Students who passed their summer Grading at Bungay High School on 26th June 2016
All students were graded on their individual belt syllabuses, which includes patterns, techniques, step sparring routines, 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.
Young Bungay student Jed Baddour was awarded and A Pass for his Red Tag belt grading.
Beccles student Dean Harding was awarded an A Pass for his provisional Black Belt grading and has now achieved the status of Black Tag, his next grading will be in Coventry in front the GTUK’s Grand Master Oldham IX degree and Master Auciello VII degree.
The summer is a great time to start this family orientated sport, giving new members time to learn their 1st belt syllabus in readiness for the October grading, it takes 3-4 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 details of our training times and venues this summer:
Mr and Mrs Bedingfield II Degree Instructors
Mr Clinton Gillett V Degree Instructor
Kicking Girl Taekwon-do T-shirts
2nd Quarter Grading 2016
Grading date confirmed as Sunday 26th June, Bungay High School gym, 9.45am for 10am start.
Well done to Bungay Taekwondo Students who performed brilliantly at the recent
GTUK British Individual Championships
held at Ryton on Dunsmore Nr Coventry
The Bungay club entered a squad of 10 competitors across all age categories and came back with a total of 13 medals between them, with 6 Gold and New British Champions!
This is a 300 mile round trip from Bungay, so this makes it even more exceptional to travel all that way and come back with such a great medal haul.
Bungay Taekwondo Competitors results:
Clinton Gillett (aged 44) Gold sparring, Gold patterns
Jayden Howgate (aged 7) Gold sparring, Gold patterns
Nicky Shave (aged 15) Gold sparring, Silver patterns
Bailey Aldrich (aged 10) Gold sparring
Jade Howgate (aged 32) Silver sparring, Silver patterns
Tegan Brown (aged 12) Silver sparring
Liam Everett (aged 15) Bronze sparring, Bronze patterns
Martin Sloan (aged 46) Bronze patterns
Colby Aldrich and Christian Everett competed bravely but narrowly missed out on the podium.
More photos can be viewed and purchased from the Tournament photographers De Photo:
British Individual Championships April 2016
Well done to all our Bungay Taekwondo students who attended the GTUK East 1st Quarter Grading held at Bungay 20th March.
As always the examination includes demonstrations of techniques including kicks, punches and blocks, patterns (sequences of moves), sparring, self-defence, power destruction and Korean technical language.
The Bungay and Beccles clubs are both centres for the local community with many parents training with their children. So if you would like to learn one of the Worlds best martial arts, come along to a free taster session which you can find further details on the clubs websites. The youngest students in the clubs are 5 years old and there is no upper age limit.
Then Come and Try Taekwon-do at Bungay Taekwon-do Club!
It’s never too late, we teach both the young and the not so young 🙂
GTUK Individual 2016 Championships
Saturday 2nd April 2016
Venue: Sports Connexion, Ryton on Dunsmore
Grand Master Oldham and the Tournament Committee are honoured to invite and welcome you to our GTUK 2016 Individual Championships. We are working hard to ensure that our tournaments are a memorable and enjoyable experience for both competitors and their families, bringing together members of the GTUK, young and old from all of our regions of the UK. Grand Master Oldham and the Tournament Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your competitor(s) for the continued support at the GTUK championships.
This individual championship 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 and belts to give everyone a fair chance to compete to become GTUK National Champions.
The venue has free parking and there will also be stands to purchase GTUK merchandise, photographs and refreshments on the day if desired.
Don’t miss this opportunity to take part!
Please complete the form below and return with fees to your Instructors by 26th March 2016.
Spectators pay on the day.
Entry Fees: Adults £20, Juniors £15, Spectators £5 – under 11s free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Please click link below for PDF file of tournament information and entry form.
Bungay Taekwondo Club decided to raise funds for this year’s fantastic Sport Relief by donating all their lesson fees to the worthy cause and having a bit of fun along the way.
One of the events that caused a big bang was the balloon burst where students competed to see who could pop their balloon in the least amount of strikes whilst it was taped to a kick shield. The winner was Instructors Assistant Richard Baylis who struck lucky with his very first round house kick and caused a massive pop for charity.
Clinton Gillett the club instructor and assistant Headteacher at Bungay High School where the club trains three times a week said “Taekwondo is world renown for its kicking techniques so this seemed like a really good way to develop accuracy and have a few laughs along the way, some students took 20 kicks to burst the slippery balloons but kept smiling all the way”
The Club raised over £100 from the weeks lessons which will go towards charities in the UK and abroad as part of this year’s headline fundraising event.
After 4 years of training and a gruelling 7 hour examination held in Coventry over the weekend Eleanor Kay (aged 17) from Bungay Taekwondo Club achieved a major life aim by passing her black belt.
Eleanor performed superbly in front of Grand Master Oldham and various other senior Dan grades in order to be awarded his highly coveted black belt. She had to perform patterns, demonstrate techniques, perform free sparring and set sparring techniques, answer theory questions and submit a written thesis all topped off by performing various power destruction techniques through wood which required a great deal of practice as well as excellent technique and focus?
By passing her grading it takes the black belt tally at the club to 31 since it opened in 2003 and Clinton Gillett said, “Eleanor smashed everything and demonstrated great determination and dedication, she is a humble and respectful student, but at the same time incredibly approachable and friendly to all other members of the club”.
The club always needs new recruits who want to get their black belt in this Olympic Martial Art so please pop along to Bungay High School on Tuesday or Thursday from 7pm or check out the website www.bungay-taekwondo.co.uk
The photos show Eleanor with other members of the club at a sparring session gearing up for the GTUK British Championships on 2nd April 2016.
Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo Clubs Winter Seminar Grading
Students from both Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo Clubs recently took part in their annual winter grading/seminar hosted at Bungay High School. A complete range of the belt grades took part, from white belt to black tag, and a few Black belts who joined the seminar.
The ages of the students taking part were from 5 upwards, all being tested on the progression of their Taekwondo skills and techniques including: punching, kicking, blocking, patterns, self-defence, sparring and some Korean terminology. The senior students also have to do destruction which is the breaking of plastic boards with specific hand and foot techniques.
GTUK Examiner Mr Steve King 6th Degree from Wellingborough was very impressed with the standards achieved by both clubs and issued 100% pass rate.
Training is now underway for the upcoming Regional and National tournaments in February and April, the next club gradings will be at the end of March.
Both clubs are always ready to welcome new students of all ages and abilities to come and try this great martial art, ideal for families to take part in, as many parents train alongside their children.
Bungay train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and a special class on Wednesday for Bungay High School students.
Beccles train on Mondays and Thursdays at the Beccles Sports Centre, but also teach during the Wednesday enrichments sessions at the Beccles Free School.
Tremendous Taekwondo Trio!
There are 3 new Black Belts for Bungay Taekwondo Club which trains in Hall 1 of the High School on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening and 2 of them attend Bungay High School as students as well.
Adam Fuller (Year 7) and Jacob Burden (Year 8) completed a gruelling 4 hour examination at the weekend in order to be awarded their Black belts in the Olympic Martial Art of Taekwondo. They had to perform 3 patterns, 3 lots of sparring and set sparring, special techniques and Korean theory as well as submit a 15 page thesis all in front of senior instructors in the GTUK including Grand Master Oldham and Master Aucello. Both boys performed superbly and said that it was an ‘emotional rollercoaster’ but also the best experience ever!
The 3rd student to achieve the coveted Dan grading was Jacobs Mum, Amanda Linford (aged 41), who has started training after watching her sons train and thought that she might as well have a go as well, after all she loved watching Bruce Lee films as a young girl. She had to do the same as the boys, but also smash 2” of wood with a side kick and 1” of wood with a palm strike and said that it was “an amazing, if slightly terrifying day as she never thought that she would be able to get a black belt!
Perhaps you would like to train towards getting your black belt so please check out the details on this website or contact the school for further details.
Bungay TKD Seminar Grading and Christmas Party
December 12th 2015
1.45pm for 2pm start. At Bungay High School Gym.
The Seminar held by Mr King VI Degree, will finish around 5pm followed by
our annual Party and Belt Presentations in Bungay High School Main Hall
Party Food note: Bungay Students providing savoury, Beccles Students to bring cakes/sweet.
February 7th 2016
Annual InterClub Tournament in Northampton
We are always looking for new members, so bring a friend for a free taster session 🙂
Bungay Taekwondo Club entered students into the
GTUK British Championships
held at Ryton near Coventry on Saturday 24th October 2015.
The successful medal winners were:
Bailey Aldrich Pee wee 10th – 7th Kup: Bronze sparring
Jayden Howgate Pee wee 6th – 4th Kup: Bronze patterns
Tegan Brown Pee wee 6th – 4th Kup: Silver patterns
Lucy Thurbon Junior girls 3rd – 1st Kup: Silver patterns, Silver sparring (dislocated shoulder!)
Liam Everett Junior male 3rd – 1st Kup: Silver sparring, Bronze patterns
Taking part in tournaments can be a daunting experience, but it is the only true way to evaluate your progress in Taekwondo, but most of all it shows the dedication to your training that is required to compete at a National level.
A Massive WELL DONE to you all.
More photos can be viewed and purchased from the Tournament photographers De Photo:
GTUK British Championships – 24/10/2015
See taster video below:
Thank you to Grand Master Oldham, Master Auciello and all the Seniors, Mrs A and everyone that contributed to the running of an excellent tournament.
Mr Gillett’s Father John Gillett (aged 72) completed his marathon walk (26.2 miles) on Tuesday accompanied by Michaela Gillett (aged 43) to raise money for the Stroke association and was thrilled that 2 members of Lowestoft Stroke group came out to meet him for lunch at the Shadingfield Fox.
He was also delighted that Jemma the Landlady would not let him or my wife Mickey pay for their lunch as they were doing this huge walk for a charity close to her heart.
Ray and Kate Oubridge greeted John and Mickey for dinner to offer support at mile 15 of the gruelling trek, which acted as the half way point having started from The Harbour Inn in Southwold at 8.30 am. The tenacious pair completed the walk at 5.30 pm when the reached The Artichoke in Broome making it one of the longest pub crawls ever!
John Gillett suffered a massive stroke in 2006 loosing mobility, speech and dexterity but glad not to have lost his life. He has walked his way back to fitness from a hospital bed and each year has done a walk to raise funds for the Stroke Association whom he is a key member of the Warwick and Leamington Spa branch.
He had set his sights on the marathon distance having supported his Son Clinton Gillett and Daughter in Law with their 10 marathons over the last few years.
Michaela wrote John a training programme, plotted the route and walked the distance in order to support and guide as John still has very limited feeling all down his right hand side. He has spent the last 6 months walking regularly in all weathers to train for the arduous distance.
So far he has raised nearly £2000 for the charity and aims to raise much more whilst he is still fit and able.
If you are able to contribute then please send cheques made payable to the Stroke Association to Clinton Gillett at Bungay High School.
UITF World Championships 2015
Unified ITF 2015 World Championships – Senior Black Belts
Unified ITF 2015 World Championships – Junior Black Belts
Unified ITF 2015 World Championships – Cadet Black Belts and Junior Colour Belts
Unified ITF 2015 World Championships – Senior Colour Belts
GTUK Championships October 24th 2015
You need to be registered via your instructors!
Click links below for entry forms and tournament information
The Great GTUK Bake Off
During the GTUK British Championships on 24th October 2015 the GTUK England Squad will be holding the first Great GTUK Bake Off! competition, open to all students and spectators.
To enter, you will need to bring your baked goods (cakes, biscuits, sweet pastries etc.) to the GTUK stall by 9:30am on the morning of the competition. We would like to be able to identify the baker, as there will be a prize for our Star Baker. You will also need to provide a description of the item and a list of ingredients. In the interest of safety we ask that you highlight any ingredients that are common allergens, including – although not exclusively nuts. We will assume that all entries contain gluten unless otherwise indicated.
During the day the Senior Blackbelts will taste test the entries and our Star Baker will be announced. There will also be the opportunity to buy the baked good throughout the day. All funds raised will used to support GTUK England Squad students, particularly linked to Argentina 2017.
Instructors, we would like you to promote this opportunity to any students who are attending the Championships
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact [email protected]
The Autumn assessment for Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo students took place at the weekend with 35 practitioners gathering the Sports Hall at Bungay High School to be put through their paces by International grading Examiner Mr Steve King (6th Degree) and they performed superbly.
The examination includes demonstrations of techniques including kicks, punches and blocks, patterns (which are sequences of moves choreographed together), sparring, self-defence, power destruction and Korean technical language. This certainly tests every element of student progress in this Olympic martial art and many are tired and very relieved when the 4 hour test is complete.
Steve said “standards are once again very high and there are only a small number of corrections to be made for a few, well done to the instructors who help prepare their students so effectively”
The clubs are centres for the local community with many parents training with their children and we are always willing to take new students, so if you want to get fit for the New Year come along to a free taster session which you can find further details on the clubs websites. The youngest students in the clubs are 5 years old and there is no upper age limit.
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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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well done to all Bungay and Beccles Taekwondo students who graded at the weekend.
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.
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.
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
Congratulations to Bungay Taekwondo students who attended the Northamptonshire Inter Club Tournament on 15th Feb 2015
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
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.
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:
Instructors Mr Nidge Bedingfield II & Mrs Susie Bedingfield II
Instructor Mr Clinton Gillett IV
Northants Interclub Tournament
on Sunday 15th February 2015
All Ages and Belts Categories
Patterns, Sparring and Destruction
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!