The next big competition is the GTUK British Championships in Coventry Saturday 12th May, it would be great to get as many along as possible and as always I will be driving the minibus. You have to pre-register for this one so I will start collecting information in the month before hand.
The summer grading will take place on Sunday 24th June from 10-1 and we have been invited to do a demonstration at Earsham Village Fete on Saturday 23rd June and volunteers are most welcome.
Wishing you all the best in TKD
Bungay Taekwondo Sports Relief 2018
Students had a great last fun session of the Spring term in order to raise £100 for Sport relief as well as build up chocolate supplies in the build up to Easter.
Games included the fastest team to blow up their balloons, faster to pop them all, a Korean terminology challenge, kihap off and many other races and challenges.
Bungay Taekwon-do Grading. A Big Congratulations to all Bungay & Beccles Taekwon-do Students who passed their Spring Grading at Bungay High School on Sunday 18th March 2018
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 continued progress of all students, and said that the standards were very high, he congratulated them on their 100% pass rate. Four students (3 Peewees and 1 Junior) passed their Provisional Black Belt grading and were awarded their Black Tag belts, they will now be preparing for their full Black Belt grading in front of Grandmaster Oldham IX degree at a later date.
The spring is a great time to start this family orientated sport, giving new members time to learn their 1st belt syllabus in readiness for the June 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 site for details of our training times and venues this spring:
Come and Try
1st Session Free
Instructor Mr Clinton Gillett V
Ages: Peewees 5-11, Juniors 12-16, Adults 17-39, Veterans 40+.
There is a new black belt in Bungay, Jayden Howgate (aged 9) who attends Bungay Primary School battled not only the snow but several other students in order to be awarded his dan grading in Taekwondo.
Jayden who has been training with Mr Gillett since he was 5 years old travelled the 160 miles to Coventry on March 3rd to perform in front of Grandmaster Oldham, Master Aucello and other senior grades. He had to perform his patterns, step-sparring, sparring and terminology as well as present a written thesis to get the coveted black belt. Jayden has become a role model for younger students in the club and has already started helping to teach other students in the class, he is the 41st black belt from Bungay in its 15 year history.
The club trains in Hall 1 Bungay High School on Tuesdays 7-8pm, Wednesdays 4-5pm and Thursdays 7-8.30pm and is very friendly and welcoming, many students train as families and are working their way towards their black belt. This journey normally takes between 3-5 years and is greatly valued by potential employers as a demonstration of determination, commitment and diligence.
1st Quarter Grading Sunday 18th March 2018
Bungay High School gym, 9.45am for 10am start.
Please make sure you bring your grading money (£28) into the club next week.
Always wanted to learn a martial art?
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 🙂
The GTUK Eastern Area Inter-Club tournament took place in Wellingborough this year and Bungay & Beccles Taekwondo Clubs battled to a very creditable 3rd place in the region which is superb considering the winning towns are much bigger (Wellingborough 1st and Northampton 2nd)
29 medals in total were achieved by 19 fighters in all age groups, pee wees (under 12) included superb double gold for Jayden Howgate in patterns and special techniques and gold for Jack Sutton in his patterns division. Jed Baddour showed exception sparring ability to win his division in emphatic style with 3 head kicks awarded to be given the gold. Isaac Slater also battled hard to a bronze in sparring but achieved an excellent silver for patterns in a large division.
Juniors (13-17) achieved a great haul of medals with Imogen Suttons gold for sparring and bronze for patterns and Daisy Whymarks gold for patterns and bronze for sparring being real highlights as it was their 1st competition. Bailey Aldrich gained gold for patterns and silver for sparring which was a fabulous achievement as he had stepped up to juniors being a tall 12 year old! Kelsie Dyer showed great courage to win gold for patterns and bronze for sparring whilst fellow Bungay High School student James Thurston won silver for patterns. Evelyn Brooks won bronze for patterns and silver for sparring to round off a superb showing for the teenagers.
Adults (17+) included a fantastic double gold for Jade Howgate in sparring and patterns beating team mate Poppy Whymark to a creditable double silver, as she is only just in the adult section. A great gold for Jason Drake for black belt destruction went with his silver medals for both patterns and sparring whilst Gary Wheeler won double bronze medals in his 1st competition as a black belt! Barbara Mazza gained a silver in the black belt ladies patterns with Paul Chapman gaining a silver for patterns and bronze for sparring in the coloured belt male section.
Several other competitors competed and supported superbly with Colby Aldrich battling to 4th place in the pee wee sparring, whilst Jack and Jess Chapman competed really well but finished just outside the medal positions, both losing out to the eventual category winners. Jacob Burden did a superb job helping to referee for the 1st time as a black belt and Benjamin Burden acted as junior coach. Steve King The area 6th degree and senior said “Bungay & Beccles achieved a fantastic 60 points and considering the distance travelled for competitors the amount of medals won is a real testament to Eastern Taekwondo”.
Now is a great time have a go at this rewarding Olympic martial art in order to get fit for the summer and your first lesson is free! The youngest students in the clubs are 5 years old and there is no upper age limit, check us out on www.bungay-taekwondo.co.uk or for those in Beccles www.beccles-taekwondo.co.uk
The Instructors of Borough Tae Kwon Do would like to invite you to this year’s annual Northants Interclub Tournament!
Sunday 4th February will see the Wellingborough Club host this year’s annual Northants Interclub Tournament this year’s interclub Tournament brings together members from Grange Park, Wellingborough, Wollaston, Northampton, Raunds, Beccles and Bungay for what’s sure to be a fun day out for everyone.
There will be patterns and sparring divisions, as well as destruction categories available to adult students. As always, the clubs will be competing for the Interclub Trophy. An awarded to the club with the most successes throughout the day. You can enter as many of the events for your grade and as age as you would like.
All students must have a valid licence to compete, and as safety is always uppermost in our minds, those who wish to spar in the Tournament will need the following sparring equipment:
•Hand, Feet and Head Guard.
•Groin Guard (compulsory for men and boys).
Whether you want to compete or just watch…everyone’s welcome. Why not bring along your Mums, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Uncles, Aunts, Brothers, Sisters and Friends? It’s going to be a great day…so just come along.
If you have any questions, or you want to order safety equipment, just ask your Instructor and they’ll be able to help.
Don’t miss this day…it’s a great chance to meet and get to know others like you, who are all Tae Kwon-Do Martial Artists. Hope to see you all there.
Date: Sunday 4th February
Time: Doors open 9:45am, the event will then run throughout the day
Venue: Weavers Sports Centre, Weavers Road, Wellingborough, NN8 3JQ Costs: Competitors £8, Spectators £3 – to be paid on the day.
There is no entry form for this event, all entries will be managed on the day!
If you require further information about this event, please speak to your instructor or refer to our
We look forward to seeing you there!
Open invitation to all GTUK Students aged 8 and over:
27th January 2018, Squad 2pm-5pm
The aim of the England Development Squad to allow students to attend additional training with other like minded students and develop technique, confidence and ability, to be the best they can be. SQUAD TRAINING sessions cover sparring technique, patterns, power breaking, special technique, as well as team patterns, and competition scenarios.
SQUAD TRAINING is open to all GTUK students aged 8 and over, it is not by selection or invitation by GTUK Coaches; students just need approval from their Instructors prior to attending. As Coaches we actively encourage Instructors to attend themselves, and to send their students, however we must point out that squad training is in addition to club training, not replacement. We can accept children occasionally under the age of 8 by prior agreement by the coaches, and their instructor.
Cost of squad training is £7 for 3 hours, and we will require to see proof of insurance upon registration, and we can ask for proof at any point during your training.
Next training session is Saturday 27th January, between 2pm – 5pm, as it is the first training session of the year we will require the 2018 registration form to be completed. Please DOWNLOAD, print, complete and bring to the session, with your registration form.
Students should wear white doboks, and current belt, and MUST bring along a full set of sparring equipment; headguard, closed fingered gloves, and footpads. Male students should wear groin guards. The session is intended to push your own individual limits, (we’re all different, and you know your levels), so we recommend not training when injured, and to always bring plenty of fluids.
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Bungay & Beccles Taekwondo clubs held their last belt grading of the year on the 16th December 2017
A very large group of students attended the last grading for the year, and were put through their paces, being assessed on all their Taekwondo skills, and successfully being promoted to their respective new belt rankings.
All students demonstrated great enthusiasm and endurance during the 4 hour grading where a range of techniques, patterns, self-defence, sparring and destruction were all tested alongside Korean terminology.
GTUK Examiner Mr Steve King 6th Degree, said that standards were excellent and they were all a credit to the region and their instructors, and as you can see by the faces in the photo, all students worked really hard but enjoyed every moment, adding to the success of both the family orientated clubs from Beccles and Bungay.
The grading was then followed by an end of year party and presentation evening for new belts and student awards, held at Broome Village Hall.
This included the promotion to 1st Degree Black Belt for Beccles Mr Gary Wheeler who successfully passed his destruction test on the grading day.
Students and their families then enjoyed Hog Roast, Cakes, and Sweets getting everyone into the festive spirit for Christmas.
Below is a small video clip of the grading warm up!
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.
So come and join us!
Everyone came along in their sleepy wear to train on Thursday night with all money going to the fabulous cause.
£100 was achieved after a busy but fun session of sparring and patterns at Bungay High School, the funny thing was the comment made by Catherine Wiltshire the Associate Headteacher when club instructor Clinton Gillett said they were training in PJs to raise funds “don’t you always train in your pyjamas?”
There were some great results from Bungay Taekwondo students at the weekend when 12 competitors travelled 160 miles to Coventry in order to compete in this year’s British GTUK Championships.
Toyota Smith achieved a fantastic gold in the sparring and silver in the patterns in her first ever tournament, fighting in the adult ladies 10-7th kup category, whilst Jade Howgate gained two silver medals in the adult ladies 3-1st kup section. Neil Genn-Bromley fought hard to achieve a bronze in the adult male 10-7th kup competition.
Bungay High school Year 10 student Kelsie Dyer surpassed her own expectations to win silver for patterns and bronze for sparring in the junior girls 6-4th kup category and Liam Everett fought extremely hard for his silver in the junior male 3-1st kup division. His brother Christian Everett performed superbly in the junior black belt patterns to get his 1st silver medal as a black belt and then followed this up with an even greater award in the tag team challenge.
Christian fought alongside fellow Bungay High School students, Jacob Burden and Adam Fuller in the hugely competitive black belt tag team sparring event which is a truly amazing spectacle to watch and they astonished themselves by finishing as silver medallists, although, it was incredibly hard fought and Jacob ended up getting checked out at hospital for a suspected broken arm, fortunately this turned out to be a badly buckled radius.
Isaac Slater was truly unlucky to lose a bronze medal match on a technicality after fighting his way through several tough rounds in the pee wee 3-1st kup cohort, whilst Colby Aldrich and Jayden Howgate competed well but missed out on the medals.
The club can now focus on getting ready for the last grading of the year satisfied with some great performances in this year’s competition circuit. It is still possible to start training with Clinton Gillett who is a 5th Degree international instructor, world silver medallist from 2000 and current UITF veteran champion.
The club trains at Bungay High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm and welcomes students of all abilities from the age of 6 to 60 and beyond please contact the school on 01986 892140 for further details or pop along for a free taster lesson.