BUTL OPEN TOURNAMENT
100% success rate for all KB and TKD students taking their grading from white belt all the way up to black stripe. Kickboxers showed tremendous skill, heart and courage, two young ladies took their brown belt for the second time and showed great determination...Well done girls.
In Taekwon-Do there were some notable performances from the younger members as well as the older students.
Well done to all
ITF UNION EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday July 28th was the date the date for the last event of the summer, it's been a hectic few weeks with our members travelling all over the UK. This time Richard Winton and Ryan Simpson were in Loughborough for a very historic.
Unfortunately the UK Taekwon-Do scene has been badly fragmented over the years over 50 years ago there was only one TKD group, now there are many hundreds.
However the organisers of this event brought every single body together as one for this amazing event, all competing in perfect harmony the way it should be.
Richard Winton took two Bronzes in Patterns and Sparring
And Ryan Simpson (In his last comp before he starts Uni) secured Gold in Sparring and Bronze in Pattern.
TAEKWON-DO PURE EVENT
Mike Bartlett and Ryan Simpson stormed to success at the ITF European championships in Woking on the 14th of July.
Mike took four golds :
Sparring - Patterns - Breaking - Special technique
Ryan took three golds :
Sparring - Patterns - Team sparring
These two are truly amazing competitors
Black belt and coloured belt grading
Sunday 24th June saw three of our competitors travel up to St. Albans for the first ever TKD Pure event, this is a black belt only event designed to involve the best UK Taekwon-Do competitors from all different groups. We Had Richard Winton competing in the veterans category for the first time in 6 years, Mike Bartlett competing with very little training and Ryan Simpson.
The Veterans were first with Mike showing well in an excellent pattern division, narrowly missing out on a medal. Then came the sparring with Richard gaining a bronze, and the same for Mike.
Then it was Ryan's turn, he won gold in patterns and then to his great delight avenging the previous defeat to the same opponent he won the sparring too.
Well done to all who competed and supported.
There are lot's of events this summer, so if you'd like to take part see your Instructor.
LTSI TAEKWON-DO COMPETITION SUCCESS
Sunday May 27th saw over 60 black belt, and coloured belt students take to the grading floor in Poole, a 90% pass rate was achieved on the day.
Kickboxers and Taekwon-Do students from all over Dorset took part.
Unfortunately for all concerned it meant we were all inside on such a glorious day, in fact the Kickboxing black belt grading was 'Brutal' not only for the content, but by this point the sun shining on the grading mats began to take it's toll on the highly prepared candidates.
In total 8 members during the day achieved credit passes, so well done to them.
A big thank you to all the Black belts who helped set up and pack away, some were there from 7.45am until gone 6.30pm
Next grading will be on August 19th, train hard and you could be there
NEW BROADSTONE KICKBOXING CLASS
Congratulations go to Ryan Simpson on his first competition as a senior. The competition which had over 400 entrants was held in St. Albans on March 4th. Ryan won the Black belt pattern division, and came second in the sparring, not bad for his first adult competition.
Coloured belt grading
Sarah Jane Endersby will be starting a new kickboxing class at The Junction Leisure Centre, Station Approach, Broadstone BH18 8AX. Contact Sarah on 07957431878 to find out more. The class is for anyone over the age of 11 who wants to learn a martial art and improve their fitness.
NEW BRIDPORT KICKBOXING CLASS
Just short of 50 students, ranging from beginners to high graded Kickboxers and Taekwon-Do students took their promotion test on Sunday 18th February in Broadmayne. Overall the students did themselves proud with a 97% pass rate, 1 student passed with distinction, with a further 5 credit passes.
Many thanks to all the helpers who laid and packed away the matted floor, and serviced the 'tuck shop'
The next grading will be a Black belt/Coloured belt grading in Poole on May 27th. Work hard, listen to your Instructors and if everything goes well you could be in line for promotion.
SPARTANS KICKBOXING INTER-CLUB
Dave Shepherd will be starting a new kickboxing class at Bridport Rugby Club, Skilling Hill Road, Bridport DT6 5LN. Contact Dave on 07805 334559 to find out more. The class is for anyone over the age of 10 who wants to learn a martial art and improve their fitness.
World Taekwon-Do Champs
On Sunday January 13th Sam Nourse and Billy Hitchcock travelled up to the Spartans Gym in Chippenham to gain valuable experience. The Spartans have a great reputation for putting on these well supported events, and this was no exception people travelled from all over England and Wales to fight.
Billy was up first against a more experienced boxer from Wales, and acquitted himself very well using the first round to feel his way in, then fire his kicks more in the second round, the other lad put Billy under lot's of pressure with his punches but Billy to his credit didn't shy away, the third and final round was again a contest between the Welsh Lad's stronger punches and Billy sharper kicks. All in all Billy will take away lot's from the experience.
Next was Sam Nourse who again was up against a Welsh lad, Sam was very nervous before the bout but with lot's of encouragement stepped up. As predicted Sam's worries weren't necessary the first round he moved well, led with both hands and legs and was very comfortable. Half way through the second round his opponent sustained a nose bleed which the medics attended too. Then the fight was on the remainder of the second round the Welsh lad came out 'All guns blazing' but Sam continued to use his longer reach. By the third the Welsh lad was desperate and Sam would have learnt some valuable lessons.
Well done to all who competed and supported.
Spartans will be running another one in April, so speak to Sam, Billy and Master Jones and get involved
Wow, what an amazing experience our Integrity team had in Barnaveld, Holland. ITF Korea put on the first open ITF world championships with close to 1,000 competitors, including huge teams from Australia, Canada, Holland and Russia.
Back in April, lot's of Integrity students and Instructors took part in a sponsored walk from Sturminster Newton to Blandford on the Dorset Trail to raise money for Cancer research and also to raise funds for the Integrity squad members competing in the World open TKD champs later on this year in Holland.