It has been a great weekend for poomsae training in Basingstoke. On Saturday we had 21 at our regular monthly competition poomsae training class, including a few attending for the first time. This month the concentration was on stances and as usual, performance practice on all poomsae from Taegeuk El Jang upwards. Next monthly training will be on Saturday 5th May.
On Sunday, we then hosted a British Taekwondo Regional Talent Identification and Development session with 35 atttendees from across the South and London lead by GB Performance Coaches Master Gemma Biescas and Chan Sau. As usual this training provided an excellent opportunity to work the fine points of performance under expert guidance. Next Southern Region Talent Identification and Development will be in Loughton on Sunday 13th May.
This year we will be relaunching our annual children's summer school. This will be a week of fun martial arts activities for children aged 7-14 run from our well-equipped dojang/gym in Basingstoke.
Open to both Bluewave members and those who want to try Taekwondo for the first time.
Cost will be £35/week with a discounted rate of £25 for 2nd (or more) child from the same family.
10am-12pm each day from Monday 13th to Friday 17th August.
Booking form is now available to download from here.
We are now under two months away from hosting our annual poomsae tournament on Sunday 3rd June. This is a large, high profile event which this year has attracted over 400 players who will be competing across individual, pairs, teams, freestyle and para divisions. To make the event successful we will need plenty of support from Bluewave members, parents and friends of the club.
We will need help to setup on the Saturday evening from 6.00pm. Then on the Sunday we will need people to help with the run of the events such as getting competitors to the rings on time, collecting spectator fees, helping the visiting clubs with any questions that arise and just generally making sure everyone has a great experience. Finally we will need help at the end of the day to clear away mats, equipment, etc.
We have some great training opportunities coming up over the next two weeks.
This coming Saturday, 7th April, we have our regular competition poomsae training which is open to everyone provided that you are confident with at least the first poomsae. As usual, this will run from 12.00-2.00pm for all grades with an extra hour for dan grades from 2.00-3.00pm.
On Sunday, 8th April, we will be hosting a British Taekwondo Regional Development session. This will be taken by two of the GB Poomsae Performance Coaches. The training will run from 1.00-4.00pm at QMC, Cliddensen Road, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF. Open to 4th Kup/Blue Belt and above, cost will be £20.
We have held a two part grading over the last few weeks. We took the unusual step of splitting the grading because of the large number of candidates and this allowed us to properly assess each candidate and give everyone time to show their progress.
The standard achieved was very strong and this is reflected in an unusually high number of double promotions and credit awards. The candidates achieving double promotions and credits showed performance well above the standard expected at their grade. In some cases this was for consistently high performance across all aspects of the grading, for some it was exceptionally good performance in their poomsae and kibon patterns and for some others it was their attitude exemplifying the tenets of Taekwondo including perseverance and indomitable spirit. Attitude is a key part of the grading, the examiners know that candidates are nervous and there will be mistakes but everyone is expected to give 100% throughout the grading and show this in their approach from entering the dojang to leaving at the end of the grading.
|9th Kup / Yellow Tag||7th Kup / Green Tag||4th Kup / Blue Belt|
|Areeba Adeel - CREDIT||Alize Ekambi-Kiye - DOUBLE||Cael Miller - CREDIT|
|Amalie Reynolds||Romeo Semayobe - DOUBLE||Brandon Koh|
|Anoushka Shaw||Olivia Whiles - CREDIT||Dawid Wrobel|
|Chase Chandler-Smith||Aidan Batista-Guanchez||Kieran Pern|
|Daniel Cloyne||Jack Greening||Samuel Dodds|
|Hadia Waseem||Ryan Ashraf|
|Jamie Sees||3rd Kup / Red Tag|
|Julia Dittrich-Montiel||6th Kup / Green Belt||Danyal Dabhelia|
|Mateusz Matyla||Ethan Gore - CREDIT||Giordano Baquero-Easton|
|Violetta Dittrich-Montiel||Abi Fidgett||Grace Williams|
|8th Kup / Yellow Belt||5th Kup / Blue Tag|
|Joseph Langton - DOUBLE||Erin Whiles - CREDIT||2nd Kup / Red Belt|
|Taylor Palmer - DOUBLE||Isabella Martin - CREDIT||Jonathan Paduanelli - CREDIT|
|Chris Tomlin - DOUBLE||Filip Matyla||Sirsendu Sen - CREDIT|
|Dipo Olaneye - CREDIT||Sebastian Wrobel||Ahan Sen|
|Antoine Dorange-Read - CREDIT||Shubhashis Shrestha||Hayden Corby|
|Joe Scorey - CREDIT||Sushant Shrestha||Pradeep Lalung|
|Muhammad Wasim||1st Kup / Black Tag|
|Nathan Godfrey||Darren Miller|
The examiners were very pleased with the standard shown at this grading demonstrating that the performances across all aspects of Taekwondo were strong and in keeping with the club's high expectations. Well done!
The next Bluewave Kup Grading will be on Sunday 24th June.