We have just started a small programme of improvements at our VBC dojang. Over the next few weeks we are having destratification fans installed to improve the heat distribution in the main hall, the doors and windows on the front of the building will be painted and we are re-modeling of the entrance and waiting room area. The re-modeling of the entrance will provide a new larger waiting area and we are also moving the door into the training area so that the internal doors and external doors will no longer be directly in-line, which will improve the retention of heat during winter training. During this work all classes will be running as usual however it is possible that for a small number of classes we will need to use an different entrance. If so, there will be signs and directions on the outside doors. Please also ensure that all juniors are dropped off and collected from inside the dojang. This will be even more important that usual over the next couple of weeks.
This work will further improve of our facilities by providing a more attractive reception/waiting area and improved heating. As a Not-for-Profit club we have been able to do this work because the fees our members pay are invested into our facilities and equipment. We are hoping that in 2018 we will also be able to further invest particularly in replacing some of the equipment such as sparring scoring system.
Following a thorough and demanding selection process, it is with great pleasure we can congratulate Bluewave's Hayden Corby on his selection to join the Great Britain Academy Fighting Chance 13-18 Development Programme. Hayd has worked amazingly hard to achieve this both in his training and as shown by his tournament performances with eight consecutive division wins. This selection recognises his dedication and his future potential to develop as a GB Taekwondo Athlete. This also recognises the support he has received from our clubs coaches over the last two years but also the excellent training from his Kickboxing club, Basingstoke Freestyle Kickboxing with Steve O'Grady.
The next stage in the journey starts this weekend with Hayd's first training weekend at the GB National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester.
Congratulations to Hayden Corby winning his division at the British Taekwondo National Championships. Long wait to play but great performances in both the semi final and then final.
The Semi Final opened with Hayd playing his usual aggressive start but also some good defence from his opponent, both landing an early head shot. Hayd then finished with a match winning head shot.
The Final was high energy with the first round giving Hayd a 7-0 lead, and then 22-4 at the end of the second. Hayd went hunting the result early in the third round eventually gaining a 20 point advantage win with a back hook kick.
Well done, Hayd.
Short video of his match winning kick in the semi final.
Our new family class is now up and running. This class runs on a Sunday from 5.00-6.00pm and is open to both existing members and new starters aged 7+ to adult. This is an excellent opportunity for families to train together and for parents/guardians to give Taekwondo a go. Come along and give it a go!
Slightly later than planned because we wanted to award certificates to everyone before putting the results on website, which we still haven't quite managed with holidays, etc... Congratulations to the successful candidates from the July grading. Next kup grading will be on Sunday, 5th November.
Nathan Godfrey Yellow Tag/9th Kup Credit
Daniel Farthing Yellow Belt/8th Kup
Munachi Nduka-Richard Yellow Belt/8th Kup
Ryan Ashraf Yellow Belt/8th Kup
Ethan Levendale-Middleton Green Tag/7th Kup
Shubhashis Shrestha Green Belt/6th Kup Credit
Alexander Chiguvare Green Belt/6th Kup
Filip Matyla Green Belt/6th Kup
Annabel Poynter Green Belt/6th Kup
Cael Miller Blue Tag/5th Kup
Giordano Baquero-Easton Blue Belt/4th Kup
Anushka Sen Red Tag/3rd Kup