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Poomsae Competitions - September, October

We are looking to take teams to two poomsae competitions in the next couple of months.  If you are interested in entering either or both, please let us know asap.

Sunday 23rd September - Manchester Open Poomsae Championships
Manchester
Details can be downloaded from here
www.bluewave.org.uk/images/CompetitionPacks/Manchester-Open-Poomsae-Championships-2018.pdf

This event is dan grade and k1 only.

Saturday 20th October - Chungdokwan Open 2018, Ireland
Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland
Details can be downloaded from here
www.bluewave.org.uk/images/CompetitionPacks/CHUNGDOKWANOPEN2018.pdf

This event is suitable for all ages but please read the entry pack to understand requirements.
We will be travelling out as a group on the afternoon/early evening of Friday 19th October and returning on the Sunday morning.  If you are interested in this event please contact Gerry for details of expected costs for flights and accommodation.

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2018 Chungdokwan Summer Camp

37500559_1772006192837046_3344839114724737024_o.jpgI have just returned from 8 days of training in Korea including the annual Chungdokwan Summer Camp. The training started in Goseong in the Seorak area. This is a popular resort area on the East Coast of Korea with beaches and mountains. This year's summer camp was attended by Chungdokwan members from the UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, USA, Australia, New Zealand and the Congo.

Day 1: After arriving in Incheon Airport, we travelled into Seoul to meet up with the other teams. Everyone then headed out by coach to Goseong and to check into the hotel and to meet together for dinner.

37317347_1772241209480211_3634873918306648064_o.jpgDay 2: We started with a trip out to hike up the Seorak mountain (1,708m). This was a beautiful and challenging hike, a chance to definitely work together to reach the peak. We then returned to our hotel for lunch followed by training. The afternoon training included working on basics and sparring. We also had a lecture from GM Lee Kyu Hyung, former President of the Kukkiwon, on Taekwondo spirit. In the evening we had a welcome dinner for all attendees, where the country teams were introduced and we had addresses from GM Park Hae Man and GM Shin Byeong Hyun.

Day 3: The day started with a lecture by GM Xu Zhe on Chungdokwan history. The morning training focused on poomsae training with emphasis on improving basic movements and use of the core to generate speed and power. 37661471_1774427905928208_276635390381654016_o.jpg
Then it was onto self defence against punches. The high dan grades then moved onto work on higher poomsae covering Taebaek to Ilyeo. The afternoon was competition time, first team competition by country and then individual. As a team we missed out on a medal but I was really pleased with our performance of Taebaek given limited time to practice. The individual competition was by single elimination and I was delighted to win both my matches to take gold in the 7th dan division. In the evening there was a formal dinner and a meeting of the high dans (eating and drinking together is an important part of Korean culture). Following the dinner, we then headed to a Karaoke bar for several hours of singing!

Day 3: For the high dan grades, the day started with special training continuing work on the top 4 poomsae, Jitae to Ilyeo. Then there was afternoon tour of the DMZ and the spectacular Kunbongsa Buddhist Temple. This temple was established in 520 A.D. and at its peak had over 3,000 rooms but was badly damaged by a fire in 1878 and then completely destroyed during the Korean war and is now being gradually rebuild. We then headed back to Seoul to continue the training.

Day 5: We headed to the Kukkiwon, the HQ for Taekwondo, spending a couple of hours training and with the opportunity for photos. The afternoon was rest time and a chance to shop in the Taekwondo shops around the Kukkiwon. In the evening we headed out to GM Shin's dojang for training, starting with football, then basics, poomsae, paddle work including lots of advanced jumping techniques. Then another dinner for everyone together back near the hotel.

Day 6: Time to change hotel to the more central Insadong area and then exploring the area. In the evening it was back to GM Shin's for more training and I had the privilege to be able to sit as a panel member for a grading at his school.

Day 7: During the day we just relaxed with an opportunity for shopping and sightseeing. In the evening it was back to GM Shin's for the final evening of training with further work on poomsae with focus on the dan grade poomsae and more challenging paddle work. The end of a brilliant week of training covering all aspects of Taekwondo.

Day 8: The day started again with sightseeing with some of the UK attendees heading to the palaces and museum, a few of us heading out to a more in depth tour of the DMZ. Then the final evening of dinners and packing.

Day 9: Time for the journey back home and to start planning for 2019!

The Chungdokwan Summer Camp has become a regular event and so if you are interested in attending in 2019 and want to be kept in touch with details as the planning take place please talk to one of the instructors.

Master Gerry Reilly

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Summer Training

We just wanted to confirm that as usual all our regular classes, for all age groups, will run throughout the summer; no changes to schedule except for the week from the 19th to 26th August when we will be shut for a short summer break.

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Next Focus Tournament


We would like to thank our members and their family and supporters who have attended recent tournaments representing Bluewave. We know that at some recent tournaments there have been some negative situations that have occurred and we are very proud of how the Bluewave team have handled these situations with respect and with consideration of others. These values, along with the welfare of our members, are of the upmost importance to our club and coaches and we can assure you that we have provided necessary feedback to the tournament organisers.

We fully understand how some of the negative situations can impact not just those competing but also those supporting their family and friends at the tournaments. We want to ensure that we can continue to attend tournaments to give those who want to compete the experience they need and also the enjoyment they deserve. With this in mind we would like our next tournament focus to be the UTF London International at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on the 30th September. This tournament is one that our coaches and members have attended on multiple occasions and is always and positive and friendly tournament for all.

As a gesture of appreciation for how our members embodied our positive values at recent tournaments, we would like to offer to pay the entry fee for any competitor so wishes to compete at the UTF London International, who previously competed at either the Chungdokwan National Championship and/or 1st Welsh Open. If you would like to compete at this tournament please email us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) ASAP as entries are already filling up.

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Black belt promotions June 2018

GroupJune18.jpgCongratulations to the Bluewave candidates at the Taekwondo Chundokwan GB dan grading on the 10th June.  Promoted were:-

Ria Mistry - 1st Dan

Shailesh Mistry - 2nd Dan

Master Jonny Hainsworth - 4th Dan

Master Gerry Reilly - 7th Dan

Good set of performances resulting from hard work, dedication and commitment. Well done!

 

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15 Aug
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15 Aug 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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