Following the success of this weekend's competition poomsae training we have decided to make this a twice monthly session. This will allow us to focus on the development of both Bluewave members as well as members of the other British Taekwondo clubs with whom we collaborate.
From now on we will be running competition poomsae training on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. The sessions will run from 12.30-2.30pm for all grades with the extra hour for dan grades being from 2.30-3.30pm - with under 14 dan grades leaving at 3.00pm. The first of the additional sessions will be on Saturday 17th October. Please note the start times have moved back 30 minutes.
Each of the two sessions in a month will be run with the same structure and focus. Starting in November, we will take bookings for both sessions at the same time so we can ensure that everyone who wants to train gets to do at least one session a month. You are well come to request a place for both sessions, however priority will be on ensuring everyone gets a place on at least one session a month. If you are interested in attending both sessions in a month we would request that you state a first and second preference in case we are over subscribed.
Following changes to the government's guidelines for COVID-19, we have reviewed the latest guidance from British Taekwondo and Sport England and updated our Return to Training Framework and Activity Risk Assessment. These are available from the club's website and we have included direct links below;
Please can you take a few minutes to read through these documents as having everyone aware of the guidelines helps us smoothly run our classes and ensure that we are operating in a way that allows us to remain open. In particular we would like to remind everyone that social distancing measures must be adhered to both inside and outside of the dojang, and that this applies to both adults and children of all ages, including parents and carers.
We are delighted to announce that we will be resuming our monthly competition poomsae training from Saturday 5th September. This will run at the usual times;
12.00-2.00pm All Grades/Ages (must be confident in at least Taegeuk El Jang)
2.00-3.00pm Dan Grades only
Under 14 (Cadet) Dan Grades will leave at 2.30pm as we will have then have completed their required competition poomsae.
This class is free to all Bluewave members and open to other British Taekwondo members, only £5.
Physical competitions are currently suspended but there are opportunities to compete at virtual events. Our next focus competition is the Virtual KTA Worldwide Poomsae & Para Poomsae Championships 2020, which will run on the weekend of the 2nd-4th October. This virtual competition will be streamed online so you will get to see yourself and others on your TV at home!
We have now been back training in the dojang for a month and it has been good to be together again. The instructors have been impressed with enthusiasm of our existing members to return to the dojang and it has also been great to welcome a number of new beginners to Bluewave - continued growth will be important to strengthening the club for the future.
This experience has given us the chance to review our classes and make some adjustments. In particular we want to provide additional capacity as five of our classes are running at the limit of attendees.
We have also made minor adjustments to the layout to allow us to raise the capacity of classes to 18 while still maintaining social distancing of more than 2m between each training position.
To support this, and hopefully further expansion of classes as guidelines are adjusted, we really do need some more volunteers. To support larger classes we need senior grades to be available to assist with instructing but also other volunteers to help with class management. Please email us if you are able to support with this.
As all of our KickStars and Juniors are now back in physical classes, and this is a better environment to support development for these age groups, we will be stopping the streaming of these classes also from the 4th September.
All Teen/Adult classes, the High Energy/HIIT class, the Family class, the Stretching and Flexibility class and the Dan Poomsae class will continue to be streamed online classes as well as running as physical classes in the dojang.
Please can we also remind you to let us know if you are going to miss a class or do not need your booking for a regular class any more. We have waiting lists for several classes and we want to be able to offer spare one-off or regular places to those members.
We will also be updating our COVID-19 implementation plan and risk assessment to reflect these changes. This will be published on the club website tomorrow.
Now that we have had a couple of weeks back in physical classes, and have a better understanding of how the social distancing and hygiene guidelines need to be managed, we have decided that we need to make some changes to grading arrangements.
The next Kup Grading will now be on Saturday 12th September, and not on the Sunday. We have moved the date because we will need 7 1/2 hours to be able to run the grading in a way that ensures we manage to all the appropriate guidelines and we cannot fit this into the Sunday schedule. We will be issuing grading letters over the next couple of weeks to those who are being invited to grade, these will include the start and finish time for you/your children grade group -there will only be one grade group in the dojang at any time.
As mentioned at the club meeting, we are offering free 1-1 or small group catch up sessions. Initially these will focus on supporting those preparing for this grading. Lynne will be in contact to make arrangements.
The next KickStars Grading will be on Friday 9th October. We have moved the date back a few weeks to allow those who have just returned to training, and our new starters, to have a little more time to be ready to grade. As usual the KickStars Grading will take place during the usual class.
The date for the Dan Grading remains Sunday 11th October.