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UKTA English Open 2017

The UKTA English Open Championships, 19th March was only a week before our own Championships, so we didn’t have many people entering this time around. But for the few people that did attend it was a successful day, with some of the medal winners and competitors shown here.

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Ryan

 

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Bytomic Open

We’ve never entered any Bytomic competitions before so on the 5th March LEARN TKD sent three of it’s students along to this event to “test the water”. It was a most enjoyable competition, with an obvious emphasis on getting children on the mat and having an enjoyable experience. Officials and competitors were very friendly and welcoming of any “outsiders”, and our students did really well and came home with plenty of medals.

In the respective categories, Oliver Adams, achieved Gold in the Patterns and Gold in the Sparring. Cerys Janaway won Silver in the Patterns, Gold in the Sparring and Gold in the Team Sparring. James Troughton managed a well earned Gold in the Patterns and Silver in the Sparring.

 

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2016 Student of the year awards

Congratulations to all recipients of our “Student of the Year” and “Most Improved Student” awards. They were as follows…

Fleet Juniors – Lewis Rowley (SOTY) Humza Ahmed (MIS)
Aldershot – Stuart Longdon (SOTY) Josh Ordonez (MIS)
Guildford – James Myers (SOTY) Andrew Saywer and Orla Ralph (MIS)
Alton Juniors – Louis Wood (SOTY) Aaron Lomas (MIS)
Church Crookham Juniors – Emily Culyer (SOTY) Michael Shapkin (MIS)

Well done to all those concerned, some very difficult decisions trying to pick the winners this year.

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Kup Grade testing – 4th December 2016

LEARN TKD are pleased to announce the following promotions, after the testing on Sunday 4th December.

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

RESULT

Reuben

Gilbert

4th kup

Aaron

Raguro

4th kup

James

Myers

5th kup

Melanie

Lusted

5th kup

Christian

Mirandah

5th kup

Tyler

Edwards Jupe

5th kup

Gabriel

Pulanco

5th kup

Ansa

Sunil

5th kup

Oliver

Arkell

5th kup

Cerys

Janaway

5th kup

Louis

Ella

Wood

Barker

5th kup

5th kup

Harry

Hudson

6th kup

Henry

Evans

6th kup

Oliver

Adams

6th kup

Max

Sellen

6th kup

Owen

Sellen

6th kup

Barny

Zengo

6th kup

Sonny

Wood

6th kup

Emmanual

Mirandah

6th kup

Theresa

Mirandah

6th kup

Callum

Churcher

6th kup

Ryan

Hilliar

7th kup

Kelly

Scott

7th kup

Sami

Miraoui

7th kup

Oliver

Scobie

7th kup

Harry

Hayward

7th kup

Sebastian

Clayton

7th kup

Emily

Culyer

7th kup

Sam

Peacock

7th kup

James

Lewis

7th kup

Garry

Churcher

7th kup

Jasmine

Costelo

7th kup

Joshua

Costelo

7th kup

Lucy

Henry

Smith

Driver

7th kup

7th kup

Leila

Miraoui

8th kup

Kiera

Miraoui

8th kup

Graham

Davison

8th kup

Iain

Miller Cook

8th kup

Simon

Grainger

8th kup

Rachel

Scott

8th kup

Gary

Brett

9th kup

Thomas

Edward

9th kup

Dario

Stuart

Wesemeyer

Auchterlonie

9th kup

9th kup

Belts

Kup Testing 26th November 2016 – Results

LEARN TKD are pleased to announce the follow kup grade promotions…

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

RESULT

Alarnie

Yeomans

1st Kup

Francis

Groves

1st Kup

Sam

Dauncey

2nd Kup

Jack

Gunning

2nd Kup

Lucas

Pedersen

2nd Kup

James

Troughton

3rd Kup

Josh

Ordonez

3rd Kup

Taran

Sanhga

3rd Kup

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Black Belt Test results

LEARN TKD Taekwon-Do are delighted to announce the promotion of Laura Fox Longdon to 4th degree, Stuart Fox Longdon to 3rd degree, Gavin Heffernan to 1st degree and Helen Ray to 1st degree. All four students completed a comprehensive 9 hour testing under the watchful eye of Vison Taekwon-Do Association examiners, Master Ken Chesterman, 7th degree, Mr Tim Dunn, 5th degree and Mr Steve Arroyo, 4th degree.

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Stuart Fox Longdon, Helen Ray and Laura Fox Longdon (above)

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Instructor Paul Adams with newly promoted black belt, Gavin Heffernan (above)

 

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Vision Taekwon-Do Association AGM

The Vision Taekwon-Do Association AGM concluded on 20th November in Tonbridge, Kent, with the acceptance of the new board. A couple of people stepping down with new positions voted in. The new board for the next 3 years are…

Mr Philip Lear, 6th degree – Chairman

Mr Paul Adams, 5th degree – Secretary

Mr Tim Dunn, 5th degree – Tournament Director

Mr Luke Thompson, 5th degree – Technical Director

Mr Ian Kelly, 3rd degree – Treasurer

The board will work together continuing to increase the profile and development of the Vision Taekwon-Do Association (VTA). Provisional dates for testings, competitions and seminars etc were drafted and will be emailed to the VTA membership very soon.

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Italian Open Milan 2016

On the weekend of the 11th and 12th November, 11 members of Vision Taekwon-Do traveled to Milan to compete at the Italian Open Taekwon-Do Championships.  A popular competition with the European community. Instructors Mr Phillip Lear and Paul Adams accompanied the team as coaches, along with Mr Steven Bourne who would assist with umpiring duties.
As always, with around a dozen countries in attendance, its a great chance to catch up with friends within the international Taekwon-Do community. But of course, the main purpose of the visit was to compete, and with many former and current World and European champions in attendance it was going to be a tough days competition.
The Vision Team had a good day on the mats with the final results as follows…
Oliver Adams – Gold Sparring, Bronze Pattern.
Cian Hosking – Gold Sparring, Silver Pattern.
James Troughton – Gold Sparring, Bronze Pattern.
Mitch Saunders – Gold Sparring.
Laura Fox-Longdon – Silver Pattern, Silver Sparring.
Other competitors who performed very well, many in their first international competition were Alfie Tatner, James Myers, Leon Elliott, Holly Austen, Joshua Connolly, Steven Pulanco.
Many thanks to the parents of the junior competitors for giving their children the opportunity to compete and for their support during the event.

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Pictured above – James Troughton on his way to GOLD in the sparring

 
The various schools involved with Vision Taekwon-Do will now concentrate on the final tests of the year, commencing with the black belt testing on the 19th November, with further tests for the coloured belts on the 26th November and the 4th and 10th December.

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British Army Taekwon-Do success

On Saturday 22nd October, our student Colin Faires took part in the Army Martial Arts Association 2016 Winter Competition. With his Wife, Lorraine and daughter Annabelle both tagging along for support, he managed to come away with: Bronze in ITF Patterns, Silver in Colour Belt v Black Belt Exhibition Sparring, Gold in Colour Belt Lightweight Sparring, Inter-Corps Competition Discipline Winner (ITF) and to top it off I was awarded the Meijin Shield (Fighting Spirit of the Day). Sounds like a pretty successful day to us! Well done Colin.

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ITF World Cup 2016

On the 11th October Vision TKD sent a team of 28 competitors, supporters and coaches to the ITF World Cup in Budapest, Hungary. After arriving in Hungary the team made their way straight to the weigh in and registration. It was a long day of travelling so all the competitors were very happy to have made their weight categories without issue. The team then went back to the hotel for dinner, a team meeting and an early night.

On the Wednesday the competition started and it was a full day of patterns. Despite nearly all the team competing it was a tough day with only Mr Arroyo, Thicome Biron-Monnier and Ellena Lobley progressing through a few rounds. Just when the team were starting to look deflated after no medals Mr Arroyo made his way into the 4-6th degree patterns final and secured a silver medal.

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On the second day of competition the team were a bit more fired up as there was a lot of sparring happening and that is what most of the competitors had come for. We were not disappointed as Mike Rutherford fought bravely despite hardly being able to walk on his injured ankle and got a bronze medal. Then later in the same day Lee Higgins had some excellent fights to also secure a bronze medal. Although not winning any medals James Troughton, Izzie Eason Warner and Ellena Lobley all put in some great performances getting through the rounds and narrowly missed out on finishing on the podium.

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The Friday was perhaps our toughest day as we had lots of black belts sparring and colour belt special technique and the categories were very tough. Despite some good performances we came away with no medals and some bruised bodies.

The Saturday was another tough day as it was all special technique and not the teams strong point. However, Mr Thompson kept things interesting for the spectators by making his way through the rounds and only just missed out on a medal, finishing 4th in the play off. Izzie Eason Warner turned the teams morale arounds with a great performance, securing the silver medal in special technique. To keep the squad motivated we got back to the hotel earlier and organised some better food for the team, making it a fun evening for all.

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As 95% of the squad had finished competing the coaches offered the team a later start on the final day and making it optional to come and support the 3 coaches who were the only people with competition events. It was great to see everyone turn up early and support the coaches who had worked tirelessly all week. Mr Edmunds completed the day with some smashing stuff to get the silver medal.

Although it was not the biggest medal haul the team was a very inexperienced squad who will have all learned a lot from their first major international.

Many thanks to the Umpire’s from the association, Master Chesterman, Mr Lear and Mr Bourne who worked very hard all week to make the competition possible.

Also, many thanks to the coaching staff, Mr Dunn, Mr Adams, Mr Thompson, Mr Arroyo and Mr Edmunds who not only worked hard all week but also put in the hours behind the scenes organising squad sessions, transport, hotels, meals, equipment etc

And lastly, special thanks to the supporters who came along and kept the team going all week even when things were not going our way. Well done everyone.

Check out the photos here.