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Alton Junior plank Challenge

Woah! 6 minutes 30 seconds gets Tyler the Junior Plank Challenge trophy at LEARN TKD Alton. And what a trophy – it’s as big as he is! Well done Tyler. Worth a mention though that all of the children put in a massive effort, with many of them hitting the five minute mark. Wonder if their parents could match that?

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Black Belt promotions

After an intensive 9 hour testing in Kent last weekend, I am very pleased to announce the promotions of Donna James and Kerim Mencoglu (both from our Alton School) to Black Belt 1st Dan.

I’m sure they will both be valuable assets to their school and to the association in general and I look forward to their continual development in Taekwon-Do.

The next official Black Belt testing will be in November, where hopefully we will see more success. But there is also a senior Dan grade test to be held on 26th August by Master Philip Lear. Fingers crossed for more great new for Alton next week!

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Guildford Junior Plank Challenge

Some really good results with the class and a very close decider between James Myers and Paddy. But Paddy manages to clinch it with a five minute plank and gets himself the Plank Champion Trophy. Well done!

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Fleet TKD – Junior Plank Challenge

LEARN TKD Instructor Paul Adams decided to recycle some of his old trophies and so gave his junior classes a “Plank Challenge”. Winner of the Fleet class was 5th kup, Henry. 5 minutes and 18 seconds! Well done. It was a close call with so many students way over the 3 minute mark. Remarkable stuff.

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T-UK Championships and National team selection.

LEARN TKD’s Alton student, Cian Hosking 1st Dan, won GOLD in his division at the T-UK Taekwon-Do Championships on Sunday 16th July. The event was also being used for the National Team selections for the World Championships in Ireland later this year. So fingers crossed Cian may have landed himself a place with the National squad. Good luck Cian, everyone is hoping you get that spot!!

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VTA Black Belt Testing

14 hopeful students attended the first of this years Vision Taekwon-Do Association’s Black Belt testing on Saturday 15th July. A very demanding 9 hour testing for candidates hoping to be promoted to grades ranging from 1st to 3rd Dan black belt. So just enough time for a coffee for the examiners on the panel. Pictured from left to right – Mr Luke Thompson, 5th degree, Master Philip Lear, 7th degree and Mr Paul Adams, 5th degree. Examiner Mr Michael Turner, 4th degree was also in attendance to oversee the testing.

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LEARN TKD hopes to release news of newly promoted students very soon.

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Another Taekwon-Do related award!

LEARN TKD Taekwon-Do would like to congratulate Colin Faires who has just received an honour from the Queen!!

Colin trains with LEARN TKD at their Aldershot class in addition to his regular Army Taekwon-Do training. Please see the attached newspaper article for the while story…..

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“Exceptional Sports Person of the Year”

LEARN TKD Fleet are proud to announce their student Oliver Adams has been awarded the Rushmoor and Hart Primary Schools “Exceptional Sports Person of the Year” 2017 award.

Oliver was nominated by his school for the award, due to his commitment and success with sporting activities at school, but moreso his continual success with his Taekwon-Do. Organisers reminded all of the children nominated and in attendance, that just to be nominated for the awards ceremony was a great achievement, given there are some 9,000 children in the Hart and Rushmoor area. The nominations for Exceptional Sports Person 2017 were announced by Olympic medalist and former World Champion rower Debbie Flood, who eventually announced Oliver as the successful winner and presented him with award. Well done young man everyone is really proud of you.

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LONDON OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

Another excellent day for LEARN TKD at the London Open Championships on the 9th July.

Fielding a relatively small team of 15 competitors virtually everyone returned home with at least one podium position. Many notable performances including Ryan Potton (Alton) winning his first ever Gold medal in the sparring.

James Troughton (Alton) winning Gold medal in his first competition as a Red belt, in the combined Red and Black Belt sparring division.

Yellow Belt Joshua Costelo (Aldershot) winning Gold in the “flying side kick” event, beating a Black Belt in the final!

Oliver Adams (Fleet) winning Gold in Patterns and Gold in sparring despite being the smallest competitor in his division.

James Myers (Guildford) winning Gold in the Green Belt Patterns.

A selection of winners photos below.

 

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VTA Championships (2nd leg)

Sunday the 25th June saw local Taekwon-Do School LEARN TKD – ALTON hosting the second leg of the Vision Taekwon-Do Association 2017 Championships at Alton Sports Centre. 152 competitors from 14 Schools across Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent and strangely one competitor from Dubai!

Alton Instructor and competition host Paul Adams entered students from all four of his Schools (Alton, Aldershot, Guildford and Fleet) and was hoping several weeks of competition practice would pay off with some good results. Competitors ranged from both Coloured and Black belts in junior and senior divisions, competing in Patterns, sparring, power test and special technique events.

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The competition commenced with all junior competitors lining up with officials a brief rundown of the rules from Tournament director Mr Dunn and a formal briefing from Master Philip Lear. After the first few hours of the competition completed Mr Adams’s Fleet school were well in the lead, but being a junior Taekwon-Do school for only 6 to 11 years, knew they would eventually be overtaken by the schools with older children and adult competitors. But it was great to be out in front for a while. Local Alton competitors continued to stamp their authority on the event throughout the day in all elements of the competition, with some of the Alton students achieving Gold medals in all three of the categories. Excellent results and testimony to the high standards Mr Adams and his team of instructors adhere to in all of their classes.

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Eventual results finished with Alton winning the competition with 22 Gold medals, 9 Silver and 6 Bronze giving them a total of 90 points. Second place went to Tonbridge with 79 points and Crowborough finished in third place with 66 points. The children’s class in Fleet managed a very respectable 4th place with 47 points. Well done to all who took part, with thanks to the parents and well-wishers that supported the event.

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If anyone would like any information on training in Taekwon-Do they can contact Mr Adams on 07932 058059 or drop him and email at tkdclasses@outlook.com. His website is www.learn-tkd.com. LEARN TKD Alton are hoping to announce some very special plans in the next month or so, which will see them expanding to children’s and adult’s self-defence classes and also kick boxing. They do have waiting lists on some of their classes already, so please do get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested. Photos courtesy of Alton photographer Claire Lewis www.clairelewisphotography.co.uk/.