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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/.

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Kup Testing Results

After the testing on 17th and 18th June, we would very much like to announce the following promotions…..

James Troughton Alton Promoted to 2nd kup
Taran Sangha Alton Promoted to 2nd kup
James Myers Guildford Promoted to 4th kup
Oliver Arkell Alton Promoted to 4th kup
Cerys Janaway Alton Promoted to 4th kup
Louis Wood Alton Promoted to 4th kup
Christian Mirandah Aldershot Promoted to 4th kup
Hillary Boxall Alton Promoted to 5th kup
Harry Hudson Alton Promoted to 5th kup
Barney Zengo Aldershot Promoted to 5th kup
Sonny Wood Alton Promoted to 5th kup
Henry Evans Fleet Promoted to 5th kup
Oliver Adams. Fleet Promoted to 5th kup
Joshua Costelo Aldershot Promoted to 6th kup
Jasmine Costelo Aldershot Promoted to 6th kup
Ryan Hilliar Aldershot Promoted to 6th kup
Michael Weston Aldershot Promoted to 6th kup
Garry Churcher Alton Promoted to 6th kup
Oliver Scobie Alton Promoted to 6th kup
James Lewis Alton Promoted to 6th kup
Richard Warren Alton Promoted to 6th kup
Henry Driver Alton Promoted to 6th kup
Harry Hayward Alton Promoted to 6th kup
Finn James Alton Promoted to 7th kup
Iain Miller Cook Aldershot Promoted to 7th kup
Simon Grainger Aldershot Promoted to 7th kup
Michael Champion Alton Promoted to 7th kup
Joshua Holloway Guildford Promoted to 7th kup
Stuart Auchterlonie Aldershot Promoted to 8th kup
Harley Russell Alton Promoted to 8th kup
Theo Sendall Alton Promoted to 8th kup
Claire Richards Aldershot Promoted to 9th kup

 

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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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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

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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.