Video from the TCGB All-In-One Seminar 2019

A short video from the TCGB All-In-One Seminar 2019 last weekend in Swanmore! 🎥

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TCGB Dan Grading Applications

TCGB is holding its next Dan Grading on Sunday 8th December 2019 at Swanmore College, New Road, Swanmore, Southampton, SO32 2RB. The Dan Grading application pack can be downloaded from the Downloads page.

Note, the application pack has changed since the last Dan Grading. We now apply for Kukkiwon certificates electronically so passport style photographs must be emailed to the TCGB Secretary General, Natalie Mestry (sec@chungdokwan.org.uk) in advance with the full name of candidate as the file name. Please type information directly into the form, print and sign with a pen signature. Please also use the new bank details to pay your grading fees.

All forms and documentation must be submitted by 11am on Sunday 24th November 2019, before the start of the Pre-Dan Grading Seminar. We encourage instructors to post/email a scanned copy of applications in advance so they can be checked before the deadline.

The Pre-Dan Grading Seminar is taking place on Sunday 24th November from 11am-2pm at Swanmore College. The seminar is now open to 4th Kup (blue belts) and above. It is strongly advised that anyone wishing to take part in the Dan Grading attends this seminar. The cost for the seminar will be £10 per person, with registration from 10:30am.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact. Best wishes for your grading preparations 🥋

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TCGB All-In-One Seminar 2019

Thank you to everyone that attended the TCGB All-In-One Seminar yesterday in Swanmore – over 100 of you! A special mention and thank you to all the instructors that led or assisted sessions throughout the day, passing on your wealth of knowledge.

Grandmaster Lindsay Lawrence, Master Lee Taylor-Lawrence and Jay Patel put students through their paces with sparring drills and competition training 😅

Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe, Master Rob Mcdonald and Master Raymond Michael worked with students to improve basics and poomsae performance 👌

Master Rastra Rai, having led the group warm-up, introduced Army-style self-defence, while Master Michael King and Master Steve Aldis focused on breaking preparation and technique 💥

We hope you enjoyed the event and learned something new, building friendships within our association. Best wishes in your continued training and we look forward to meeting up again soon!

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Message from Grandmaster Biddlecombe

Dear Instructors/Members,

This is a polite reminder of the upcoming TCGB ‘All-In-One’ Seminar 2019 scheduled at the end of this month. The event will be on Saturday 26th October in Swanmore, 11.30am – 4.30pm.

I will keep this message short as I’m sure we are all busy with clubs starting up after the holiday period. The focus for the seminar will include sparring (Grandmaster Lindsay Lawrence), poomsae (Grandmaster Biddlecombe and Master Rob McDonald) and Army-style self-defence (Master Rastra Rai), among other sessions. It is most welcome to see senior Master grades supporting the association, helping with the training and sharing their expertise. This is part of the work that Grandmaster Lawrence and I, and the TCGB Committee, have been working on – training together, in friendship, to promote health. Master black belts, please do let me know if at this event (or other events in the TCGB calendar) you would like help out in any way.

This promises to be a very exciting event. I have no idea what Gurkha warrior skills will be exhibited! Grandmaster Lawrence is fresh from the Hungary Fight Camp, while Master McDonald and I will work closely together to boost poomsae performance. There will also be a short Instructors meeting during the lunch break.

Thank you – keep training hard!

Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe
TCGB President

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Message from Grandmaster Biddlecombe

Dear Instructors/Members,

I am pleased to announce that I have successfully passed the Kukkiwon 1st Class Master Course in Muju, Korea. I would like to thank TCGB for the support and encouragement to undertake this training course. This accomplishment shows how far we have progressed and the recognition achieved as an association.

I am the first TCGB member to have attained this qualification and would encourage Instructors within our group to take up this challenge. The course comprised of self-defence, sparring and poomsae sessions. Lectures included the history of Taekwondo, philosophy and teaching methods.

It is important to set personal goals, within realistic timescales, so that we have a sense of achievement and also feel good about ourselves. TCGB are currently making plans for the All-In-One Seminar next month (26 October, Swanmore). Keep exercising, keep fit and I look forward to training with you at this long-standing event.

Thank you again for your support and hard work. May we continue to train hard together and enjoy the challenges and learning that Taekwondo presents.

Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe
TCGB President

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TCGB Dan Grading – June 2019

Congratulations to all successful candidates at the TCGB Dan Grading in Kingston last weekend!

   

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40th Anniversary Celebrations at SUTKD!

A short report from Southampton University Taekwondo Club (SUTKD) Instructor, David Honey on the club’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Congratulations to Southampton University Taekwondo Club (SUTKD) on celebrating the club’s 40th anniversary (1979 – 2019). On Saturday 11th May 2019, the club held a special training session, bringing together past and present students and instructors as well as members of our wider association (TCGB) to celebrate this wonderful milestone.

Arriving in Southampton in 1978, Too Meng Ken from Singapore, a black belt in Taekwondo, practiced by himself in the Southampton University Judo Room as there were no Taekwondo clubs in the south outside of London. He inspired interest among others who wished to learn from him and soon had a group training regularly.

In 1979, they established Taekwondo as a recognised Athletic Union club within the university, with a membership in 1980 of 76 (including Master Graham Jones who started at the club as a white belt and is now 7th Dan). Meng Ken’s reputation as an inspirational instructor soon spread, with so many non-university students keen to sign up that he was persuaded to open a club in the city, with many other clubs in Hampshire and Dorset following. Now nearly all towns and suburbs in the area have a Taekwondo club, most of which could trace back links to Meng Ken’s clubs.

Master Jones continues to train and inspire others, pictured at the special training session in the gold poomsae dobok. The club (and particularly Master Jones) has a strong history in supporting and developing university student Taekwondo, as a pioneer club of the British Student Taekwondo Federation (BSTF). SUTKD have won the BSTF National Championships on several occasions, most recently 6 years in a row between 2010 and 2015.

Following the special training session and to mark the club’s 40th anniversary, a few congratulatory words were said and Master Jones cut a cake alongside current Chief Instructor of SUTKD, Master Cliff Lee. In addition, TCGB President Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe presented Master Jones with his 7th Dan Chungdokwan certificate and plaque. Attendees had the opportunity to catch up with old friends over a drink and some cake. Many brought along a range of memorabilia such as photos, trophies and newspaper articles to reminisce about the club’s history and their time training at the club.

Thank you to all that came to support the event and all those who have contributed to the success and longevity of the club over the years.

Here’s to another 40 years of Taekwondo at SUTKD.

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Message from Grandmaster Biddlecombe

Dear Instructors/Members,

The TCGB Pre-Dan Grading Seminar on Sunday 26th May (tomorrow) will cover one-step, self-defence, breaking and poomsae. All 6th Dan and above instructors within the association will be expected to attend the Seminar and instruct. High grades who are testing will not be asked to teach. Please inform the TCGB Secretary (Natalie) or myself if you are available to help.

The seminar will be led by Grandmaster Lindsay Lawrence and I. Thank you!

Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe,
TCGB President

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Message from Grandmaster Biddlecombe

Dear Instructors/Members,

Wow – what a fantastic day we had celebrating the 75th anniversary of Chungdokwan (1944 – 2019). Thank you to those that attended the special celebrations and thank you to our members for your continued support.

The special event included a training seminar led by Grandmaster Byeonghyun Shin of Chungdokwan Korea, followed by a celebratory dinner at a Korean restaurant. The dinner included speeches by Grandmaster Shin and I, with gifts of appreciation handed out to the TCGB Committee for all their exceptional hard work.

To conclude the evening, there was a karaoke party – great fun! Among others in attendance, Grandmasters Shin, Lawrence and I all took turns with the microphone. I believe our Taekwondo is better than our singing.

All in the spirit of Taekwondo.

Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe,

TCGB President

 

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TCGB Seminar with Grandmaster Byeonghyun Shin

We look forward to welcoming you to the seminar with Grandmaster Byeonghyun Shin of Chungdokwan Korea this weekend – don’t miss out!

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