Message from Grandmaster Biddlecombe

Dear Instructors/Members,

Congratulations to all those who attained their goal at the Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain (TCGB) Dan Grade Promotion Test last weekend. A special “well done” to the long-standing instructors of the association whose performances were inspiring and professional.

Overall, the standard has increased which was reflected in the high pass rate. I am confident that participants who just missed out this time will achieve their goal in the near future; December is the next opportunity to test.

Remember, the many routines of the grading must be well rehearsed. For example, patterns must be demonstrated without any hesitations. Practice until the performances flow without any conscious thought; without thinking about what technique comes next. This will demonstrate to the examiners that practitioners have been training hard and are confident in what they are doing.

Also, techniques must be demonstrated with a degree of power. Sharp actions with snap and twist. Simply “walking” through the routines, lacking the martial art “fighting spirit” is viewed as underperforming.

Thank you to all the participants, instructors, parents and committee members who have continued to support TCGB and making this event possible. I look forward to the next event and I am sure we can progress and develop further, together.

Train hard, enjoy the challenge and learning that Taekwondo presents.

Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe,
TCGB President

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