TCGB National Championships 2019

Thank you to everyone that supported the TCGB National Championships 2019 – a celebration of 75 years of Chungdokwan.

Well done and thank you to all poomsae and kyorugi competitors, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators. It honestly couldn’t have happened without you. There were wonderful poomsae performances, spirited sparring contests and many friendships made and renewed over the two days.

We hope you enjoyed the event and we look forward to seeing you soon, starting with the seminar on Saturday 13th April led by Grandmaster Byeonghyun Shin!

Poomsae team results:

PositionTeam
1st PlaceUK Martial Arts and Fitness Academy (UKMAAFA)
2nd PlaceLLTKD
3rd PlaceSagarmatha Taekwondo Dojang (STKDD)

Kyorugi team results:

PositionTeam
1st PlaceSagarmatha Taekwondo Dojang (STKDD)
2nd PlaceN.T.C.
3rd PlaceUK Martial Arts and Fitness Academy (UKMAAFA)
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Message from Grandmaster Biddlecombe

Dear Instructors/Members,

Thank you to everyone that attended the TCGB National Championships 2019 in Bracknell last weekend. Without your continued and loyal support, the Championships would not be successful and enjoyed by everyone, year after year.

A special thank you to the TCGB Tournament Committee for all the hard work in the organisation and running of the event. Personally, I cannot take any credit for this excellent work as I am not part of the Tournament Committee. However, I am currently working and aiming to conduct a special Instructors and high grade (black belt) “Training Day” in the summer. News of this event will follow at a later date.

I would also like to thank those that helped out with the running of the tournament over the two days, particularly officials (referees and judges), volunteers, first-aid and the TCGB Committee members. A huge well done and thank you to you all.

Well done to all the competitors. I hope you enjoyed taking part and gained valuable experience for future events. I also hope you all liked the new design of the medals. This change was to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Chungdokwan – a wonderful achievement!

On a slightly different note, it was really nice to see many TCGB Instructors at the competition and I really appreciate the nice comments surrounding my recent 8th Dan Kukkiwon promotion.

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 AGM 2019

Thank you to all those that attended the TCGB AGM on Sunday in London. We hope you found the discussions informative and constructive – looking forward to a great year ahead!

Congratulations to TCGB Technical Director Master Michael King who was presented with his 7th Dan Chungdokwan Korea certification and plaque.

   

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Message from Grandmaster Biddlecombe

Dear Instructors/Members,

Thank you to all Taekwondo Chungdokwan Great Britain (TCGB) members for your continued support, honesty and trust. This year we have seen progress in strengthening relations with our Chungdokwan friends at home and overseas. I personally have just returned from South Korea and presented Grandmaster Park Hae Man with a Christmas card on behalf of our association.

A special thank you to the TCGB committee for helping us meet the many challenges of 2018. I would also like to say well done to those candidates that have recently attended the winter TCGB Dan Grade promotion test in Swanmore.

2019 looks to be an exciting year – in particular, please make a note in your diary for the TCGB National Championships planned over two days, 23rd and 24th March at the Bracknell Leisure Centre. This will be a special event commemorating Chungdokwan’s 75-year anniversary. A special celebration dinner is also planned on the Saturday evening.

In 2019, we will continue to hold instructor/black belt meetings, while we are also planning to introduce instructor/black belt training sessions. The aim is to enjoy training together, learn and improve overall standards within TCGB.

The next opportunity for our members to meet will be at the TCGB AGM on Sunday 3rd February. Registration from 1pm at the Manning Room, Roman Catholic Church of St Ignatius of Loyola, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 6QB. It would be great to see members and especially instructors and senior grades in attendance. 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.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe,
TCGB President

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Training video from CYTA and SUTKD

Short video from a training session last weekend, led by TCGB Sport Development Officer Master Dean Gibbs, where Southampton University Taekwondo Club (SUTKD) visited Chung Yong Taekwondo Academy (CYTA). Hard work and friendship.

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TCGB All-In-One Seminar

There were over 70 participants at the TCGB All-In-One Seminar in Swanmore on Saturday. A huge thank you to all the instructors that supported poomsae, sparring and self-defence sessions. So much knowledge within the association which you are passing onto the next generation!

Also, during the seminar, Technical Director Master Michael King and Vice-President Grandmaster Lindsay Lawrence recreated a photo from over 40 years ago (see below). This is the family spirit that makes Chungdokwan!

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Message from Grandmaster Biddlecombe

Dear Instructors/Members,

TCGB is delighted to be hosting another All-In-One Seminar on Saturday 27th October. Grandmaster Lindsay Lawrence and I hope to see Instructors and members of all grades attend this special event. The opportunity to train together, meet other students and Instructors is an important part of Taekwondo practice. This is in keeping with the spirit of the martial art. In addition, there will be an Instructors meeting conducted at the end of the training day.

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

Grandmaster Mark Biddlecombe
TCGB President

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Competition Training

In preparation for the Chungdokwan Open 2018 in Ireland, TCGB Vice-President Grandmaster Lindsay Lawrence has arranged additional training at the Ark Academy on 15 and 29 September (12-3pm), as well as Tiffin School on Mondays (7-9pm) and Thursdays (6-8pm) from 24 September. The sessions will cover both poomsae and kyorugi. £5 per session. We hope to see you there – all welcome, even if you are not able to attend the competition.

Ark Academy, Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9JP

Tiffin School, Queen Elizabeth Rd, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 6RL

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Chungdokwan Open 2018, Ireland

TCGB is looking to send a team to support the Chungdokwan Open 2018 in Ireland, 20-21 October (see flyer below), hosted by Master Sheamus O Neill. If any TCGB members are interested in competing (poomsae and/or kyorugi) or officiating at this event, please send an email to Natalie (TCGB Secretary General) via sec@chungdokwan.org.uk and we will look to coordinate plans.

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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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