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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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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