In 2018/19 we changed some of the CORE sessions, and ran some extra Poomsae DEVELOPMENT pathway sessions, in readiness for competitions and gradings. In 2020 we will do similar – further sessions in addition to the below, might be organised if sufficient people want to prepare for competition.
As before the following CORE sessions (on Mondays / Thursdays and Saturdays) will be dedicated to Poomsae Development Pathway Classes.
Well done to all of you who completed the 2020 Goals online feedback questionnaire. 21 people participated and received a club wristband and car sticker.
The answers you provided have been shared to the club coaches and we can help tailor your training.
Its important to set goals for yourself, as without it is difficult to progress. Ideally your goal should be SMART. Specific, Measurable, Realistic, Achievable, Time constrained. The graphic above shows the key words that frequently came up in the respondents goals.
Feel free to discuss your goals with your club instructor.
Sparring development classes recommence on Monday 6th January (2020) 6.45-8pm at the Grange School
There are 2 specific sparring classes a week:- Mondays 6.45-8pm at the Grange School Saturdays 11-1pm court 5 at Littledown.
The sparring coaches recently met and discussed the plans for the first part of 2020. We feel that many of you need specific GOALS / TARGETS to aim towards. Therefore we have decided to run the classes in specific BLOCKS. At the end of each block we have a target event such as a match day or competition. We have also written a specific lesson plans for the block.
The first couple of end of BLOCK EVENTS are:- Sat 8th Feb Matches (mostly just our club) Littledown court 1 & 2 11-2pm Sunday 22nd March – competition Bracknell (80 minutes drive – no overnight accommodation required)
Just a reminder that these classes are aimed not only at those competing at National events but also for Green tags and above seeking to either learn or improve their sparring technique– which forms a fundamental part of the grading syllabus.
Lessons include high intensity speed and agility training specific to Taekwondo with coach Jethro (40min), and sparring techniques / drills and practice with Marcin, Jon and Darren.
Body armour can be provided but, at some stage, you should consider purchasing shin and forearm guards which will be required as you progress.
There is no extra cost for these Development Pathway sparring classes as they are included in your monthly training fees.
Other Competitions for your diary
9th May Aquila Open – Docklands, London 27th June Kixstar Open – Crawley, London 4th October Aquila Open – Docklands, London
We at Dorset Taekwondo want you train more in 2020. It is difficult to progress past green tag only training once a week and most of you want to progress to black belt and beyond.
Nearly 40% of club members only train once a week (or less) – therefore (those on monthly payment SILVER) can train at as many classes as you want (in January) for FREE (usually £6 per extra class).
To make this FREE training even better there a 2 further promotions.
1. Complete this simple online form (link / button below) to tell us about the extra class / classes you attended. Attend a extra class and fill in this online form, and you’ll get entered into the FREE prize draw to win a bundle of club merchandise to the value of £30. (the winner will be announced on club social media on 2nd February 2020). Just to be fair to those already on GOLD you to can fill in the Prize draw entry if you attend a extra class outside of your normal classes (We have a accurate register so can check!) You can also fill in the prize draw form every time you attend an extra class on January – More training = More chances to win,
2. If, at the end of January, you choose change your payment method from SILVER to GOLD you will receive £30 of sparring equipment or club merchandise. (subject to availability)
On 30th November a small team from Dorset Taekwondo went to Worcester to take part in the British Taekwondo National Poomsae / Patterns Championships. There was nearly 600 athletes from over 60 clubs around the UK it was one of the largest and most competitive ever held with athletes all vying to become British Champion 2019.
Our team consisted of Angailika, Gabby, Jemma, Darren and
It was a very long day with our first players on at 9:30am;
then back on at 7:30pm. Staying focused for so long was very difficult. There
was mixed performances throughout the day and a lot of lessons learned. In an
amazing finish our Freestyle competitors gave great performances with Bronze
for Jemma, Silver for Aidan, and GOLD for our new NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Jemma and
Aidan (Under 17 Pairs Freestyle).
On Saturday 8th December we had our Annual Awards and Party night. It was a great night with nearly 150 people attending. 2019 was a very successful year for our club/members. After a lot of discussion between the coaches the awards were given out as follows. (Photos of the Award winners are shown below)