Author: Liv Proudley

Aidan Palmer wins Bronze in Freestyle Poomsae at French Open!

On 21st January Aidan Palmer represented GB at the French Open in Lille in the U17 Individual Freestyle category.
The freestyle category was the last event of the day, therefore Aidan had a long wait to perform.  However he enjoyed watching the poomsae competition and  having time to warm up on the mats.
At 12 years old Aidan was the youngest in his category and he was competing against competitors from various countries including Spain, Morocco, Denmark and France!
Aidan was 7th to perform in his category. He was nervous, this being his first International competition, but he kept his composure & performed his routine with confidence!
Aidan was very pleased with his score and knew he was currently just in the medal positions. Aidan eagerly watched the final competitors, knowing their score could make a difference to his final position.
To Aidan’s amazement & delight he stayed in his position and managed to secure a bronze medal!
Well done Aidan!!

Medals at the Student Championships!

Students (Paris / Akvile & Immi) from Dorset Taekwondo attended the Student Championships on 19th November 2017, Jean Brown Indoor Arena, North East London.

This was the first Student competition we had attended for a few years. However, the university circuit is getting a little more organised and since the competition wasn’t to far away we thought we would give it a try.

There ware nearly 300 competitors, adults only, split into A, B and C class according to their grade. Our three were all competing in A class which was interesting as it was on a different electronic scoring body and head protection system to what we are used to. This system was KP&P, rather than the Daedo which the club has and trains with. There is little difference, although different sensor socks were required (£50 for a pair – gulp). The KP&P system seemed a little better. it was easier to score with a turning kick, and never lost wireless connection during a match.

All the team won their first round matches. Ackvile and Paris winning by referee stopping contest. Ackvile was to strong for her shorter opponent; Paris took a little time to find her range, and then started scoring her now famous front hook kicks from close range. Immi had a tough opening match but went onto win on points.

Unfortunately (for the club), Paris and Immi met each other in the final. In this no holds barred match it went to golden point. Immi worked out how to cover Paris hook kick and scored underneath to take gold.
Akvile had an interesting final. Her opponent was kicked to the face by Akvile a couple of times and threw in the towel. Gold.

Massive Congratulations to Immi Hand and Akvile Janavicute for their Golds, and Parastoo Karimi for her Silver! Onwards to more university competitions, the BT Nationals, and The University nationals.

As always, it was a club effort with Laila Arbane, Lucy Lawrence volunteer judges for the day. Marcin Swedrzynski coached the players to victory, and Master Darren Naraine providing ongoing support and reffing!



Student Aidan Palmer off to the Poomsae National Championships!

On the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd December Aidan will be travelling up to Nottingham for the Poomsae National Championships to take part in the Freestyle Championships.

Aidan is excited to take part as involves a combination of passion for taekwondo & acrobatics.

Aidan has attended the GB Freestyle seminars leading up to the competition as there are certain compulsory elements which need to be included within his poomsae.

Aidan will be competing in the individual male 12-17 years category.  At the age of 12 this is the first time Aidan is able to compete in freestyle and  it will be an amazing opportunity to gain experience.

We wish him all the best!

Fireworks Demonstrations Go Off with a Bang!!

On Saturday 4th November, the Dorset Taekwondo Tigers geared up for the biggest event of their demonstration calendar – The Littledown Centre Fireworks Night Celebrations! The team has performed at this event for a number of years, and is always invited back. Again, BH Live put on a fantastic event, with three exciting firework displays, a fun fair, various food outlets and a number of different performances, along with a bouncy castle arena and soft play for the children, and the turnout was the best they have ever had!

The team arrived before the centre was locked down at 4pm, to lay out the mats for the demonstration, prepare the promotional materials and banners, and get in some last minute practice for the night ahead. There were two performances in amongst the firework and gymnastic displays, with some have-a-go sessions for the public in between. The team and other club members handed out over 150 sets of British Taekwondo bags, pens and wristbands, and even more flyers, so hopefully we will have some new potential members turning up for their free taster sessions in the coming weeks. We had the best support from non-demo team club members and parents yet, which was greatly appreciated and made the night much easier for the team.

Both demonstrations went off without a hitch! The team worked together flawlessly to perform a varied mix of board-breaking, fight scenes, tile smashing, kicking apples off swords, poomsae and backflips. The crowd were amazed and had to duck and dive out of the way of flying wood and apple, to much cheers and applause! The addition of ice blocks to the power breaking scene was brilliant, many spectators thought it was not possible and were amazed how easily Master Kjeld Smedley smashed through the ice. Well done to Kjeld for coming up with an innovative and exciting idea, which although was initially met with a few doubts, certainly paid off in the end! The team tried slightly shorter, more action packed demonstrations this year – both under 10 minutes and slick with seamless transitions.

In between the two performances, Master Darren Naraine and several members of the club were on hand to pass out flyers and BT promotional materials to the very interested public, and run have-a-go sessions, offering kids and adults the chance to kick pads and a dummy – which proved a hit with the neighbouring gymnastic squad! As per usual we had a whole hosts of parents wanting to sign up their 2 and 3 year olds, not something we currently market for, unless someone fancies running a taekwondo creche?

Congratulations and Well Done to the whole team for pulling off yet another fantastic event, showing off one of the many exciting elements of Taekwondo! You all worked incredibly hard and it clearly paid off, judging by the crowds reactions. Thanks to Master Alex Kay for doing such a fantastic job of running the team and co-ordinating these events as usual. Thanks to Master Naraine for supporting the team and running the have-a-go sessions, and to all other club members and parents who came along and supported the team and club as a whole.

The team will be performing their final demo of the year at the club seminar on December 9th. Please do not hesitate to contact Master Alex Kay if you are interested in training with the team, and performing in a demonstration in front of the rest of the club, friends and family!

Club Tracksuits / Polo Shirt / Hoodies ORDER FORM

Dorset Taekwondo Association Tracksuits, Polo Shirts & Hoodies 

We will be ordering another batch of top quality tracksuits and other clothing fully colour embroided with the club badge on left chest, club logo on left sleeve, and website address on the back.

To develop a feeling of ‘team’ we need to get all club members, players and officials into these tracksuits for attendance at all events including competitions and demonstrations.

Polo shirts can be worn during ‘development’ classes, but not during ‘core’ classes.

See link below for an order form and further details.

Further Details Order Form

New BLACK BELTS for Dorset Taekwondo

17th April 2016 was another great Day for Dorset Taekwondo Association.

After a gruelling test involving Patterns, breaking, 1-Step, and many many rounds of sparring the candidates were shattered.

Congratulations to Paul, Dennis, Abi, Laila, Connor and Morgan who successfully passed their Black Belt test.

Examiner Master Bell said,

” I flew down to Bournemouth (from Newcastle) for Dorset Taekwondo Dan Grading. As usual I received a very warm welcome by Master Naraine and his students.

It was an Excellent Grading and the candidates worked really hard. Once again a very high standard showing the work and commitment of the student.

Keep up the good work and look forward to the next time.”

The next Dan grading will be in October / November this year. If you interested speak to Master Naraine soon so we can work out a training plan.




dtkd Tigers Demo Restarts (Development Pathway)


Demo training starts back on Sunday 8th May, 1-3pm, Court 5, Littledown centre. Bring your nun chucks and your game faces, time to get back into it!

Spread the word to the rest of the team.
In addition, I intend to use the first 4 sessions in May as a ‘tryout’ period where any DTKD club member can have a go, so if you, or someone you know has always fancied giving it a shot, there’s no better time to get involved.
Demo classes are always included for gold members, and there is no cost for the 4 week ‘tryout’ sessions, so you really have everything to gain, and nothing to lose!

Click Here – For more info on the Development Pathways

Medal Haul at Chungdokwan Nationals

3 Players – 3 Medals

Well done to Laila, Lucy and Archie who took part in the Chungdokwan GB National Championships on (Easter) Saturday 26th March in Bracknell.

As always it was a long day. The small team, coached by Steve, were there at 8am for the weigh-in. With a Poomsae competition first the matches did not start until 1pm.

Up first was Archie who one his first 2 matches with some ease. His strength and spirit was really good. With some fine tuning of his skill set, and keeping up his training, he will be ready to move up to the advanced category. Archie narrowly lost the final in 3-2 in the last few seconds of the match. Brilliant result – SILVER| medal.

Laila had a tough match against a National Standard Competitor. She managed to steel a point but went 9-1 down getting caught by a flurry of headshots. Tough match but always lessons to learn and move on to the next – well done. BRONZE

Lucy had a very closely fought match. Lucy was knocked off her feet first kick of the match. She never lost her confidence and stuck to her game plan coming back to win the Match with a few 3-point headshots. GOLD

Coach Steve said “I was very proud of all of you it was a great day and everyone put in 100% effort.  I believe that you all went beyond  your own personal bests. We will put into practice all the thing we have learned for the next competition.”


dtkd attend GB Taekwondo Coach Development Day

dtkd sport tkd coaches Marcin Tata and Steve Winnington had a great day at the National Taekwondo centre in Manchester with the GB High Performance team.

Steve said, “Great to learn from the Olympic coaching team on how to improve our techniques and tactics. With fantastic sessions on Ring craft, strength and conditioning as well as nutrition and sport psychology. Marcin and I have learn’t lots to bring back to the squad and the club at large, to improve all aspect of our practice.”

Can you spot Marcin and Steve in the photo?

Patterns / Poomsae Development Classes (April May June 2016) UPDATED

Poomsae Development Pathway

Following on from dtkd medal success at the British International Open, the patterns / Poomsae development classes will replace the core lessons on a Monday 8-9pm and Saturday 11-12 on the following dates.

Whilst the classes will help you improve your poomsae for gradings, the target for these classes is to give you the opportunity to improve your poomsae in readiness for competition.

The National Poomsae Championships are in Nottingham on 5th and 6th November 2016. We plan to take a good size team to this competition.

Poomsae development classes are on the following dates  :-

Mondays 8-9pm (The Grange):

16th May
13th June

Saturdays 10-12 (Littledown):

16th April (Postponed due to Hall unavailable)
14th May
11th June

To compliment our classes we can also attend British Taekwondos Regional Poomsae Training sessions which are held every 8 weeks in Horley / Gatwick.

Picture Below shows Master Ali who Guest instructs (Poomsae) at Dorset TKD