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Goals Goals Goals 2020

We at Dorset Taekwondo want motivate you to help you achieve YOUR GOALS.

After thinking about your goals you need to write them down and share them with other people. This will help your focus and motivation.

Share your Taekwondo goals with us by filling in this simple online form (link below), and receive some FREE CLUB MERCHANDISE.

Fill in the online form (link below) and we will give you a club wristband and car sticker.
(we might anonymise your goals and publish them on our social media)

Dorset Taekwondo Assc Awarded ‘clubmark’

Dorset Taekwondo Association is proud to announce it has just been granted (November 2019) the nationally recognised Clubmark award. To achieve this Sport England accreditation our standards of coaching, safety, fairness, safeguarding and management were all externally assessed and we have been found to be a well-run club.

Our assessor was particularly impressed when he visited a training session stating there was a “confidence and supportive atmosphere”, “excellent inclusion” and a “positive and safe environment for the activities of the club to take place”

Clubs awarded Clubmark can be very proud of what they have achieved. This has only been made possible through all the hard work and dedication of its Chief instructor, management, coaches, volunteers, students and all members. Clubmark awarded clubs demonstrate a commitment to developing junior sport. It means parents can be assured that their children belong to a safer club. Members can be sure their club is a well-managed club, striving to offer the best in coaching and sports development.

This Nationally recognised Sport England Accreditation has been the culmination of many hours work over the 2019. Policies and Procedures have been reviewed and rewritten. A special mention to DTA coach Paul Western who literally had sleepless nights in the run up to the audit.

Paul Western and Master Naraine celebrating Clubmark at the 2019 End of Year Party.

Dorset Taekwondo Hanmadang Competition

A Parents Perspective

“I must admit I was more keen than my daughter was when I first brought her along to a TaeKwonDo class. 

I started Judo age 6 and fell in love with it,  (some would say I was slightly obsessed).

Whilst all my friends gradually stopped training I loved to train and compete and I went on to take over teaching the club I originally joined aged 6. 

In the 25 years of doing Judo and 10 years of JuJitsu I was clear on all of the benefits doing a Martial Art had brought me both as a child and as a young adult , because with the training, the belts and the medals came the confidence and discipline that became instilled in me and I was very keen to get my children into a martial art at a young age. 

I did my research … Olympic Affiliated with structures in place, a contact sport but not too much at a young age , training by age and grade, competitive but supportive , not extortionate fees and local . TaeKwonDo and specifically DTKD it was!

Having taught young children of various abilities myself I was immediately impressed with the skill, warmth and patience of my daughters instructor – particularly as she was not as keen on coming as I was!

Fast forward three years and my daughter is now in love with the training, the learning, the fitness and the team spirit of DTKD ,  and I have no doubt she will go on to achieve great things in this sport because she loves it and because this is a fantastically supportive club. 

She now trains twice a week but would probably go to ever class if I could physically get her there. 

Her confidence is rapidly growing , which is no accident as it is clear that this is what the club promotes and was emphasised by the recent Hanmadang (festival) that the club organised.

This was a competition organised, set up and run by the club. It was an amazing non profit making event. Filled with volunteer referees and judges, parents providing tea, coffee and snacks all brought together by the club for the benefit of children and adults alike from DTKD sand other TKD clubs showcasing their TKD ability. 

In my 25 years of competing at Judo competitions I have never been at such a well run, friendly and supportive event. My daughter was initially very nervous at attending a large event for the first time but was welcomed with friendly faces and encouragement to give it a go and enjoy herself . She received warm words and a friendly smile from both club members and non club members alike such that by the time she started her first event she was raring to go. 

She did not medal in her first event but was not phased and by the end of the day she walked out on a cloud with 7 medals! It’s fair to say she enjoyed every single minute of the day.

The day was superbly organised, each event in a separate area , continually rotating so that (very impressively) those competing were never sat around for long! 

All ages and grades were accounted for, those younger and less experienced were separated off for some events but allowed to compete with some higher grades in other events to give everyone a chance to  shine but equally not to be intimidated. It was such a great day that I know overcoming her nerves to attend and coming home with a handful of medals and a feeling of being good enough to win them will encourage and motivate my daughter for years to come!

Whilst the event itself was a fantastic day,  it is the DTKD club and all volunteers who should be congratulated not just for the Hanmadang (festival)  but on successfully achieving a balance of promoting competition, whilst creating a wonderful sense of team with all of the encouragement and support that comes with that. 

I’m very glad I did my research as we are now proud to be part of wonderful club that I am positive will be fantastic for my daughter for years to come. 

Now onto her little brother!”

Open Day 2019 (Report & Photos)

We had approx. 50ish participants for our annual Open Day. This years theme was ‘Bring a Friend’ with one lucky member winning £50.

The day kicked off with a performance by our Demo team ‘The Dorset Taekwondo Tigers’. Then a quick warm up, and participants, aged 6-60, tried various activities including breaking, self-defense, demo kicking, sparring, and fitness activities. Great fun was had be all.
Well done Ula who was lucky enough to win the Prize Draw.
We hope you enjoyed the day. If you have any feedback on how to make it better next year please let your instructor know.

Loads of amazing photos are available below. Please remember to tag the club (and photographer) if you use them on your social media #dtkd #hindellphotography

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Stourfield Junior School (After School Club) Sept 2019

TAEKWONDO CLASSES – Age 7+ Stourfield Junior School (After School Club – term time only)
Fridays 15:30 – 16:30 – School Hall – (Suitable for Years 3-6 (Age 7+))

There are so many benefits (both Physical and Mental) from practicing Taekwondo. Parents tell us that as a result of their child training with us they have noticed :-

Improve fitness.
Gaining confidence
Improved Focus / Discipline
Meet new friends / Learn new skills / Have Fun.

Taekwondo is characterised by speed and agility. Classes are a fun, safe way to learn an established martial art, taught by a highly experienced instructors (DBS Checked and Insured).

Both of my children have trained at the Stourfield after school class. We have noticed the benefits to them in there concentration and behaviour. My eldest has now left Stourfield but continues to train with the group in their regular classes” Emma – mum of two boys at Stourfield School.

This after School club benefits from being part of Dorset Taekwondo Association which has regular classes in the area 48 weeks a year. Regular nationally certificated gradings and access to competitions from Regional Level up to International level. Discounted rates available if members from the after school club want to top up their training at other classes.

Limited Spaces Available – for more information or to book your FREE taster session please contact us :-
on 07789 107157 info@dtkd.co.uk

Dorset Taekwondo Have-a-go-sessions at the Grange School

 

Dorset Taekwondos Satellite Club at the Grange School ran Have-a-go-sessions for over 100 year 7 and year 8 school children on 22nd & 23rd February 2017.

Master Naraine (Chief Instructor) had prepared some fun introductory sessions to engage the participants as much as possible. With the help of Dennis, Jon, and Lucy (who got out of regular school classes to assist as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award.) we delivers four 45 minute sessions.

Participants were given some Merchandise provided by British Taekwondo (BT)  and Dorset Taekwondo Association (DTA) including a Bag, Pen, Bracelet, and Keyring. Since DTA has received funding from Sport England via the Satellite Scheme we are able to offer massively reduced training fees, uniforms and memberships for people coming to the club from the Grange School catchment. (More info)

School PE Teacher Mrs Potifex said “The kids absolutely loved it – we cannot wait for you to come back.”

 

Satellite Club Funding (Year 2)

Satellite Funding

Dorset Taekwondo Association (DTA) is pleased to Announce that in conjunction with Active Dorset we have secured Year 2 Satellite Funding. The idea is to make it easier for young people to try a new sport, or to stay in a sport. The year 2 funding can be used for new students coming into the Satellite Club, or to continue to support funded students into their second year.

The funding will be used to improve access to classes for people (ideally aged 11-25) in the Grange School (BH23) catchment area.

With the funding DTA will reduce the costs for participation by making only a small fee for classes, giving uniforms away at cost, and reducing the cost of the annual insurance / licence to only £10 per year.

This offer has limited availability. Please fill in the contact form below, or email Master Naraine for more details and a FREE Trial Voucher.

A report on the British Taekwondo website about Dorset Taekwondos Community activities, including the Satellite Funding, can be found here

 

Satellite Funding

Satellite Funding

Dorset Taekwondo Association (DTA) is pleased to Announce that in conjunction with Active Dorset we have secured some Satellite Funding. The idea is to make it easier for young people to stay in sport, or try a new sport.active dorset

The funding will be used to improve access to classes for people (ideally aged 11-25) in the Grange School (BH23) catchment area.

With the funding DTA will reduce the costs for participation by making only a small fee for classes, giving uniforms away at cost, and reducing the cost of the annual insurance / licence to only £10 per year.

This offer has limited availability. Please fill in the contact form below, or email Master Naraine mailto:master@naraine.co.uk for more details and a FREE Trial Voucher.

 

A report on the British Taekwondo website about Dorset Taekwondos Community activities, including the Satellite Funding, can be found here

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Picture shows Master Naraine and students from the Grange School holding their FREE bags after DTA run demonstrations during School assemblies.

 

 

Children in Need 2016

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Dorset Taekwondo Association had our annual Children in Need fund raising event on Thursday 12th November at the Littledown Centre. Participants donated a pound or two and trained in Onesie’s / Pyjamas / or Fancy Dress.  Training was a “near normal session” with a few team games thrown in for fun. See photos below –

In Total we raised £82 – well done everyone