Category: Sport Development Pathway

Sparring Classes 2020

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

Sparring Development Pathway Restart

Sparring development classes recommence on 7th September (2019), 11am – 1 pm (weekly) in Littledown main hall Court 5

In a small change to previous we need to remind you 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 fundemental 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 Master Tata.

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.

After a recent meeting with all the club coaches / instructors we have also decided to make the following changes in order to help you improve your sparring

  • Re-introduce Sparring into the regular CORE classes. (please get in the habit of bringing sparring equipment to every class)
  • The Monday 6.45-8pm class at the Grange School is also a Sparring Development class as above.
  • The Tuesday class 8-9.15pm at Beaufort will change from Sport / Sparring Development class to CORE class as the class felt to elitist, and it is in fact open to all.

Kixstar Open (London)

On Saturday 29th June 2019 a small team of players took part in the Kixstars Open in Horley, near Gatwick. It was a fair size competition with around 300 competitors.
Master Naraine was Chief Referee, Coach Marcin was competing, so Speed and Agility coach Jethro stepped up to the chair to look after the competitors.

Dorset Taekwondo team was Oli in the Advanced -87kg, Marcin on the Advanced +87kg and Sam in the Novice Child -29kg.

The following is an interesting view of a competition written by Sams mum.

“After driving up to the hotel the night before to get ready for the competition I had one very excited but nervous child.
On arriving at the competition venue the next morning we met the rest of the team ready for weigh in.  Fingers crossed that everyone was in the category they thought they would be!
As the only person there supporting the team and not competing I felt the nerves from all of them!
Sam was first up.  The nerves you feel as they head off to the ring.  Wanting him to get through the match and do well. He walked off with the coach who has been training him for the last year.  The coach who believes that he can do as well on the ring as he does at training.  I could then only watch by the side of the ring willing him on.
The relief every time he scored a point and wanting him to as well as I know he can. 
When he came out of the ring, no matter what the result, I felt like the most proud parent. Proud that my child could have the confidence to face his fears and get in the ring.  Having thought he was going to give up a year ago to now looking more grown up going into the ring.  He was sad as he didn’t win but I told how proud I was of him.  No one said it is easy going into a match.  Then watching him smile as he joins others training and watching his team mates matches.  Telling me he wants to do it all again
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The rest of the day was spent waiting for the other team members to have their matches.  All nervous for different reasons.  I felt nervous for them!

It was a very tiring and emotional weekend.  Seeing them all smiling at the end of the day was inspiring! “

After Sam was Oli. Oli had a close match against a very intimidating opponent. It went 11-11 after the three rounds putting them into a Golden Round. Unfortunately Oli was countered kicked and lost in the last few seconds of he golden round taking home a well earned silver. 🥈

Coach Marcin showed true indomitable spirit. Coming out of retirement (again) to play a competitor nearly 20 years younger than him! In a really close match with a rapid exchange of rib breaking techniques Marcin was eventually beaten into Silver 9-7 on points.🥈

Medal Success for DTA this Spring

Its a busy time of year for most of our regular competitors as they have exams. However, this spring Evie and Patryk have managed to continue training regularly, and have taken part in the London International Open and the Welsh Open.

Both did really well winning medals and learning lots from their experiences. Evie did particularly winning GOLDs at both competitions. The matches were videoed and both players have learned more by analysing their performance second by second allowing them to spot their own strengths and weaknesses.

There are several competitions in June and July 2019. The Saturday sports classes will stop for August depending upon who commits to the National Championships which are likely to be towards the end of September.

2019 Match Days and Competitions

As we begin 2019 I thought it would be a good idea for us to map out the upcoming match days and competitions which we are going to target as a club this year. This will help us work towards the challenges ahead and make sure that we are continuously working towards our goals The main goal for everyone is the same:

To get better than I was yesterday!

The below lists shows all the match days and competitions which we are going to target as a club, that is not to say that you need to go to all of these but obviously the more times you compete the more experience you will gain. Many of these events have closing dates which are fast approaching and they are filling up fast. Please review the list and get back to me as soon as you can so we can plan. I may not be able to attend all the events but we will have DTA representation at them all. Please return the form below by Saturday 2nd March so we can properly plan and get the entries organised.

Download / Complete and Return FORM (pdf)

DateEventLocation HostCost
16/03/2019Waterside Match DaySouthamptonWaterside£10
07/04/2019London ChampionshipsLondonAquila£35
28/04/2019UTF National ChampionshipLondon UTF£35
05/05/20192nd Wales OpenCardiffLantwit Major£35
16/06/2019UTF Capital CupLondonUTF£35
23/06/2019Dorset Match DayBournemouthDTAtbc
29/06/2019London KixstarCrawleyKixstar£35
14/07/2018British International OpenLondonUTFtbc
15/09/2019Dorset Match DayBournemouthDTAtbc
28/09/2019BT National ChampionshipsTBCBTtbc

Some of the links above are live links to the site so you can view the number of entries.

Match Day Report & 100s Photos (13th Jan 2019)

A massively successful day or Dorset Taekwondo Association (DTA). We had 82 players from 6 local clubs come together and play matches against each other. Thanks to Waterside Taekwondo all matches were on full Electronic scoring equipment (body and head) / PSS. We also had full size hexagonal rings as well as judges and referees. All matches were 3 x 1.5 minutes.
15 DTA players took part and had great learning experiences. We usually have to travel hundreds of miles, and expensive overnight stays in hotels, for a similar experience. Our players will have to tell you there own stories about their matches.
Thanks to the support from Volunteers, Parents, and Coaches without whom the event would not have been such a success! Perhaps we should do it again later in the year??

See below some photos of our team of players and volunteers.

You can also view all (nearly 1000!) of the photos here. Please feel free to use these photos for personal use, please tag the photos #dtkd #dtkdmatchday if you use them on social media.

SITUATION VACANT- Kyorugi / Sport Development Pathway Coach.

SITUATIONS VACANT- Kyorugi / Sport Development Pathway Coach.

Dorset Taekwondo Association is currently looking to expand our coaching staff. We are currently looking for a coach to assist in our (Competition Sparring) Sport Development Pathway.

Dorset Taekwondo has been running for nearly 30 years. We currently have 11 classes a week across the Bournemouth & Christchurch area. We have approx 180 members between ages of 6 and 60. In order to progress different aspects of Taekwondo we run “Core” classes and “Development Pathways”. More information can be found here.

We currently require a coach to assist and cover on Saturday 11-1pm. The coach will be able to plan and run engaging sessions with the lead coach, and cover in his absence. The club has a kyorugi development plan which is the basis for our club / player development.
Dorset Taekwondo is a not-for-profit organisation. Expenses can be paid, and full training including a level 2 certification & first aid is available for the right candidate.

For an informal discussion please contact Master Naraine on info@dtkd.co.uk