Another Busy Weekend for DTA!

On Saturday, Aidan and Jemma attended a freestyle poomsae seminar in Aylesbury. Where they had good fun and improved their compulsory elements for freestyle poomsae.

Also at the weekend one of our students Evie competed in the ITF World Championship sparring competition. Despite not getting a medal in individual category; she won a bronze medal in her tag team event. Evie mentioned that she was out-boxed on some occasions (something that wouldn’t happen in WT sparring), I’m sure that with her skill and leg control she will adapt well to WT competitions.

On Sunday, a haul of medals were brought back from the British International Open Sparring. Hamza, Lucy and Lilly getting silver while Patryk and Andrew getting bronze. Well done Patryk for his fist competition and Andrew with his first for Dorset TKD competitive match. Amazing team spirit throughout the day with Marcin and Steve coaching. Lessons learned on a hot long day and great support.

British International Poomsae Championships For Aidan (July 2018)

Good Luck to Aidan Palmer who has been called up to the British Team at the British International Open this July 2018

Aidan earned his call up to the British Team after winning GOLD at Nationals at the end of 2017, then a BRONZE at the French Open, and then missed out on a medal by 0.1 points in Germany.

Aidans blend of Taekwondo and Parkour has resulted in him becoming 1st choice for the British Team in the under 17 freestyle category.

Good luck Aidan!

The club are obviously paying his entry fee, but he is looking for some further funding. Click Here from Aidans Crowdfunding page.


Bluewave Patterns / Poomsae Competition

Mixed Results at 2nd Bluewave open Poomsae competition.

On Sunday the 3rd of June, Dorset Taekwondo Association attended the 2nd Bluewave open Poomsae competition in Basingstoke with a 17 strong team including coaches, students and judges! While Marina and Paul were busy with their judging duties, the rest of us warmed up and practiced our Poomsae.

With Master Naraine and Master Smedley not making it to the finals in their division, they were able to concentrate on the rest of the team and their turns to take to the mats. It was very much a mixed bag of emotions and results, and while some won medals, others weren’t so fortunate.

Aidan Palmer won double gold in the U17 freestyle, and freestyle pairs with his younger sister, Hannah in her first freestyle event. Jemma Naraine didn’t medal in the freestyle, although she performed a great routine, but was happy when she won gold in her individual division. Maddie, Lillie, Diego, and Stephen & Gen in the pairs, all won medals. Every member of the DTA team, whether they won a medal or not, showed great spirit  and tried their hardest under very hot conditions. You all performed well, and made us coaches proud.

All in all we came away with 3 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronze medals. We also 8th place team out of 34 teams.

We have learned a lot form the competition, and have identified areas to improve upon for next time.

Hapkido Seminar (12th of May 2018)

In partnership with the Red Tiger Academy, and Master Andrew Chaney, Dorset Taekwondo association hosted it’s second Hapkido seminar last weekend to great reviews and feedback from those who attended. During the first session, all participants were taken through a series a break falls and rolls, designed to minimise the impact of falling, therefore making it possible to get up quickly and either run, or fight if running wasn’t possible. We were then shown a set of techniques to get out of various grabs and holds, ending in either throws or locks. The students all put in a great effort, and hopefully learned at least a few new moves that they can take away and practice.

The second session for the Dan grades involved knife defences and counters, which most had never tried, but again everyone tried hard, even though the reality of knife attacks became clearly apparent. Master Chaney showed was in great form and showed how these techniques look and how effective they can be when executed with speed. All in all, this was another successful seminar, and we look forward to October 2018 and the next Hapkido seminar.

Once again, we would like to thank Master Andrew Chaney for his time and knowledge, and also to Master Gerry Reilly and Jay Zaldua for their time and assistance on the day. Looking to the next seminar.

Demo Team (Dorset Taekwondo Tigers) Open Sessions (June 2018)

The Dorset Taekwondo Tigers will be running a Summer Demo classes, starting on the 10th June and running up until the 29th July with a demonstration at the Littledown Centre on the final day!

Classes are held on Sunday mornings, at the new time of 10am-12pm, on Court 5 in the Littledown Centre main hall, contact Master Alex Kay for more information or ask your club instructor! Note that it is important that you can commit during July as we will use these sessions to prepare for the Demo!

The 10th and 17th June sessions are open to all and should be seen as ‘have a go‘ sessions to see if you like it, (don’t feel that if you are more of a kyorugi or patterns player we wont find a place for you in the team!) then starting 1st July the demo preparation begins!

All Dorset TKD members welcome – We look forward to seeing both old and new faces on the 10th June!

Medal Hall at the Chungdokwan National Championships

On Saturday 24th March a combined team featuring players from both New Milton Taekwondo and Dorset Taekwondo took part in the Taekwondo Chungdokwan GB National Championships in Bracknell.

After an early start leaving home at 6.15 the team were weighed in for 8.30am. Then the waiting game with the matches starting around 11am. The novices were on non-electronic scoring, and the advanced on KP&P electronic truck protectors and headguards. The KP&P is a little different to the Daedo which we have in club, and it was good try try it.

Results were mixed with everyone earning medals. Some of teh matches were a little more difficult due to combined categories, but winners and loser both learned lessons and will improve for next time.

Highlights included Ken, in his first big competition, won 2 matches to win Gold. Coach Marcin Swedrzynski commented “Ken was great; he did exactly what he was told, he kept it simple and scored points against some much taller opponents.” Another highlight was Nico who moved up from junior to senior -87kg. Renowned National referee Tom Potts commented afterwards that it was the most entertaining and exciting match of the day finishing 29-28 to Nico. Finally Katie in her first competition kept her nerve and scored several headshots on her way to gold.

Master Naraine (Dorset TKD) and Master Ford (New Milton TKD) were really pleased. Both agree that having the two clubs / teams training together is really benefiting us all.

Full results

Katie – Gold
Kenneth – Gold
Nico – Gold

Lucy  – Silver
Adam  – Silver
Angailika – Silver
Tara – Silver

Paris – Bronze
Kailin – Bronze

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!!

Membership – How to JOIN British Taekwondo

Annual membership of British Taekwondo is a requirement for all members of Dorset Taekwondo. New members must apply by their third lesson to provide them with adequate insurance.

New Membership applications are now processed online via “The Hub”. They cannot be applied for via your club instructor or sent in the post. The system relies on you (or a parent) having an active email address.

The process is fairly simple.

  1. You complete the application online at “The hub” .
  2. You pay your club instructor the fee (£30)
  3. Your club instructor can login to a club portal and check / agree your application. Your instructor will then send payment to British Taekwondo.
  4. You will receive email notification of your membership status which will contain a pdf of your membership certificate. Keep this safe as it is spot checked, and is required at all events, seminars, and gradings.

Further step-by-step instructions showing screenshots of the process through “The Hub” can be found on the link below.

CLICK HERE – Step by Step guide to Joining British Taekwondo (pdf)

An video tutorial guiding you through the application process on The Hub can be found below:-

Judges Course 20th January (2018) – Christchurch

Dorset Taekwondo Association is running a judges course and on 20th January 2018 at the Grange School Dance Studio.
This classroom based course includes a new button pressing practical element, and a written examination. Successful candidates will receive official British Taekwondo Certification.

Details and application forms can be found below.

CLICK HERE to Open Course Information and Application Form (pdf)

In order to run events in the future Dorset Taekwondo need to get judges and officials qualified. Therefore the cost of the course (which includes a Nationally recognized certificate) will be subsidised by 50% for all Dorset Taekwondo members and volunteers who can judge during the match day on 21st January.

The closing date for application is Monday 15th January.

Please contact Master Naraine if you have any questions.

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!