<![CDATA[Whitchurch, Malpas & Oswestry Tae Kwon Do - TAGB Tae Kwon Do martial arts - Blog]]>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 21:53:50 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Christmas gifts for martial artists]]>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 20:51:16 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/christmas-gifts-for-martial-artists​Finding the perfect gift for someone who is into martial arts can be difficult, there is an array of products but sometimes they are overpriced, not suitable or both. I have selected some of my favourite items that are tried and tested and some that are on my wish list. If you do purchase any of these items please use the links below, it helps this site if you do.
One of the first items I selected and have talked about before is a book called A Killing Art by Alex Gillis. This book talks about the history of Tae Kwon Do, General Choi and how Tae Kwon Do came about. If you want to further your knowledge of Tae Kwon Do I would recommend this book highly and there is a new revised edition out now.
Next up is another book, this one written by Grandmaster C.K. Choi and its called, Traditional Martial Arts Philosophy. Drawing from their many decades of experience as traditional martial arts practitioners, competitors, teachers, demonstrators and advocates, Grand Master C.K. Choi and Master Tom Thurston succinctly and effectively present the essence of what it means to be a true and dedicated traditional martial artist. 
Through an eloquent balance of poetry, parables, insights, quotations and muses, Choi and Thurston clearly reveal that becoming and remaining a true and complete traditional martial artist requires more.
Moving on from great reads that further your knowledge of Tae Kwon Do we can start looking at training aids.

​A great training aid for many reasons is a skipping / speed rope. When I was training a 4 to 5 times a week I would often use my speed rope before or / and after a training session. Speed ropes have many benefits helping to improve cardio, co-ordination, muscle tone, stamina and much more. You don’t need much space to use and they are inexpensive, a perfect stocking filler.
I often get asked by students, how do I improve my stretch, whats the best stretch to do, whats the quickest way improve my flexibility? Firstly there is no quick way to improve your flexibility, it takes time and lots of practise. I love assisted stretching, for me it works the best and I can really push to the limit and relax (Which is important), but if you’re practising at home and don’t have any one to assist you or training alone a stretching aid might be worth looking at. I don’t have a leg stretcher but have often thought about getting one, so it’s on my wish list. They come in all shapes, sizes and prices with entry level ones costing around £15 and higher priced items costing £250. If you happen to get a stretching machine let me know your thoughts.
After a nice warm up and stretch you might want a work out practising your Tae Kwon Do on a punch bag. There are loads of punch bags to choose from and it can be overwhelming. I have used loads of punch bags, pads etc over the years and my favourite by far is the BOB XL. It’s a high end punch bag and some of you might be put off by the price but I can’t praise it enough, I’ve had mine many years now with no problems and the children at Tae Kwon Do love it.
After a hard day of training I like to use a foam roller or massage roller. They can take a little bit of getting used to especially the massage roller if it isn’t smooth (sometimes advertised as Trigger point Therapy) but they are very useful and inexpensive.
I hope you have found this information useful and if you have any questions or would like help choosing the correct product for you or present please feel free to contact me.
If you are thinking of purchasing any of the products featured on here please follow the link provided, it helps this site if you do.
<![CDATA[Black belt training, november 2018]]>Sun, 04 Nov 2018 14:43:35 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/black-belt-training-november-2018

Black Belt & Red Belt Training 

day 11th November 2018 is the last compulsory black belt training of the year. The session is being held at Belper Leisure Centre 1.00 – 3.00 pm.
After the black belt session there is an extra red belt training session 3.00pm - 4.00pm.
Both sessions to be run by Grand Master Sergiew.
Any student attending the red belt session can register on the day approx' 1/2 hour before the start time.
All students attending either session should have their licence with them to be stamped and it should be in date.

Black Belt Courses

Below is a list of the first lot of courses for black belts, please remember that form need to be in a minimum of one month before the course date so you need to start planning now. Forms are on Dropbox.

2nd   February - Umpires Course Part 1 - Willenhall Community Centre
9th February -  Umpires Course Part 2 - Willenhall Community Centre
10th February -  Referees Course Parts 1 & 2 - Willenhall Community Centre
<![CDATA[more medals!!!]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:22:11 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/more-medalsNorth midlands Area Championships Success
On Sunday 2nd we had students competing in the North Midlands Area Championships in Derby Arena. The competition saw over 400 people from across the country competing in a mixture of events.
We had students competing in patterns, sparring, team sparring and strike pad power tests.
Rory Tinsley won gold in Boys strike pad power test, hand technique, middle weight.
Sam Fielding received gold in Boys strike pad power test, hand technique, heavy weight and Bronze in boy red belt patterns.
Chris Southan competed in men’s heavy weight strike pad power test.
Dexter McArdle – the group's youngest competitor – competed in boy’s blue belt patterns and boys blue belt sparring.
Matt Hanks competed in men’s green belt sparring and men’s middle weight power test.
Dan Valentine received bronze in men’s blue belt patterns and men’s heavy weight blue belt sparring.
Lily Ryder won gold in girl’s green belt tag team sparring and bronze in girl’s green belt sparring.
Rebecca Manford competed in lady’s black belt patterns and also helped in umpiring at the event.
We even made the local news, to check out the article follow the link below.
Once again it was another very successful competition for Whitchurch, Malpas and Oswestry Tae Kwon Do and lots of experience gained. So far this year every competition we have entered we have returned with medals, Well done to everyone that took part and keep up the good work.
<![CDATA[World Championships Success]]>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 17:12:06 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/world-championships-success
​On Saturday 21st July Whitchurch, Malpas and Oswestry Tae Kwon Do travelled to the Birmingham Arena for the 12th Tae Kwon Do International World Championships where over 2000 hopefuls, from every continent of the world battled to be crowned the best in the world.
Hosted by the Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB), 22 countries sent their best competitors to compete in an exciting selection of events in the Tae Kwon Do World Championship.  The two-day tournament saw some of the world’s best fighters, patterns technicians and destruction champions come together to battle it out for the title of World Champion. 
We had six students, Dexter, Rory, Daniel, Emma, Matt and Carl competing across a variety of events in this great competition. All of them put in lots of hard work, effort and training in the lead up to this event and it paid off.  Well done to all of them for their tremendous effort and a huge congratulations to our medal winners,  
Dexter, 3rd, Boys blue belt, sparring
Rory, 3rd, Boys blue belt, strike pad (power test), hand technique
Emma, 2nd, Ladies, Blue belt, Strike pad (power test)
Carl, 1st (World Champion) – Men’s, blue belt, strike pad (Power test) – 3rd Men’s, Blue belt, sparring – 3rd, Men’s colour bet tag team sparring.
Competitions are not just about winning medals or trophies, they are also about learning, gaining experience and having fun. We had a fantastic day and cannot wait for the Scottish championships in September.  
<![CDATA[The heat is on!!!]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:16:15 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/the-heat-is-on
Exercising in the hot weather, for me personally I love training in the hot weather, the sun puts me in a good mood for training, my body feels flexible, I know it’s going to be a hard workout and very beneficial. However, exercising in the hot weather can dangerous.

Exercising in hot weather puts extra strain on your body and If you’re not sensible and don't take care when exercising in the heat, you can risk serious illness.
Exercise, the air temperature and humidity can all increase your core body temperature. To help cool itself, our bodies circulate more blood through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which will increase your heart rate. If the humidity also is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn't readily evaporate from your skin. That increases our core temperature even higher.

So what can we do to reduce the risks of exercising in the hot weather?

  • Dress appropriately. Lightweight, loose fitting clothing helps sweat evaporate and keeps you cooler. Avoid dark colours, which can absorb heat. White Doboks are ideal training and if it gets very hot replace your Dobok top with our club T-Shirts.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Help your body to sweat and cool down by remaining hydrated with water or a sports drink. Sports drinks can replace the sodium, chloride and potassium you lose through sweating. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink fluids.
  • Know your fitness level. Don’t overdo it, be extra cautious when training in the hot weather. Your body may have a lower tolerance to the heat. Reduce your exercise intensity and take frequent breaks.
  • Outside Training. If we train outside you should take extra precautions. Wear a hat and sun lotion. Sunburn decreases your body's ability to cool itself and increases the risk of skin cancer.
Pay attention to your bodies warning signs

When you are exercising during the hot weather watch out for signs and symptoms of heat related illness. If you ignore these symptoms, your condition can worsen, resulting in a medical emergency. Signs and symptoms may include:
  • Dizziness or feeling light headed
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Muscle cramps
  • Feeling unwell, nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Excessive sweating
If you develop any of these symptoms, you need to lower your body temperature and get hydrated immediately. Stop exercising and get out of the heat.
To help lower your body temperature, remove extra clothing and/ or sparring equipment. Placing cool wet towels or ice packs on your neck, forehead and under your arms can help. Drink fluids such as water or a sports drink. If you don't feel better within about 20 minutes, seek medical assistance.
We can avoid heat related illnesses by being sensible and taking some basic precautions. So when the sun is out and the temperature rises we can keep kicking.

<![CDATA[A Busy few months]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:37:30 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/a-busy-few-months
The past few weeks have been full of Tae Kwon Do action and will continue in the next few weeks too. 
We started at the end of May with the Welsh Championships in Cardiff, where we had five students competing, Chris, Emma, Dexter, Carl and Amelia. I would like to say a big well done to all of them for competing. It was a day of new experiences for a lot of them. It was Dexter and Amelia's first competition, Carl's first time sparring in the continuous sparring format and Chris's first time sparring in the Men's black belt heavy weight category.  
Congratulations to Emma who came away with third place in the woman's red belt sparring .
There are lots of positives to take from their performances and areas for improvement we can work on. 

​After the Welsh Championships all attention was focused on the up coming colour belt grading at Whitchurch.
This was a very special grading for me in many different ways, but the most significant, it was our last club grading with World Mater Brian Towndrow and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all he has done for me personally, our clubs, the North Midlands Area and the TAGB. He will be missed greatly and I wish him all the best in the future.
I feel those grading gave a  strong performance, with many getting an Advanced pass so well done to all of you and it was a nice send off for Master Towndrow. 
Photos of the belt presentations can be found on our Facebook group. www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10155608199595905&type=3
I would also like to thank all of the black bets that gave up their free time to help with the grading, without their help the grading would not run ass smoothly as it did so thank you!
Whitchurch Tae Kwon Do students receiving their new belts and certificates from the last colour belt grading.
Malpas Tae Kwon Do students receiving their new belts and certificates from the last colour belt grading.
Malpas Tae Kwon Do students receiving their new belts and certificates from the last colour belt grading.
Oswestry Tae Kwon Do students receiving their new belts and certificates from the last colour belt grading.
Oswestry Tae Kwon Do students receiving their new belts and certificates from the last colour belt grading.
Chris being presented his 1st degree black belt certificate by World Master Towndrow at the colour belt grading
Chris being presented his 1st degree black belt certificate by World Master Towndrow at the colour belt grading
Up and coming events​
Coming up next is the World Master Minott Semiar at Whitchurch on Saturday 23rd June. I cannot recommend this seminar enough. Master Minott is a fantastic coach and a great guy. Whatever your experience you will gain something from this seminar.  
This event is open to all TAGB licensed, if you'd like to attend please speak to your instructor or contact me to book your place.
TI World Championships 
On the 21st and 22nd July the TAGB are hosting the Tae Kwon Do International World Championships in Birmingham Arena. 
​All information along with entry forms can be found on the World Championships website
<![CDATA[Bank Holiday 28/05/18]]>Sat, 26 May 2018 09:00:00 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/bank-holiday-280518There is no training at Malpas on Monday 28th June 2018, as the school is closed due to the Bank Holiday. Have a nice day.
Classes are running as normal the rest of the week and through the holidays.
<![CDATA[World Master Minott Seminar, Saturday 23rd June, Whitchurch]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 14:02:52 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/world-master-minott-seminar-saturday-23rd-june-whitchurch
I am pleased to announce that World Master Minott is coming to Whitchurch, Malpas and Oswestry Tae Kwon Do to hold a Seminar. Mr Minott is one of the great Tae Kwon Do coaches with years of experience and success. 
The Seminar will take place at Whitchurch Leisure Centre, 10.30 -12.20, on Saturday 23rd June and is open to all TAGB licensed members. If you are from another TAGB and wish to attend please speak to your instructor.
 This is great preparation for the up coming TI World Championships in July, to improve your Tae Kwon Do skills or just to train with a fantastic coach. 
I look forward to seeing you there!
<![CDATA[Welsh Championships 2018]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:41:55 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/welsh-championships-2018This years TAGB Welsh Championships will be held at the University Of Wales, Cyn Coed Road,Cardiff on Sunday 20th May 2018.
There are divisions for everyone, Juniors, Cadets, Adults, Executives, Team Events and The Ultimate Striker.
Entry forms can be downloaded from our Dropbox folder or see us at class for a copy.
<![CDATA[Gum Shields, why we need them and my recommendations]]>Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:23:36 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/gum-shields-why-we-need-them-and-my-recommendations​When taking part in sparring a gum shield is essential. Wearing a gum shield will significantly reduce the risk of dental injuries. However, it is important to remember that no gum shield will completely eliminate the risk of injury, but this risk is significantly reduced from not wearing one at all.
To ensure that your risk of injury is minimised you need to make sure that your gum shield is comfortable to wear, fits correctly so it stays in place and is maintained. 
Cleaning and inspecting your gum shield between uses will help the life of your gum shield. If your gum shield is showing any signs of wear and tear, then replacement is advisable.
There are an abundance of gum shields with a variety of colours, styles and prices. A basic gum shield costs around £4.50, the most expensive option is a custom made gum shield costing around £80.
I have had various gum shields over the years but my favourite is my current gum shield, the Shock Doctor Gel Max Mouth Guard. I like the Shock Doctor range because they are comfortable, cool looking and a reasonable price.
If you’re looking for a new gum shield, then check out the links below at some of my favourites and if you purchase through the link it helps out this site.
<![CDATA[Weekend of Tae kwon do]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:32:15 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/weekend-of-tae-kwon-doWe have a busy weekend of Tae Kwon Do ahead of us, starting with the colour belt in Newcastle and then the English championships in Worcester.

The colour belt grading is being held at Newcastle College the address is: Gordon Banks Sports Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Knutton Lane, Staffordshire, ST5 2GB.
​The grading will start at 11am and all grades need to be there ready to start at this time please.
Because of the grading there is no training at Whitchurch on Saturday (24th March,) training at Whitchurch will resume on Saturday 31st March.
On Sunday 25th March we are heading to the university of Worcester for the 2018 English Championships where we have students competing and officiating. The running order is below, so you can see which area you will be competing on.
​All competitors to arrive by 9.00 am.
​Reports are coming in about long delays in Worcester city center.
To make sure you arrive on time and are ready to compete in your event.
Please see the map below which shows a route in blue which comes in from the west to miss the city centre road works. 
Good luck to all our students that are grading and competing this weekend, enjoy your weekend of Tae Kwon Do.
<![CDATA[Black belt mock grading, april 2018]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:26:22 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/black-belt-mock-grading-april-2018​This weekend see’s the start of the April 2018 black belt grading process with the mock grading in Belper, Derbyshire. We have two students taking part and I would like to wish them the best of luck.
The details of the mock grading are below.

Start time: 13.00
Please make sure you arrive there in plenty of time.

Venue: Belper Leisure Centre, John O'Gaunts Way, Belper DE56 0DA.

<![CDATA[A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:47:19 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/a-killing-art-the-untold-history-of-tae-kwon-doIf you are interested in the history of Tae Kwon Do, General Choi, Korean history or martial arts in general then this book is a great read.
Writen by Alex Gillis a investigative journalist who has trained in Tae Kwon Do for over 25 years, this book looks into the history and tales around Tae Kwon Do and how it all started. 
Sometimes I find people do the minimum theory for gradings and that’s it, it’s a real shame because the story of Tae Kwon Do is very interesting.

If you are interested in buying this book to further your Tae Kwon Do knowledge please use the link below.
“Obscure documents, Korean-language books, and in-depth interviews with tae kwon do pioneers tell the tale of the origin of the most popular martial art. In 1938, tae kwon do began at the end of a poker game in a tiny village in a remote corner of what is now North Korea by Choi Hong-Hi, who began the martial art, and his nemesis, Kim Un-Yong, who developed the Olympic style and became one of the most powerful, controversial men in sports. The story follows Choi from the 1938 poker game where he fought for his life, through high-class geisha houses where the art was named, and into the Vietnam War where the martial art evolved into a killing art. The techniques cut across all realms—from the late 1960s when tae kwon do–trained Korean CIA agents kidnapped people in the United States and Europe to the 1970s when Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and other Hollywood stars mastered the art’s new kicks. Tae kwon do is also a martial art for the 21st century, one of merciless techniques, indomitable men, and justice pumped on steroids.”
<![CDATA[Black Belt Grading April 2018]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:00:00 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/black-belt-grading-april-2018Students grading for their black belts in April are required to attend the following sessions.
Mock Grading 
Sunday 18th March, 1.00pm
Belper Leisure Centre, John O'Gaunts Way, Belper DE56 0DA.

Black Belt Pre Grading Training 
Sunday 8th April, 13.00 to 14.30 
Belper Leisure Centre, John O'Gaunts Way, Belper DE56 0DA.
Black Belt Pre Grading Training
Sunday 15th April, 13.00 to 14.30 
Derby Arena, Royal Way, Pride Pkwy, Derby DE24 8JB, UK

The black belt grading will be held in Bristol on 20th, 21st & 22nd April.
<![CDATA[TAGB ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:00:00 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/tagb-english-championships-2018This years TAGB English Championships will be held at Worcester
Arena on Sunday 25th March 2018. 
There are divisions for everyone, Juniors, Cadets, Adults, Executives, Team Events and The Ultimate Striker.
Entry forms can be downloaded from our Dropbox folder or see us at class for a copy.
<![CDATA[Colour belt grading 3rd march]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:07:37 GMThttp://tagb-taekwondo.co.uk/whitchurch-malpas-oswestry-tagb-tae-kwon-do-blog/colour-belt-grading-3rd-march​The next colour belt grading is on Saturday 3rd March at Newcastle College address: Gordon Banks Sports Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Knutton Lane, Staffordshire, ST5 2GB.

Entry forms are on Dropbox. 

The deadline for entries is Saturday 24th February.