We are once again into the exam season and many children and parents will be doing everything they can to help with their exams so to achieve the best possible results.
Many children will stop participating in sport and exercise during their exams but a study by The Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) has found that taking part in sports will have no effect on results.
The study analysed the GCSE results of 1,482 male and female students from 19 independent schools, and examined the effect that participation in sports had on their results.
In fact, taking part in sport appears to have a lot of positive impact. There is no evidence that people involved in sport get any worse GCSE results. They are however happier, mentally healthier, less anxious and more resilient and robust. Taking part in sport on a regular basis is not doing any harm and it is doing them good, there is an abundance of benefits to sport and wellbeing and it plays a vital role to a balanced and healthy lifestyle and the findings in this research strongly suggest that students revising for their GCSEs or A-levels should not abandon sport.
The profile of “super performers” was also examined in the research. Students, who were the very top academic performers, played a lot of sport as well as achieving the highest grades in their class.
Aside from providing a well-needed break from the marathon revision, when our bodies engage in exercise, it triggers the release of various hormones and chemical compounds in the body. These hormones and chemical compounds all have very important effects on a variety brain functions.
What endorphins are released during exercise, and how they help
Serotonin – involved in regulating sleep patterns and improving mood.
Dopamine – positively influences learning and attention span.
Norepinephrine – affects motivation and mental stimulation.
Combined with an increased blood flow to the brain, this concoction of hormones and neurotransmitters improves cognitive function and the ability to focus for longer time periods. Which translates into higher quality revision sessions and a higher chance of achieving your target results.
Research also shows that exercise significantly reduces resting levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, allowing you to spend less time worrying and more time getting work done.
Not only that, regular exercise has also been shown to increase the size of the part of the brain involved with memory retention, the hippo-campus.
Taking all of this into account I strongly believe and encourage children to continue participating in sport during the run up to exams as it is good for them to have a balance of activities, also integrating exercise into a revision timetable promotes discipline with time management.
On Sunday 19h May, Rory was competing in the Welsh Championships in Cardiff with over a thousand other competitors.
It was another successful competition for Rory with him wining a silver medal in his sparring and gold in the strike pad event.
Congratulations Rory and keep up the hard work.
Sunday 5th May 2019
Schedule is as follows,
01.00pm - 02.30pm black belts 1st & 2nd Dans.
02.30pm - 04.00pm black belts 3rd Dans +
04.00pm - 05.00pm red belts (red belts only, no catch ups for black belts).
All of the above at Derby Arena, Royal Way, Derby DE24 8JB.
Please remember students need to bring their licence with a current licence slip attached & £7.
I have been informed that there will be limited parking for the first session due to Derby playing that day so please get there early to make sure can park!
The Kobukson, also known as the turtle ship was a large Korean warship that was used by the Royal Korean Navy during the Joseon dynasty, 15th century and 18th century. The Kobukson was used in the fight against the invading Japanese and is said to be the precursor of the present day submarine. The name “turtle ship” derives from its protective shell-like covering and is often recognised as the first armoured battleship in the world.
Turtle ships were equipped with at least five different types of cannons. Their most distinguishable feature was a fierce fire breathing dragon-shaped head at the front of the ship that could launch cannon fire or flames from the mouth. Each ship had a shell-like covered deck to protect against arrow fire, musket shots, incendiary weapons. The covered deck also had iron spikes to prevent the enemy from attempting to board the ship.
Below is a fantastic video all about The Kobukson and is well worth a watch.
Heels together, toes apart.
Weight distribution 50/50
One shoulder width wide measured from little toes.
Weight distribution 50/50
One and a half shoulder widths wide between big toes.
Weight distribution 50/50
One shoulder width wide between centre of the insteps. One and a half shoulder widths long between big toes.
Weight distribution 50/50
One and a half shoulder widths long between the rear foot sword and front toes.
Weight distribution 70/30 (Back leg/Front Leg)
COURTESY (Ye Ui)
INTEGRITY (Yom Chi)
PERSEVERANCE (In Nae)
SELF CONTROL (Guk Gi)
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT (Baekjool Boolgool)
Explanation of the tenets of Tae Kwon Do
The tenets of Tae Kwon Do play a huge role in the success of ones Tae Kwon Do training. Any serious student of the art should observe and implement the tenets to the bet of their ability.
COURTESY (Ye Ui) 예의
The showing of politeness in one's attitude and behaviour towards others.
Students of Tae Kwon Do should endeavour to practice the following fundamentals of courtesy to build up their noble character and to conduct training in an orderly manner.
INTEGRITY (Yom Chi) 염치
The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
In Tae Kwon Do, the word integrity assumes a wider definition than the one usually presented in the Dictionary. One must be able to define right and wrong and have the honesty, if wrong, to feel responsibility.
Listed below are some examples, where integrity is lacking:
PERSEVERANCE (In Nae) 인냬
Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
There is an old Oriental saying, "Patience leads to virtue or merit." "One can make a peaceful home by being patient for 100 times." Certainly, happiness and prosperity are most likely brought to the patient person to achieve something, whether it is a higher degree or the perfection of a technique, one must set their goal, then constantly persevere.
Robert the Bruce learned his lesson of perseverance from the persistent efforts of a lowly spider. It was this perseverance of tenacity that finally enabled him to free Scotland in the fourteenth century. One of the most important secrets in becoming a leader of Tae Kwon Do is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance.
Confucius said; "One who is impatient in trivial matters can seldom achieve success in matters of great importance."
SELF CONTROL (Guk Gi) 극기
The ability to control oneself, in particular one's emotions and desires, especially in difficult situations.
This tenet is extremely important both inside and outside of the dojang, whether conducting oneself in free sparring or in one's personal matters. A loss of self control in free sparring can prove disastrous to both student and opponent. An inability to live and work within one's capability or sphere is also a lack of self-control.
According to Lao-Tzu "The term of stronger is the person who wins over oneself rather than someone else."
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT (Baekjool Boolgool) 백절불굴
(Pronounced beckjool boolgool)
To show courage when you and your principles are pitted against overwhelming odds.
A very good example of this tenet is when Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermopylae stood up to Xerxes and his elite vast army. Indomitable spirit was shown when a courageous person and his principles are pitted against overwhelming odds.
"Here lie 300, who did their duty." A simple epitaph for one of the greatest acts of courage known to mankind.
A serious student of Tae Kwon Do, will at all times be modest and honest. If confronted with injustice he will deal with the belligerent without any fear or hesitation at all, with indomitable spirit, regardless of whosoever and however many the number may be.
Confucius declared: "It is an act of cowardice to fail to speak out against injustice." As history has proven, those who have pursued their dreams earnestly and strenuously with indomitable spirit have never failed to achieve their goals.
If you’re interested in starting Tae Kwon Do but are afraid that you’re too old, you are not alone. Many adults want to start Tae Kwon Do but they never make it to a class simply because they let their age stop them. But think about this: if you don’t even try, you won’t know what you’re missing out on!
If you have or are considering starting but you’re afraid of being too old, remember that age is merely a number and it doesn’t define you and your ability to thrive in the dojang. Instead of just thinking about it, why not take action and book or go for that first class now?
Here are five reasons why you’re never too old to start Tae Kwon Do
1. Tae Kwon Do is excellent for stress relief
Life can be hard, stress and anxiety are on the rise. A little Tae Kwon Do training is a great way to take the edge off. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush from sparring, the stress release from punching and kicking pads, or the focus of practising patterns, chances are that Tae Kwon Do will provide a way of managing your stress in a healthy and enjoyable way that works for you.
Tae Kwon Dot doesn’t just give you a needed break from the challenges of life outside of the dojang. It also assists you to develop the tools that will help you combat stress in other aspects of your life. Physical activity and mental training are effective ways to manage stress, and Tae Kwon Do training provides both of those in a safe, friendly and fun environment.
2. It’s a fun way to develop and maintain physical fitness
Getting and staying fit takes work and it can be a challenge if you’re not into weight lifting and aerobics classes offered by your traditional gym.
Tae Kwon Do lessons offer adults a way to challenge crucial components of physical fitness including strength, cardio, balance, flexibility, and agility in a fun and non-judgemental environment.
Whether you’re looking for the intense warm-ups, pad routines, and sparring or the low impact endurance training of line work, patterns and theory Tae Kwon Do training offers an extensive variety of options for people of all needs and levels of fitness who are looking for a new way to improve their wellbeing.
3. Tae Kwon Do can provide you with vital self-defence skills
It’s better to be safe than sorry, you don’t know what’s round the corner and some sound self-defence training is beneficial to people of all ages. Tae Kwon Do lessons can provide you with practical techniques that you can apply to real life situations that will help give you the confidence and skills to help to protect yourself and your loved ones in the real world.
Good Tae Kwon Do training will also help you gain the ability to think on your feet, prevent situations escalating and when to fight and when to run, which is an important but often overlooked component of self-defence.
4. Tae Kwon Do is great for your social life
Some health professionals say we are currently in a "loneliness crisis", medical studies have associated loneliness with costly physical and psychological ills, loneliness has been proven to be worse for health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, Countries such as Japan, China and South Korea report similar problems, and in January Theresa May appointed the world's first “minister of loneliness” to address the issue here in the UK.
Tae Kwon Do is a great way to improve your social life for a number of reasons. Most training takes place in an encouraging and fun atmosphere, helping you to relax and be yourself amongst new people. Tae kwon Do can also be relatively non-competitive, because it focuses on individual development and accomplishment. Your fellow Tae Kwon Do practitioners are there to help you and each other be the best that they can be, not compete against you, which makes for a very positive environment to build new friendships in. Tae Kwon Do introduces you to some of the finest, coolest, most thoughtful, respectful, and interesting people you’ll ever meet.
5. It’s never too late to get into shape
Each and every day is a new chance to work on becoming an improved version of yourself, and Tae Kwon Do can help you to get there. From the physical to mental, there’s no doubt that regular Tae Kwon Do training will help you to get into the best shape ever, whether that be martial artist or as a person.
Tae Kwon Do encourages continuous self-improvement. As a result, you would constantly be working towards becoming a better version of yourself and eventually evolve into everything you wish to become in life.
It may be cheesy but, it helps to remember that you only live once. So don’t let your age stop you from unleashing your greatness!
To celebrate the New Year we are giving away a Tae Kwon Do uniform.🥋
To enter all you need to is:
like our Facebook page @MalpasTKD
Share the giveaway post
Tag any friends that are interested in starting Tae Kwon Do.
Click below to be taken to our Facebook page where you can enter, Good Luck!
This give away is open to any of our current students and anyone thinking of starting Tae Kwon Do.
The winner will be chosen at random, contacted for required size of Tae Kwon Do uniform and to arrange collection at any of our training sessions.
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
North 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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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!
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
There 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.
This 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.
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.
We 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.
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.
Students grading for their black belts in April are required to attend the following sessions.
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.