On Saturday 30th October students from Whitchurch, Malpas and Oswestry Tae Kwon Do competed in the North Wales Inter Club Championships in Wrexham. For most of our students this was their very first competition or their first competition for a long time due to COVID.
I am very proud of all our students that entered the championships. Competing in competitions is not all about winning, it is invaluable in helping to improve your Tae Kwon Do, gain experience performing under pressure and learn new skills.
Many Congratulations to our Medal Winners
Saskia Lockley - Gold in Girls Yellow Belt Patterns.
Lily Ryder - Silver in Girls Red Belt Sparring and
- Bronze in Girls Red Belt Patterns.
Rob Lloyd - Gold in Men's Green Belt Sparring.
Ryan Stonier - Gold in Men's Red Belt speed kicking and
- Bronze in Men's Red Belt Sparring.
Carys Williams - Bronze in Girls Green Belt Sparring.
Carl Willmott - Silver in Man's Black Belt Sparring and
- Bronze in Men's Black Belt Sparring.
Sam Fielding - Silver in Boys Black Belt Sparring.
Dexter McArdle - Bronze in Boys Black Belt Sparring.
Congratulations and Well done to all of you!!
I’m very pleased to announce that we will have a new class at Whitchurch starting Thursday 27th August. This class will be 6.30 - 8.00pm in the sports hall at Whitchurch civic centre and is replacing the Malpas Thursday class.
This class is suitable juniors, adults and families.
Thursdays 18.30 - 20.00
Whitchurch Civic Centre
High St, Shrewsbury,
We have had a very busy few weeks of Tae Kon Do with grading and competitions with lots of success.
On Saturday 21st September we had our colour belt grading in Newcastle with Grand Master Sergiew. There were 15 students grading and we achieved a 100% successful pass rate.
On Saturday 5th October was the North Midlands Area Championships in Nottingham. There was over 250 people participating at the competition and we had 7 students competing in a variety of events. For many of our members this was their first ever Tae Kwon Do competition. We were extremely successful and every one of our students came home with a medal and we had a total medal haul of 16. Gold x 8, Silver x 2, Bronze x 6.
Thomas - 2 Gold & 1 Bronze
Henry - Gold & Silver
Dexter – 3 Golds
Isobel – 2 Golds & 1 Bronze
Ryan – Bronze
Sam – Bronze
Ashton – 1 Silver & 2 Bronze
Congratulations to all of you that competed and for all the dedication, hard work and skill shown.
Want to take your sparring to the net level?
What are the benefits?
The squad training sessions are supervised by national TAGB team coach Master Kenny Walton. They are however of benefit to all, at all levels. Your physical fitness will improve, your technical ability will get sharper, you will learn new things, you'll be given the opportunity to take your performance to a new level and you'll meet some great people on the day.
Who can attend?
Anyone who has a currently valid TAGB licence, make sure you have it with you so it can be shown if asked for. You must be training with your TAGB Instructor regularly and have their permission to attend.
What is the Cost?
The squad sessions costs £5
What do I need?
Your valid TAGB licence, (please take it with you, we might need or ask to see it), loosely fitting clothes, trainers, full set of TAGB sparring equipment that is in good working order, A skipping rope and a tagb approved focus pads could also be useful if you have them, lots of water and the expectation to work hard.
Due to the Bank Holiday and venues being closed there will be no training on Saturday 24th August or Monday 26th August, I hope you all enjoy your bank holiday weekend.
Sunday 13th October 2019
2.30pm - 4.00pm - THIS SESSION ALLOWS ANY STUDENT FROM 2ND KUP TO 4TH DAN TO ATTEND AS A CATCH UP.
Belper Leisure Centre John O'Gaunts Way, Belper DE56 0DA.
Saturday 9th November
12.00 – 1.30pm – 3rd Dans and above
1.30 – 3.00 pm – 1st & 2nd Dans.
3.00 – 4.00 pm – Red Belts, THIS SESSION IS FOR RED BELTS ONLY, BOTH 2ND & 1ST KUPS.
Bilborough Sports Centre, College Way, Nottingham NG8 4DQ.
Please remember students need to bring their licence with a current licence slip attached & £7. If you are attending a Red Belt session or a catch up session you must be registered and need to let me know the date you wish to attend.
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.