March Update

Here’s a quick update of things going on at the club from the last few months.

Due to the currently lockdown we are not taking new students but we do have a waiting list for when things get going again. That said, it is unlikely that when classes do start back we will be able to take new students due to space restrictions – whatever they maybe. It is not clear from the governments road map out of lockdown when we will be able to resume. It looks likely that we will be able to do some outdoor sessions in April and children’s classes ‘might’ be able to resume after Easter. Adults may have to wait until middle of May but again, this could all change.

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Grading in the park

We are looking at arranging more 1-2-1 gradings in the park for those that are ready. So make sure you study hard!

New 3 and 2 step sparring videos have been uploaded to the members page for the yellow and green belts looking to grade soon.

Start em young! Jack is fascinated by Master Barada

Mr Thompson and Mrs Sweeney have been keeping up their skills and teaching methods by attending quite a few online courses provided by the ITF (ITF Online Technical Seminar (3 days), ITF Kids Courses (3 Saturday sessions) and ITF Sparring Seminar (4 hours with 6 of the best coaches in the World)). Also looking forward to at least one more course in April with Master Jedut.

We ran a Fitness for TKD class on Zoom in February and it was really well received. We had some national team members join in as well as a parent of a student. It was hard and sweaty but great fun and what better way to start the weekend.

Mr Thompson attended the ITF England AGM last weekend, the first time as an independent club. It was great to see instructors from up and down the country working together for the National Association. Congratulations to Master Lear on being elected as Vice President.

Lastly we are looking at entering some students for the Open World E-Tournament. More details coming soon!

Zoom class times

onlineWhilst we are in tier 4 classes will be online using Zoom. Times and days remain the same as usual St James classes:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
4-6 year olds will be 25-30 minutes @ 4.30pm
7-9 years will be 40-45 minutes @ 5.30pm
10-13 years will be 45-50 mins @ 6.45pm
14+ will be an hour @ 8pm

Lockdown 2

With Lockdown starting on 5th November classes will move online until the 2nd December. All classes remain at the same time as usual.

Zoom links have been emailed to everyone.

New (temporary) Venue

classWe have started classes back in a limited capacity. Due to Covid restrictions our usual two halls are not open so all classes have relocated to St James Church hall.

We have had to cut the number of classes and spaces in order to be Covid-Secure.

Because of these changes and the limited space we are unable to take new students at the moment but get in touch to get on the waiting list for when things open up a bit.

Online Class Timetable

From 15th June all online Zoom classes will be on the following schedule

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  • 4-6 years 4.30pm 30 mins
  • 7-9 years 5.10pm 40 mins
  • 10-13 years 6pm 50 mins
  • 14+ years 7pm 60 mins

Thursdays 

  • 7-9 years 5.10pm 40 mins
  • 10-13 years 6pm 50 mins
  • 14+ years 7pm 60 mins

Online classes

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50 students in the first class

As we look to adapt to the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus outbreak we have added online classes to services. Students can access classes every week via video conferencing as well as 1-2-1 private lessons and video tutorials.

Classes suspended COVID-19

I’m sorry to say that all classes are now suspended due to school closures. Classes will be closed until the end of March, then there is the Easter break. Hopefully we will be able to resume after Easter but if we can not students will be contacted about training options. Thanks for your support in these difficult times.

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AETA Redhill Medals

On 15th March Tunbridge Wells Taekwon-Do took a small team to the AETA competition in Redhill. Due to the Corono virus pandemic only 11 of the 35 competitors went to the tournament but they came back with a great medal haul.

  • redhill medalsEvie Persad – Gold spec tech, silver sparring, bronze pattern
  • Sophia Lee – Bronze spec tech, bronze patterns
  • Jessica Wallace – silver spec tech, bronze sparring
  • Anja Taleon – Silver sparring, Bronze pattern, bronze spec tech
  • Sophie Penn – Silver sparring, bronze spec tech
  • Jake Smith – silver spec tech
  • Byron Richardson – bronze spec tech
  • Donna Rye – Gold sparring, bronze pattern, bronze power
  • Luke Forte – Gold pattern, silver sparring
  • Rebecca Forte – Gold pattern, gold sparring, gold spec tech