Welcome to 2018 and the GTI Competitor of the Year results

I hope everyone have a good holiday. We are back training from tomorrow at Leytonstone and Friday at Tottenham.

I appreciate there will be a bit of lethargy and inertia so the first few lessons will be nice and easy, but with a tournament on the 28th end of January and grading in February, we need to get back in shape as soon as possible.

If you are a potential new student thinking of joining the NLTKD, please consider joining as soon as possible. This way you have enough time to prepare for your first grading in February, your first step towards being a Black belt and awesome.

GTI Black Belt Competitor of the Year 2016-2017

The final results of the GTI students of the year 2016-2017 have been released. A few of our students are listed on the ranking table with our

  • C. Henryanto ranked Number 1 (Winner) in Junior Sparring for Girls (under 18)
  • N. Henryanto ranked Number 2 in Junior Sparring for Boys (under 18)
  • J. McDonagh ranked Number 3 in Junior Sparring for Boys (under 18)
  • C. Henryanto (again) ranked Number 2 in Junior Patterns for Girls (under 18)

And there are a few other students from the NLTKD ranked in the GTI rankings. for full listing see https://www.gti-taekwondo.com/black-belt-rankings-table.

at the previous GTI Black Belt Competitor of the Year 2014-2015, our C. Henyanto and O. Charles won the top ranked GTI Competitor of the year in the Girls and Boys Sparring division respectively 

The ranking for the new 2018-2019 starts at the January.

Taekwondo and digging deep

I am going to repeat a story here that I mentioned in class today

When I originally join the NLTKD under Mr Albert Williamson-Taylor, I vividly remember one lesson where I (a yellow or green belt) had to spar a guy called Anthony Harris (Black belt). I was not sparring him but getting a thorough beating. After about a third of the sparring bout, I wanted to walk out of the hall, by two thirds of the way though, I was totally demoralised but Anthony Harris shouted at me to “keep fighting”. I wanted to rush him and wrestle him to the ground, but he was too good and glad the beating was over.

I wanted to stop training Taekwondo, but did not want to give up either. Anthony Harris told me in the middle of the beating to “keep fighting” so I decided to dig deep and train harder and better. I learnt a very important lesson from Anthony Harris. Anyone can beat up a weaker opponent, but the real test is fighting some better than you. 

You need to prepare to fight someone better than you. If you are a current student and you are demoralised and upset at getting beat up by another student in class, I know how you feel. Dig deep, get in the trenches, and hang in there. Train harder to be fitter, stronger, more flexible and get more experienced.

Now, outside of Taekwondo, there will be times you feel beaten by school, work or just life in general, and want to give up. Again you grit your teeth and keep fighting on. I have won numerous tournaments but have always learnt more from defeat than victory.

In time, you may not be the best fighter or win, but you will have “no fear”. And that is the main criteria for being a NLTKD black belt.

2017 GTI British Open Taekwondo Championship

The NLTKD strongly encourages all student, regardless or whether they win or loose to enter tournaments particularly GTI event. This tournament is on Sunday 5 November at 9:00–17:00 at Leisure at Cheltenham Tommy Taylors Lane GL50 4RN Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Enter online at www.gti.wiredma.com

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World Champions and Assistant Instructors

We just found out that Catherine Henryanto got gold in both patterns and sparring and Nicolas Henryanto got a bronze in patterns at the World Taekwondo Championships in The Netherlands.Over the years, both of them have been good students but Catherine has been particularly fun to instruct. Tiny, cute Catherine, always eager to learn, in class has always lifted my exhausted and jaded energy. Nicholas has and has always been a gentleman and probably my best male student ever. I have many great male fighters but none as good at patterns.

I am very proud of them both. Can you recognise them in the above photo with other future Black belts, Tamara Burling, Michael and Raymond Pham

Anyone who would like to compete at an International level can do so via our association, the GTI. Contact me in class for details.

ALSO

Jiri Glask has gotten Gold in sparring at the LTSI Open TKD Championships this afternoon, while the rest of us were dreaming of being champions.

 

Assistant Instructors

Catherine and Nicholas are now 2nd Dan big kids, and both help me a lot in class, particularly the other Black belts and their patterns. However, because they are juniors, I have to rely on adults to take a class in my absence.

Often I ask an assistant instructors to take a class so that students train Taekwondo from a different and fresh point of view. Also students react to different teaching methods, 

Mr Goldwater Ojokor (Tottenham) and Mr Paul Williams (Leytonstone)
When I walked into the NLTKD, as a beginner, Mr Ojojor and Mr William were both Red belts in a club full of big tough scary guys. They both got their Black belts under Mr Albert Williamson-Taylor long before me. I have always got a lot of respect for them then and now, and I am grateful to both of them for their assistance and sharing there knowledge with the current generation of NLTKD student. And in return I have promised, with their help, to keep the standards of NLTKD Black belts to the same old high standards. 

Mr Steven Green
Mt Green came to the NLTKD relatively recently as a red belt. He has a long history of training in various places and countries but I can clearly see his skill and knowledge. He hopes to open his own club one day and we may loose him but for now he is the first person I call if I need cover at the Leytonstone branch
Ex Students.

We have had a few students go through the ranks, become adults and Black Belts and helped a bit example Daniel Connolley-Taylor (Albert’s son) , Rinchen Griffiths-Golha, Cameron Ojokor and currently Charles Oliver.

Website Down

Thanks for a couple of calls to let us know our website was down. it is fixed

!! NERD ALERT !!

it was due to our Linux hosting on Godaddy servers running the old version 5.6 of php. it has now been updated to version 7.1 and our WordPress website seems to be working fine now except for minor graphical errors.

however both branches of our Taekwondo club students are running the latest version 1000 of “awesome“. They were updated from the previous version 999. The students seem to be training fine except for minor fitness and stretching errors.