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.

GTI British Open Tournament 2017

The GTI invite all ITF based Tae Kwon Do schools to join us at the GTI British Open Tournament on 5th November 2017 at

Venue: Cheltenham Leisure Centre, Tommy Taylor’s Lane, Cheltenham GL50 4RN.

Events will include:
– Patterns
– Point-stop sparring (for yellow/green belt juniors only)
– Continuous sparring (for all other juniors and adults)

Categories will include Juniors, Adults and Veterans (age 40+) divisions

All entries will be processed online via www.gti.wiredma.com

LINK TO FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Any queries should be directed to Mr Seamus McGinley, 5th Dan, via email: gtitaekwondoevents @ gmail.com or tournaments@gti-taekwondo.com or telephone 07963 065 229

ALSO:

GTI Instructors Course

a GTI Instructors Course is just around the corner with Mr Bhadeshia on Sunday 10th September at Belvidere School in Shrewsbury from 11am to 4pm.

Venue:
Belvidere School
Crowmere Road
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY2 5LA

The course cost is open to students interested in helping other students progress in their Taekwondo. For example, this includes adult blue belts and above who may be helping out with juniors in your club, or 16/17 year old black belts interested in “learning the ropes”.

Assistant Instructors who may be left unsupervised to conduct a lesson require insurance and need to be 18+ years old.

Another positive aspect of completing the course includes:

  • Developing understanding of TKD through teaching
  • Having a great talking point in job interviews
  • Enhancing CVs or College Applications

Please contact me for further details