ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS – SCHOOL CLOSED

Due to the snow and difficult travel conditions Gladesmore will be closed on Friday. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Those are the words taken directly off the Gladesmore school website. So Tottenham Branch is closed tomorrow and Leytonstone Branch is closed today. I visited both branches myself today and it was not fun. The snow in east London seems thicker than North London but both have bad side streets. Since the weather is supposed to get worse and the classes are late in the evening it is best to heed the weather warnings. We should be back to normal next week.

In meantime I have spoken to Rinchin bout finding us a Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor to teach us ground work. Taekwondo is probably the best stand-up martial arts style but we are no good on the ground. Rinchin has found someone and I am in talks to see if we can get him down to show us a few moves. 

2018 GTI English Open in Cheltenham

The NLTKD encourages students to attend tournaments. Tournaments are useful in introducing students to dealing with adversity. A student asked how a tournament who help him in real life. I said that if he is afraid to compete in a tournament with referees and safety equipment, then he will probably crap himself in a real self-defence situation. Tournaments will help you a little bit to deal with the adrenaline surge, nerves and reality of “fighting” a stranger. However I must admit nothing can prepare you against a mugger with an AK47 or Desert Eagle, just saying.

It also encourages students to learn to strive to be competitive and be the best they can be. These are life skills needed in a the highly competitive professional real world.  At the last GTI tournament in Cheltenham, the following student got

  • N. Henryanto – Bronze Sparring
  • C. Henryanto – Gold Sparring and Gold patterns
  • V. Vasiura – Bronze sparring and Bronze patterns
  • C. Craig-Mellentin – Bronze sparring
  • N. Kunchii – fought well but was unsuccessful.
  • A. Kunchii – silver sparring
  • J. Dlask- Gold Sparring and Gold patterns
  • A. Bejenariu – Bronze Sparring
  • R. Grigaliunaite– silver sparring
  • M. Tapper – Gold patterns and Bronze Sparring

Lots more photos on the GTI Facebook page 
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Your Instructor is a builder by day.

I always attend classes after work in my work clothes. If you have not guessed from the condition of my clothes, I am a builder by day. I run the Aon Building Contractors www.aonbuild.com firm. I refurbish houses and though I do have people who help out, I prefer to get my hands dirty to get the work done.
Some people might have seen me on “Homes Under the Hammer” Series 20 episode 41, where I bought a house in East London at auction and refurbished it. Below are picture from another house I bought at auction.

I often recommend young people to consider a career in the building industry. There are lots of different area of specialisation. I have had a few guys who started their careers with me as a labourer, go on the learn the trade and eventually start own business. From their building careers, they have their own homes/mortgages, ski holidays, pets and 2.4 kids.
I do not recommend a career as a Martial arts instructor as the high hall rent and very stiff competition in London make it difficult to achieve. On the other hand there is a shortage of highly skilled tradesmen in London. If you want further advise in the building industry, please contact me. PS I am very busy and unable to do your works but if you need any free advice, you can call me. 

Why NLTKD does not teach Sine Wave

This information is really for advanced or existing taekwondo students.

Taekwondo was founded in 1955. Back in 1983, the original NLTKD was a founder member of the new TAGB, and we cut our political ties to General Choi Hong Hi . We stuck with the traditional style of patterns as the Sine Wave style that Gen Choi apparently began to advocate was unknown to us at the time.

According to the well rated book “A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do” by Alex Gillis, the Sine Wave was a “gift” to the North Korean’s (citation) from General Choi Hong Hi and to distinguish Taekwondo from its Karate origins AND traditional Taekwondo. So basically the “Sine Wave” style was created for political reasons. For more info on General Choi Hong Hi see wiki.

Ask anyone to punch as hard as possible and he or she will naturally twist their hips and shoulders. It is a natural movement hard coded into our DNA. The “hip twist” technique has been used for centuries in most fighting and martial arts styles. The NLTKD practices it too.

In competition sparring, example Taekwondo, kick boxing, regular boxing or MMA, everyone uses “hip twist” to generate power and speed. Sine Wave is non-existent anywhere in the real world.

Now bear in mind, no one ever joins a martial arts club to learn patterns, so adding a bobbing up and down movement called “Sine Wave” to patterns lessons seems pointless. People join a martial arts club for fitness, self defence, sparring and/or confidence. The sine wave style does nothing to help achieve these goals.

So that is why the NLTKD does not teach Sine Wave style. We teach the original Traditional style Taekwondo as in the video below and still practiced in many taekwondo schools worldwide.

 

New opening times for Tottenham Branch

Effective immediately, our Tottenham Branch at the Gladesmore Sport centre will now start taekwondo classes from 6pm. The days remain the same, i.e. Tuesday and Friday. This later time is to allow adults and college students join our classes after work/school.
The date and times at Leytonstone remains the same

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.