Firstly sorry for delay in posting this.
Nicholas was part of the GTI Squad and was selected to represent the GTI at the Italy World Championship. It was held in Northern Italy, Flamenco, Rimini on 25th to 28th June 2015. By being selected for the GTI squad, the GTI sponsors half the cost and the NLTKD was able to raise the balance of the sponsorship.
It was a 3 day trip which started when Nicholas (and his dad) flew out with the rest of the 19 man GTI squad from Stansted Airport to Bologna Airport From there they took a 1 hour coach to Rimini. They stayed in a 3 star Hotel Colibri. Nocholas won 5 medals. 3 silvers for individual sparring, team patterns and team special technique and won 2 bronze medals for team sparring and team power. His most memorable fight against a Japanese person and it ”was the toughest fight I ever had”.
Away from the competition, the GTI squad chilled out on the beach. Apparently “it was very hot and the squad had fun, but some people got sunburnt…” But they would go to train a bit for sparing and for team events.
Nicholas‘s sister, Catherine, was also in action shortly afterwards at the Unified ITF World Championships’ which started Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July in Hertfordshire, Hatfield . She won a gold medal for sparring. Her memorable fight was in the final, with a competitor who was taller and bigger than her. See https://youtu.be/gi7EIooW4uQ for a video of the fight
Nicholas and Catherine are great students and ambassadors of the NLTKD. And have worked with many other instructors including Mr Chow (GTI Squad Leader), Mr Houlihan, (GTI Manor Park) and Mr Alagoa (London Chinatown Taekwondo)
Nicholas and Catherine have been select to enter the European Championships in Budapest this February 2016. Any and all sponsors are welcome.
The final GTI Competitor of the Year 2014 – 2015 results have published on-line at http://gti-taekwondo.com/black-belt-gradings/2014-2015-black-belt-competitor-rankings/. The results confirm that both the boys and girls champions are from the North London Taekwondo club, with numerous mentions of our other Black Belts on the list.
- Boys Sparring: Oliver Charles
- Girls Sparring: Catherine Henryanto
Both winners are very talented and continue the NLTKD’s tradition of producing top class Black belts. Here is a video of Catherine in the finals of a tournament in October 2015.
Bleep Test results for October and November. I think the winners get to level 15/16 normally at both branches.
The “Breaking Kids” video is now over 2 years old and they have all grown up. Most of the Ref belts with black tags are now 2nd Dan Black belts and very active. But the look so cute years ago. I am very proud of them.
Breaking boards is trained from the moment the student displays proper kicks and power at the North London Taekwondo. The blind folded jumping reverse turning kicks performed by the students is hard to execute, particularly when you have to break boards. We always encourage student to push their limits, they might surprise themselves. And have fun!