Cambridge had a huge group of adult students take part in the recent T-UK Black Belt Grading. Congratulations to:
Seb Porsdam Mann & Simon Brand on 1st Degree, Katta Hautaviita, Geoff Chapman & Jake Richards on 2nd Degree and Mirfet Hassan-Spiller, David Spiller and Lotan Joseph on 3rd Degree. Brilliant performances all round, and well-deserved rewards. Hard work pays off!
Cambridge students recently attended T-UK's inaugural Mark Scriven Memorial Championships in Stratford-Upon-Avon, following his sad passing last year. The club was represented by both junior and adult competitors and several referees to assist in running the day. Tournaments are about far more than just medals, and this event did not disappoint. It provided triumphs, but most importantly, valuable experiences for all. Congratulations to all who won medals, but more importantly, well done to all for putting yourselves out there and challenging yourselves.
Mr Archer VI, President of T-UK visited the club on Saturday 5th March to conduct a Black Belt Pre-Grading Seminar. Students wishing to apply to take part in the forthcoming black belt grading attended to gain clearance and valuable feedback to support their preparation. Many other senior grades from the club took the opportunity to train with their president. Mr Archer was accompanied by Mr Ricky Dhillon IV, who he explained was the first black belt he ever produced as an instructor. Everyone enjoyed the chance to benefit from their combined wealth of experience, and those grading gained both guidance and confidence in their efforts towards the black belt grading.
The 100th International Instructors Course (IIC) of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) was hosted by ITF Scotland and held in Aberdeen from the 13th - 15th March. This momentous occasion was attended by 23 countries from as far afield as Canada and Australia and a little nearer from Greece and Spain to name a few. Attendees were in excess of 320 black belts from first degree to Master and Grand Master with training under the International Technical Committee of Grand Master Marano, Grand Master Bos and Grand Master Lan. Click the photo to see more of the event.
In November, Mr Crisp travelled to Treviso Italy, to attend the 98th ITF International Instructors Course. This course was for 4th Degree and above only, so it was an exciting opportunity to train at the highest possible level with the ITF's technical committee, Grandmasters Marano, Bos and Lan. The IIC courses run over three days and include detailed technical and sparring training. Mr Crisp also came home with lots of exciting training methods picked up from GM Bos.
Mr Crisp recently attended a seminar conducted by Mr Jaroslaw Suska V Degree. Mr Suska was born in Poland in 1972. His journey in Taekwon-Do began in the spring of 1985. He has won five world Championship titles and an astonishing twenty European Championship titles in the patterns divisions. The seminar was totally inspirational, with crazy training drills that were just a taste of the methods used by the Polish squad, and demonstrations of his outstanding skills.
The training was exhausting but totally inspirational. We would definitely recommend getting along to one of his seminars next time he is in the UK.