2013 Competition Dates
English Open - Guildford Spectrum - Saturday 23rd March Scottish Open -
Ravenscraig - Saturday 4th May London Open - Guildford Spectrum - Sunday
14th July Welsh Open - UWIC - Sunday 22nd September UK Open - Guildford
Spectrum - Saturday 9th (Black belts) and Sunday 10th (Colour belts)
English Open 2013
For Tidworth Taekwon-do members, Saturday 23rd March provided the first competitive opportunity of the year at the UKTA English Open in Guildford. In total, 5 members attended who all performed extremely well. At the end of a long day Tidworth Taekwon-do members had managed to secure 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal.
Member of the senior class, Jessica Meredith, had the most successful day, despite it being her first experience of competition. Despite obvious nerves, she managed to keep calm during her sparring category and fought off the competition to achieve gold medal position. Jess also performed well in the special technique category which required her to perform a jumping kick on a target well over head height. In this event, she took silver medal position and was delighted to have received 2 medals at her first ever competition.
Tyler Hiscock, another member of the senior class, also managed to achieve a medal in his sparring category. Having recently gone up an age category and a weight category, he knew that the competition would be harder but was prepared for the challenge. In his sparring competition Tyler performed some excellent jumping techniques and showed a great deal of indomitable spirit when he suffered from the impact of a low blow! After an excellent performance, he walked away with bronze medal position.
William Hemsley, Ethan Meredith and Jacob Hemsley also attended the competition, representing Tidworth Taekwon-do’s junior class. Being yellow and green belts meant some extremely large categories, requiring progression through a large number of rounds to achieve medal positions. Despite some excellent performances, they were beaten by skilful competitors before they reached a medal position.
We’re extremely proud of all members who attended and hope to see even larger numbers of competitors at future competitions this year. Please visit the gallery to see photographs from the day.
Well done everyone!
Medal Summary: Jessica Meredith - Gold (Sparring)Jessica Meredith - Silver (Special technique)Tyler Hiscock - Bronze (Sparring)
UK Open 2012
The weekend of the 10th-11th of November saw the UKTA hold it's annual UK Open. The competition is extremely popular, attracting close to 400 competitors from a range of countries, including Croatia and Slovenia, which led to some large categories and fierce competition.
For a number of Tidworth Taekwon-do members, this was their first experience of competing in Taekwon-do and all performed extremely well despite understandable nerves on the day. Due to the popularity of the competition, the number of competitors in each of the patterns categories was high and after managing to make it through several rounds the junior members narrowly missed out a medal position.
The sparring event continues to be extremely popular with Tidworth Taekwon-do members and two members managed to achieve medal positions in the event. Once again, yellow belt members Alfie Hatchard and William Hemsley were in an extremely large category and knew they had a tough job ahead of them. Alfie performed well, particularly in the second half of his bout where he came back from an injury with a great deal of energy and managed to dominate the second half. For William, it was his first competition and he showed excellent control and technique during the sparring bout, not allowing himself to be intimidated by his competitor.
Sam Dougherty, a Tidworth Taekwon-do green belt, also had his first taste of competitive sparring. Despite originally being nervous about sparring, as the bout got closer Sam showed nothing but enthusiasm and excitement. The bout proved to be extremely close, with a split decision from the judges and Sam went on to achieve the bronze medal position. Another medal was received by yellow belt Michael Ruddick, who bravely fought some extremely skilful competitors to achieve bronze medal position in his sparring category.
Following the competition, there has already been keen interest in the 2013 competition dates and we hope to build on this success. Well done to all those who took. You made us all very proud! Visit the gallery for some photographs from the day.
Medal Summary: Michael Ruddick - Bronze (Sparring) Sam Dougherty - Bronze (Sparring)
Welsh Open 2012
Junior competitor, Alfie Hatchard, made the journey to Cardiff on the 19th May to take part in the UKTA Welsh Open. He performed extremely well in all his categories and was able to achieve his first medal position.
He just missed out on a medal position in the patterns competition, continuing to perform to an extremely high standard against older competitors. In the sparring competition, Alfie fought hard and showed extreme determination by carrying on even after sustaining an injury to his back. Despite his injury, Alfie achieved silver medal position and we are all extremely proud of him.
Visit the gallery for more photographs from the day.
Medal Summary: Alfie Hatchard - Silver (Sparring)
English Open 2012
In 2011 the English Open attracted a huge number of competitors and this year proved no different, with over 400 competitors in attendance. With such high numbers it was always going to be a long day with large categories, requiring a great deal of success in order to achieve medal positions. Tidworth Taekwondo had 5 students in attendance who successfully brought home a number of medals and all had a thoroughly enjoyable day.
In the patterns event junior students Alfie Hatchard and Cameron Leid overcome nerves as they stepped up in front of the judges in their first ever competition. Both students performed extremely well, making no errors in their patterns, but were unlucky to be against much older and more experienced competitors and didn’t get through to the medal positions. Tyler Hiscock performed his pattern extremely well in several rounds and achieved bronze medal position. This achievement was then matched by Matthew Stevenson who also achieved a bronze medal in his patterns category.
The sparring event is always a huge favourite with Tidworth students and, despite the long wait and large categories, all the students performed extremely well. Both the junior students were understandably nervous about their first sparring matches but managed to attack and defend well with Alfie narrowly missing out on a medal position. Lorraine Ryall also managed to achieve a bronze medal in her category but the biggest success of the day went to Tyler Hiscock who showed much more confidence in his sparring and went on to achieve the gold medal position.
The final events were the junior student’s special technique, performing a flying side kick over an obstacle and the adult student’s power test. Cameron was extremely unfortunate in the special technique as he cleared the obstacle but missed the pad by a small margin. In the power test, Lorraine performed several successful breaks but an injured heel meant she lost out in the final and took a silver medal.
The students are eagerly looking forward to the Welsh Open in May and we’re hoping to see even more students going along for the day. Well done everyone!
Medal Summary: Tyler Hiscock - Gold (Sparring)Lorraine Ryall - Silver (Power Test)Tyler Hiscock - Bronze (Patterns) Matthew Stevenson - Bronze (Patterns) Lorraine Ryall - Bronze (Sparring)