The 103rd International Four Day Nijmegen March is being held this weekend. This is the largest multiple day marching event in the world. It is organised every year in Nijmegen Holland as a means of promoting sport and exercise.
Participants walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometers daily depending on their age and gender, and, on completion, receive a royally approved medal the Vierdaagsekruis. The participants are mostly civilians, but there are also a few thousand military participants. Amongst these will be our very own Warwick TKD student Alex Darlow who recently graded getting an A pass and will be doing the 50Km a day course. Good luck Alex I hope you have your Compeed plasters!!!
Tonight we took fight club on the road to North Leamington TKD club. Some students might find the thought of Fight Club intimidating, the aim of this session was to show that there’s nothing to be worried about.
After a thorough warm up and dynamic stretching session we went on to utilising games to practice and rehearse skills and attributes needed for ring craft and fitness. This was followed by learning and practicing the basic foundation set up techniques of sparring, front leg kicking techniques and then we explored technique options to keep momentum going to win points.
The quarterly coloured belt grading for the TUK Central Area was held yesterday in Stratford Upon Avon with 11 students entered from the Warwick TKD club.
After 4 hours of thorough testing consisting of line work, patterns, set sparring free sparring, hosing sul and destruction, the children in the morning followed by the adults and juniors, I’m pleased to announce the results:
Warwick TKD and Paragon Fitness joined forces and spent an excellent but extremely hot day at the Radford Semile school fete yesterday talking to pupils and parents at the school and demonstrating the menu of the services we have to offer. Looking forward to getting a few new members from the day.
With the coloured belt grading just around the corner and the Mark Scriven championships next month the Central Region Fight club saw a good turnout with students from Warwick, Stratford and North Leamington clubs including some of Warwick TKD new white belts keen to invest time to make improvements for these events and to generally improve their TKD in this fun high energy class.
This weekend the 141st IIC was held in Cardiff under the instruction of the ITF Technical Committee, Grand Master Morano (Argentina), Grand Master Lan (USA) and Master McPhail (New Zealand).
Along with the TUK Masters and other instructors from the association, Warwick instructors Mr Martin Noddings, Mr Anthony Nash, Mr John Hoult and Mrs Rachel Hoult attended the 3 day course investing time to keep themselves and the club at the cutting edge of technical advancements and improvements in ITF TKD.
Today saw Warwick members being tested for black belt promotion in Manchester at the T-UK National grading under Masters Archer and Ridley.
After a thorough 4 hour grading process where all participants were pushed hard to demonstrate their skills and abilities, I’m pleased to announce that all students were successful awarded their promotion.
Well done all of you for being ambassadors for the club and keeping the high standards that we expect from our students, you all worked extremely hard to prepare for today and deserved your promotions:
John Hoult promoted to 2nd Degree
Roger Crockford promoted to 2nd degree
Ellis Roberts promoted to 1st degree
We are please to announce that we are supporting our Military personal, Emergency Services personal and their families by offering a 20% discount to any one holding a Defence Discount Service card or a Blue Light card.
In their day to day working lives these people are putting themselves in potentially vulnerable violent environments. We believe that we can assist them in their working lives and make it more cost effective at the same time.
This week we have seen three more knife attacks with fatalities in all cases, Jodie Chesney aged 17 in an unprovoked attack in London and Yousef Makki aged 17 in Manchester. These victims aren’t your typical gang member but young people from good families and neighbourhoods.
Looking at the BBC crime statistics we can see that knife attack rates are the highest they have ever been since records began and where we are based in the West Midlands, we are the second worst area for knife crime in England and Wales with only London being higher!!
Statistics show that violent crime, particularly knife crime, and sexual assault are on the increase. From walking home after work, walking to the local shops, nights out with friends to the growing out door running trend, people are becoming more at risk.
Due to this it is becoming imperative for people to equip themselves with the skills to be more aware of potential situations, diffuse this if possible and if they are unlucky enough to be involved in a violent incident, to be able to effectively deal with that situation.
We will be delivering a self-defence workshop for members and non-members on the 24th February from 10am -12pm at Warwick Space Coten End, Warwick.