Monday, 24 December 2012

2012 Review

First, I would like to thank all my amazing students for their commitment, hard work and dedication and all parents and guardians for their continuous support to the club during 2012. It has been a fantastic year to say the least!!!

For me, the best moment of the year by far, was to get my first Black Belt students in Liam Sloan, Harvey Stockford and Joseph Davies. I cannot tell you again how proud I am of the boys and their achievement.

As far as the colour belt gradings, we have had a very good year again with lots of A passes and more students getting closer to the Black Belt level. The Little Tigers Graduations of 2012 were also once again very successful. The little ones keep on displaying great skills and continue to improve with every session, with a few of them making the transition into the Junior Taekwondo classes.

I also had the chance in 2012 to take part in some amazing seminars and training sessions with some great martial artists, Taekwondo World Champions (Warren Vice, Gordon Fearn, Joseph Schembri), BJJ World Champion (Braulio Estima), Grand Masters (CK Choi) and even an Olympic Champion (Jade Jones)!!! All of them being very inspirational and helping me to keep the motivation to practice hard and improve.

Getting my blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was also a fantastic moment for me after countless hours of very hard training on the mats, and I would like to thank all my training partners and Instructors again.

As an Instructor I would like to encourage my students to set goals and challenges for themselves, never give up and be humble. I will in return, try to set a positive example and role model by continuing to set challenges for myself and support all my students achieve their personal best.

We have an exciting 2013 ahead of us and a lot to look forward to! Both National and International competitions, more Taekwondo gradings and graduations for the Little Tigers, a new class for advanced students, seminars and training camps...

I would like to say well done and thank you all once again for your support and dedication, and I know that we will all have a very successful 2013.

Happy New Year!

Neil Gimbel

Monday, 26 November 2012

Little Tigers graduation and Juniors grading 16/12/2012

The next Little Tigers graduation and Juniors Taekwondo grading will take place on Sunday 16th of December at The Welsh Institute of Sports in Cardiff.

Little Tigers:
Welsh Institute of Sport
CF11 9SW
Start 11:15am
Please arrive 15min before grading

Juniors Taekwondo:
Welsh Institute of Sport
CF11 9SW
Start 1:30pm
Please arrive 15min before grading

Note: there will be no spectators allowed in the Juniors Taekwondo Grading, all lower grades will be on first, so that they can leave asap. They will then have their results in class.

The grading forms must be completed and returned with the grading fees plus an up to date T.A.G.B license, no later than 4 days prior to the arranged date.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Braulio Estima BJJ seminar

Last night, I had the chance to take part in a seminar with multiple time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and ADCC winner Braulio Estima! The seminar was organised by my Instructors, Chris rees and Rob Taylor, and took place in Swansea at the Gracie Barra Chris Rees Academy headquarters with more than 80 adult students.

It was once again a great opportunity to train under such an amazing grappler and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend. The seminar went on for 3 hours and we went through a series of drills and techniques and tested them in live sparring towards the end of the class. Braulio is a fantastic instructor and his technical ability, the way he explains every position and every detail and his knowledge made this one of the best seminars I've had the chance to attend.

A few students got promoted as well at the end of the night and received their new belts, which made this an even more memorable event. I cannot wait for the next one!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Jade Jones seminar review

On Sunday the 4th of November Miss Jade Jones, Olympic gold Medalist of Wales, made a special appearance and presented a Taekwondo training seminar at the National Sports Centre for Wales in Cardiff.

Jade who is now the current World Taekwondo number 1 and Olympic Champion was promoted By Mr Joseph Schembri and Mr Gordon Fearn, both former Taekwondo World Champions who are very well known throughout the Martial Arts community.

Jade began training in Taekwondo at a very young age in Flint, North Wales. When she was a teenager her grandfather brought her down to train at the National Junior Welsh squad training in Cardiff under Mr Schembri and Master Gianni peros. From a young age her talent shone through and after achieving many titles and representing Wales in non Olympic TKD, it was obvious she had bigger achievements ahead. Jade then went on to train in Manchester, at the British TKD Olympic head quarters and the rest is history. Jade is the 1st Olympic TKD champion from the UK and has a lot more success to come.

On the day there were over 200 students who took part in the class and everybody had a chance to see the Olympic champion in action, listen to her precious advice and even train with her.

Jade taught two separate classes from children aged 4 years to adults in there 50's. She showed all the skills that made her the great Olympian she is today and she gave a good account of herself by spreading her knowledge of the sport to all the up and coming TKD stars.

It was a very special day and this would have not been possible without Mr Schembri and Mr Fearn who organised this fantastic event and Mr Brian Taylor who worked hard all day!!

Jade Jones is truly our Olympic Champion, on behalf of all Welsh and British TKD students, we thank her for attending our seminar and we wish her the best for Rio 2016!!

Monday, 22 October 2012

3 New Black Belts!!!

Massive congratulations to Liam Sloan, Harvey Stockford and Joseph Davies who recently undertook a very challenging Black Belt grading test to achieve the rank of 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.

The T.A.G.B. National Black Belt grading took place on the 19th of October 2012 in Bristol and put students through their paces to demonstrate their technical abilities, as well as their pattern knowledge, application of self-defense, theory of Taekwondo and sparring skills. The students were examined by a panel of Masters and Senior Instructors of the T.A.G.B. in what proved to be an extremely technically and physically demanding grading.

All 3 boys represented their school and Instructor in the very best light, and are true role models and inspiration for other students at the club by becoming the first ever Black Belts at the Neil Gimbel Taekwondo school. The years of dedication, hard training and commitment have finally paid off!

Well done boys for this great achievment!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

T.A.G.B. British Championships 2012

The T.A.G.B. British Championships 2012 will be on the 25th of November and will take place at the Skydome Arena in Coventry.

Skydome Arena
Croft Road
CV1 3AZ Coventry

All entry forms to be in by the 1st of November please.

Start time will be 9am.

All competitors may only wear standard white T.A.G.B. doboks or the most recent national doboks (No club doboks).

Please contact me for more infos.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Jade Jones Seminar Cardiff 2012

Taekwondo Olympic Gold Medallist Jades Jones is coming to Cardiff on the 4th of November 2012 for a seminar. Do not miss this amazing opportunity to come and train with an Olympic Champion and learn from one of the best in the World.

The seminar will take place at:
Wales Institute of Sport
Sophia Gardens

Juniors 12pm-2pm
Adults 2pm-4pm

Please see details and get your tickets fast as spaces are limited and will go very quickly!

Contact me for more informations.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Colour belt grading 25/09/2012

The next colour belt grading will be on Tuesday 25th of September 2012.

Venue and times:

Llantwit Major High School
Ham Lane East
Llantwit Major
CF61 1TQ
18:00 start

There will be no spectators allowed in the grading, all lower grades will be going on first so that they can leave asap. The results will be announced in the next class by your instructor.

Please arrive 15 minutes before grading.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Jade Jones wins first UK Olympic Taekwondo gold!!!

Massive congratulations to Jade Jones who claimed Britain's first Olympic Taekwondo gold medal and the hosts' 25th of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Thursday.

Jade Jones, a 19-year-old from Flint in North Wales, became the first Briton to win Olympic gold at Taekwondo by defeating the Chinese world champion Yuzhuo Hou, in the under-57kgs featherweight final.

Jade, nicknamed the "Head Hunter", simply blew everyone away in the under-57kg starting with a 15-1 victory over Serbian Dragana Gladovic and then putting out world number one Tseng Li-Cheng of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals.

The home crowd were in full voice again 24 hours later as Lutalo Muhammad delivered a first men's Olympic medal when he recovered from a quarter-final loss to eventual silver medallist Nicolas Garcia Hemme to come through the repechage and beat Arman Yeremyan of Armenia in the bronze contest.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt!!!

I know this has got nothing to do with Taekwondo, but it is still Martial Arts related so i wanted to share it with you guys.

Last night, after a very hard and "very hot" training session, I was promoted to blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by my Instructor Chris Rees of the Gracie Barra Chris Rees Academy. The promotion came as a bit of a surprise but the feeling of getting to the next grade is always great! This is only the first step on a very long journey to Black Belt but I'm happy to say that all the hard training has paid off and that with dedication and hard work you can always achieve your dreams!

It is now time to train even harder and work towards the next level.

For those of you who do not know what Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is, here is a quick explanation followed by a demonstration video:

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art focusing largely on grappling, ground fighting and submissions. It utilizes natural body leverage and proper technique to obtain dominant control on the ground and, as a result, provides greater position for striking or submission holds.
BJJ has been proven, when used properly, to be an effective method for dealing with bigger and stronger opponents and has become increasingly popular due in part to its great success in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It can be trained for self defense, sport grappling (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts competition and has found its way into the training regiment of nearly every successful martial artist worldwide.
Translated as “the gentle art,” Brazilian jiu-jitsu focuses on using strength and technique in the most efficient way possible to control and overcome opponents of greater size, strength and aggression.

Friday, 20 July 2012

World Champion Warren Vice Super Seminar 2012

On the 23rd of September 2012, Mr Joseph Schembri is bringing Mr Warren Vice to Wales for a seminar!

Do not miss this great opportunity to train and learn with a multiple times Taekwondo World Champion and one of the most successful fighters of the T.A.G.B.

Warren has won over 10 world titles and has represented team GB for many years. He has a tremendous amount of experience in combat sport and this is an unmissable chance to train and gain knowledge from the best. Mr Schembri is hosting Mr Vice for this amazing seminar so please see details and get your tickets fast as it is limited to 100 participants.

The seminar will take place at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff.

Please contact me for further informations.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

WTF Olympic Taekwondo Highlights

London 2012 Olympics: Taekwondo schedule

August 8
9am - 1pm
Men's -58kg: preliminary round of 16
Women's -49kg: preliminary round of 16
3pm - 6pm
Men's -58kg: quarter-finals, semi-finals
Women's -49kg: quarter-finals, semi-finals
8pm - 11.15pm
Men's -58kg: repechages, bronze medal contests, gold medal contest, victory ceremony
Women's -49kg: repechages, bronze medal contests, gold medal contest, victory ceremony

August 9
9pm - 1pm
Men's -68kg: preliminary round of 16
Women's -57kg: preliminary round of 16
3pm - 6pm
Men's -68kg: quarter-finals, semi-finals
Women's -57kg: quarter-finals, semi-finals
8pm - 11.15pm
Men's -68kg: repechages, bronze medal contests, gold medal contest, victory ceremony
Women's -57kg: repechages, bronze medal contests, gold medal contest, victory ceremony

August 10
9am - 1pm
Men's -80kg: preliminary round of 16
Women's -67kg: preliminary round of 16
3pm - 6pm
Men's -80kg: quarter-finals, semi-finals
Women's -67kg: quarter-finals, semi-finals
8pm - 11.15pm
Men's -80kg: repechages, bronze medal contests, gold medal contest, victory ceremony
Women's -67kg: repechages, bronze medal contests, gold medal contest, victory ceremony

August 11
9am - 1pm
Men's +80kg: preliminary round of 16
Women's +67kg: preliminary round of 16
3pm - 6pm
Men's +80kg: quarter-finals, semi-finals
Women's +67kg: quarter-finals, semi-finals
8pm - 11.15pm
Medal event Taekwondo ExCeL
Men's +80kg: repechages, bronze medal contests, gold medal contest, victory ceremony
Women's +67kg: repechages, bronze medal contests, gold medal contest, victory ceremony

Friday, 8 June 2012

A few videos from the BTC Black Belt Teams Championships

Tyrrell Belony vs ITF

English Team Pattern

Matthew Jackson in the finals

Warren Vice breaking

Joseph Schembri vs Carl Betty

Joseph Schembri vs Carl Betty 2

Tyrrell Belony vs Ben Jackson

Monday, 4 June 2012

BTC Black Belt Teams Championships 2012

Great results for the T.A.G.B. yesterday at the BTC Black Belts Teams Tournament in London!

The Championships were held at the ExCel Arena and was part of SENI ExCel London 2012.
3 male T.A.G.B. Teams ended up on the podium with Wales and Scotland in joined 3rd place and England taking 1st place. A very good ITF Team lost to England in the finals and came second. The women English T.A.G.B. Team also came 1st and the female T.A.G.B. Scottish Team took bronze!

The tournament was just an other reminder that the T.A.G.B. is still the best Taekwondo association in the UK and has got the strongest competitors in the country.
The competition included Team Patterns, Team Sparring and destruction and the level of all the athletes was excellent.

Well done to all the competitiors who took part in this great event and I'm looking forward to next year!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Middlands Championships 2012


NN15 6PB


Closing date for entries will be: Saturday 16th June 2012.

Entry fee’s: Competitor: £12 per event.
Spectators: £8.00
TAG team: £15 per 3-person team. To be paid and entered on the day.


Sunday, 20 May 2012

Welsh Open Championships results

Well done to all the competitors taking part today in the Welsh Open Championships in Cardiff.

Everybody fought hard, improved their game and it was nice to see all of the young fighters getting some experience for future competitions. Congratulations to Harvey Stockford who took bronze in his division.

Well done everyone:

Harvey Stockford
Liam Sloan
Heath Webb
Arthur Short
Jacob Seamark
Michael Wilks
Rhydian Williams

Monday, 30 April 2012

Welsh Open Championships 2012

The Welsh Open Championships will take place on Sunday the 20th of May 2012 in Cardiff.
The competition will be held at UWIC in Cyncoed.

All competitors to arrive by 9:30am

Could all entry forms be submitted by Monday 7th of May.

University of Wales Institute Cardiff
Cyncoed Road,
CF23 6XD
Sunday 20th May 2012

All competitors may only wear standard white T.A.G.B. doboks or the most recent national doboks (No club doboks).

Please contact me for forms and informations.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Welsh Closed Championships results

Congratulations to all the students taking part in the Welsh Closed Championships today.
A special mention to Rhydian williams who fought really hard again to take gold and win his division and Hannah Sloan who took silver after a hard fight in the final!
Well done to all who competed, fought brilliantly and represented the Cowbridge club very well.

Rhydian Williams
Hannah Sloan
Ellice Stockford
Michael Wilks
Jake White
Ben Sutton

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Welsh Closed Championships 29/04/2012

The 2012 T.A.G.B. Taekwondo Welsh Closed Championships will be held at Newport Leisure Centre, on the 29th of April 2012.

Competition starts at 9.30am.

Could all entry forms be submitted by thursday 19th of April.

Newport Centre
1 Kingsway
South Wales
NP20 1UH

Please contact your instructor for forms or information.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Colour belt grading 20/03/2012

The next colour belt grading will be on Tuesday 20th of March 2012.

Venue and times:

Llantwit Major High School
Ham Lane East
Llantwit Major
CF61 1TQ
18:00 start

There will be no spectators allowed in the grading, all lower grades will be going on first so that they can leave asap. The results will be announced in the next class by your instructor.

Please arrive 15 minutes before grading.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Grand Master C.K. Choi seminar

Tonight, I had the privilege to take part in a seminar organised by the T.A.G.B. with Grand Master C.K. Choi (9th Dan Black Belt), one of the pioneers of Taekwondo and first ever Taekwondo champion.

The seminar was one and a half hour long and we went through a series of patterns, movement drills and sparring techniques. It was really interesting to train with one of the original Masters and see him performing some of the techniques he and General Choi created more than half a century ago. He also reminded us the importance of not only training physically, but also mentally and spiritualy in order to achieve the highest level in Taekwondo.
Like you would expect from a real Master, he was very humble, polite and made the seminar a very enjoyable experience.
I hope that he will come back in the future and share his knowledge of Taekwondo again, it is not very often that you get a chance to train under such an inspirational man and one of the true Masters of the art!

Grand Master C.K. Choi performing a jumping kicking technique.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Friday, 24 February 2012

2012 London Olympics: TAEKWONDO

A 2000-year-old martial art with roots in Korea, Taekwondo became a full medal Olympic Sport in Sydney 2000.

During the London 2012 Games there will be 8 Olympic Taekwondo medal events. I will post more infos and news about the competition and chances of the GB Team athletes as we get closer to the dates, but first, let's have a look a the rules and details of this particular aspect of Taekwondo.

Olympic Taekwondo is played in three, two-minute rounds, two fighters take to a 10-meter square mat, with the aim of landing accurate kicks within the scoring area of their opponent. In Taekwondo different styles of kicks and their accuracy when landing on the oppenents body, score different points. The more skilled the kick the higher the points awarded. High energy and tense, Olympic Taekwondo competitions are fantastic for spectators. Here is a few more informations about the sport and rules in this amazing Olympic event.

The word "Taekwondo" translates into English as "the way of foot and fist" – an accurate description of the principles behind this Korean martial art. Powerful kicks and punches are, literally, the name of the game, which offers tension, drama and plenty of action.

The basics
◦The aim of taekwondo is to land as many kicks and blows as you can on your opponent in the allowed target areas.
◦A taekwondo contest comprises three rounds of two minutes each – with a one-minute break between each round.
◦The whole contest area is a 10m square mat.
◦Victory can be achieved by knockout, by scoring the most points, or by default if the opponent is disqualified.

Scoring in taekwondo
◦One point is scored for each legitimate strike on the body, and two points are given for kicks to the face. Competitors get an additional point for a knockdown.
◦One referee and three judges oversee the contest, and a point is awarded only when two or more judges register a hit at the same time.
◦Kicks to the head and body are only awarded points if they are landed with parts of the foot below the ankle.
◦Blows to the body must be with the front of the index and middle finger knuckles of a tightly clenched fist if they are to be awarded points. Fighters are not allowed to punch to the head.

Penalties in taekwondo
◦Penalties are awarded for offences such as grabbing, holding, feigning injury, pushing, and turning one's back on an opponent.
◦The most serious taekwondo offence is ‘Gam-jeom’, which leads to one point being deducted. Examples of ‘Gam-jeom’ include throwing an opponent, deliberately stepping over the boundary line, pulling an opponent to the ground, and attacking the face with anything but the feet.
◦If an opponent is knocked to the ground then the referee begins a 10 second count. A knockdown occurs if any part of a contestant's body touches the floor apart from the foot. There is a mandatory eight-second count before the referee decides whether the bout should continue.
◦A knockdown becomes a knockout if a competitor cannot regain his or her feet by the count of ten seconds or if the referee decides he or she is unfit to continue at the end of an eight count.
◦If a contest ends with the competitors level on points, then the contestant with the most points before penalties were deducted is the winner. If the scores are still level after this, then the referee awards the contest to the fighter he believes to have been the most willing to attack. The only exception to these rules occurs in the final of a competition, when a tied contest will go to an extra ‘sudden death’ round where the first to score a point wins. If no result is achieved during this round then the final decision once again lies with the referee.

Olympic competition rules for taekwondo
◦The Olympic taekwondo competition takes the form of an elimination tournament to decide the gold and silver medals.
◦After this initial tournament, two groups are then drawn up of all the competitors – except the semi-finalists – who have lost to either of the finalists. Another knockout process then produces two pool winners. Each pool winner then faces the beaten semi-finalist from the other side of the draw, and the winners of these two bouts compete for the bronze medal.
◦The weight divisions for an Olympic taekwondo competition are as follows: Men – under 58kg; under 68kg; under 80kg; over 80kg. Women – under 49kg; under 57kg; under 67kg; over 67kg.

Why do we practice patterns?

Often in class, students ask me the benefits of Taekwondo patterns and why we practice them over and over again? So
I hope the following will help understand the importance
of performing traditional patterns and how they can help
you develop your Taekwondo!

What is a Pattern?
A pattern is a set of fundamental movements, mainly defence and attack, set in a logical sequence to deal with one or more imaginary opponents. Patterns are an indication of a student's progress a barometer in evaluating an individual's technique.

Why do we perform Patterns?
We practice patterns to Improve our Taekwondo techniques, to develop sparring techniques, to improve flexibility of movement, master body-shifting, develop muscles, balance and breath control. They also enable us to acquire techniques which cannot be obtained from either fundamental exercises or sparring. The following benefits can also be obtained while performing Taekwondo patterns:

-development of muscular strength and timing.
-increased cardiovascular conditioning and stamina.
-improved balance, rhythm and speed.
-enhanced concentration and focus.
-development of correct breathing habits.
-development of muscle coordination.

Why are there twenty four Patterns?
The reason for twenty four patterns in Taekwondo is because the founder, Major General Choi Hong Hi, compared the life of man with a day in the life of the earth and believed that some people should strive to bequeath a good spiritual legacy to coming generations and in doing so gain immortality.
Therefore, if we can leave something behind for the welfare of mankind, maybe it will be the most important thing to happen in our lives, as the founder says:

"Here I leave Tae Kwon-Do for mankind. As a trace of a man of the late 20th Century. The twenty four patterns represent twenty four hours, one day or all of my life."

The following points should be considered when performing Patterns:
1. Patterns should begin and end on the same spot. This will indicate the performers accuracy.
2.Correct posture and facing must be maintained at all times.
3.Muscles of the body should be tensed or relaxed at the proper critical moments in the exercise.
4.The exercise should be performed in a rhythmic movement with the absence of stiffness.
5.Each pattern should be accelerated or decelerated according to instructions.
6.Each pattern should be perfected before moving to the next.
7.Students should know the purpose of each movement.
8.Students should perform each movement with realism.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

2012 T.A.G.B English Championships

This year T.A.G.B. English Championships:

Sunday 18th of March 2012
Telford International Centre
St Quentins Gate

Doors open at 9 o'clock.

Please contact me for competition forms and details.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

My child wants to quit!

One of the biggest frustrations for parents of children in Taekwondo is when their child gives them a hard time about coming to class, or even worse, says they want to quit!

What makes this even more frustrating is that when the child comes to class, they are enthusiastic about their training and have a great time! They love it! “I don’t want my child to quit, they enjoy it when they’re here and it’s so good for them, but they fight me when it’s time to get ready for class. What can I do?” is a common question, especially during the summer months.

The first thing that parents need to keep in mind is that children often have difficulty scheduling their time effectively. And once they become engaged in an activity, they won’t want to stop for anything... even something they would normally enjoy. My advice is to help your child to schedule their time before classes in a way that avoids activities your child will not want to stop, such as swimming, playing outside with friends, or playing video games. Instead, allow them time to prepare for class mentally and physically by getting their uniform and equipment together, practicing their techniques, and having a small snack. Another great tip is to commit to a regular routine and schedule of class attendance.

The second part of the answer is to understand that we live in a society of “instant gratification”. Children are growing up with a “I want it now” attitude that will not prepare them for success later on in life. We are not willing to invest the time to achieve maximum results. I want it now, it is owed to me, everyone has one so I deserve one too! When something becomes difficult, children don’t understand how to persevere. They are told that if they don’t like something, they don’t have to do it. Many parents are literally teaching their children to be quitters from a very young age. "If you do not like it, then quit". This is the biggest mistake you can make with your children.

I often speak with parents who feel that Taekwondo would be of tremendous benefit to their child, but they do not want to ‘force’ them to come. Children learn very early on, what they can get away with. If you set a level of expectation for their development, they will follow your lead.

What if your child woke up one morning and said “I don’t want to go to school anymore and I want to quit”, would you let them? Of course not!

The truth is that while training in Taekwondo is fun, sometimes it is difficult as well. The higher they get in grade, the more challenging it becomes! Students have problems with a technique or a pattern, and instead of working hard to overcome it and learn the values of hard work, they want to give up. When your child says “I want to quit”, " I don't like it", what are they really saying? And if we allow them to give up, what are we teaching them? What do you want your child to be like when they grow up?


We need to lead our children, not be led by them. Parenting is a full-time job that can be extremely frustrating, difficult, and confusing. But if you’re not teaching your child, who is?

The best thing for children is to be involved in an activity like Martial Arts, that assists in their growth and development. A program that will teach them the values of hard work and perseverance. A program that will teach them how to set goals but most importantly, how to achieve these goals!

Then set the standard that once they sign up, they need to attend, without complaining, and that quitting is not an option until the goals you have set for your child have been reached (next competition, next grading...). I can guarantee you that when they get their brand new belt or do well in competition, they suddenly feel a lot more enthusiastic about their training! Always remember that in a Taekwondo school, we NEVER GIVE UP! If your child is giving you a hard time about coming to class, speak to your instructor. They can help to reinforce the importance of coming to class and to discover any problems your child might be having.


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Srategies for parents

A good article and a few tips for parents!

Studies show that some children spend more than six hours a day using media, from watching television and listening to music to surfing the internet and playing video games. Considering that they spend a good chunk of time at school, and another eight hours or so sleeping, six hours of passive media time is a lot of time spent not moving and being passive. Here are two strategies to help if you are struggling to motivate your child to go to their Taekwondo classes:

Strategy #1: Make sure your child is doing something less interesting to him or her a half hour prior to going to their Taekwondo class. For instance, a child doing homework or chores will usually jump at the chance to take a break and go to class. On the other hand, a child playing video games may not want to stop shooting aliens or driving their favorite sportcar to go to class... If your child is outside playing with friends, is it any surprise that they don’t want to stop to go to class?

Strategy #2: Help your child set short-term goals when they begin classes. For example, each new belt level is a goal. Once they achieve that goal, their new belt, they can then decide if they want to continue with the classes, but with the understanding that there will be no quitting until the next belt is achieved! Usually a child is so excited to receive their new Taekwondo belt, they would of course want to stay and learn their new material. At each belt level in Taekwondo our students must complete certain criteria that will allow them to be promoted to the next belt. As they complete the criteria and follow the syllabus, they are rewarded and this gives them a sense of accomplishment! It also motivates them to keep going on to the next level.

Your job, as a parent, is to introduce them to positive physical exercises, like Taekwondo, so they’ll learn just how good it makes them feel. Support their exercising by providing the equipment they need, transportation to and from training and events, and support, especially if they’re competing. Then, ultimately, they’ll be excited to participate, will start to look forward to exercising, and as they grow older, will continue to seek out opportunities to be physically active.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Little Tigers

The Little Tiger Program is a detailed curriculum that focuses on improving pre-school-age children’s basic motor skills. These skills will help them enter society with a more confident and enthusiastic outlook. They will become better students at school, better listeners at home and more ambitious towards the future. We believe the time between the ages 4 and 6 are the most important time for a child’s development. Our program will enhance positive development in a fun and motivating way.

The Little Tiger program will also prepare your child for our children’s Taekwondo program. In the Little Tigers classes, will be exposed to positive and social interaction. They will learn to work with others and follow direction from our Instructors, who are specifically trained to work with pre-primary-aged children.

The Little Tiger program focuses on 8 major skills that are necessary for participation in any sport or activity. These are practised in 8 development skills that are used to reinforce family values. Our Little Tiger program helps your child to focus, and gives them skills to achieve any goal they set in life.

The 8 Little Tigers skill requirements are composed of physical and mental benefits. The following are the skills with the benefits from participating in the Little Tigers class.

Skill#1: FOCUS – This will help your child’s aim, listening skills and reaction skills. They will excel faster in any physical activities. Your child will also become a better listener and a more focused student at school.

Skill#2: TEAMWORK – Team work is important for any young child to develop. The more confident your child is willing to work with others, the more he or she will accomplish. Your child will develop character, which will help him or her make new friends and become a better leader in life.

Skill#3: CONTROL – Having control means making good decisions. Whether your child is handling a pet or handling a problem, he or she will learn to make the right decisions. Control builds confidence.

Skill#4: BALANCE – This skill is crucial to learn at an early age. Your child is beginning to participate in many physical activities that are challenging, like riding a two-wheeled bicycle. Your child will develop good balance and better posture.

Skill#5: MEMORY – Developing good memory is exercise for your child’s brain. The sooner your child exercises, the smarter he or she will become. Our drills are constantly helping your child think and make smart decisions.

Skill#6: DISCIPLINE – Our Instructors use the Little Tigers drills to help create the vision that discipline is fun and rewarding. Your child will take pride in doing the right thing. Your child will also follow direction better.

Skill#7: FITNESS – It is important for children to understand the importance of being healthy and physically fit. If your child does not burn off excess energy exercising, how will he or she burn off all that energy?

Skill#8: CO-ORDINATION – Your child will learn left from right. They will become better physical participants in sports and activities. The better co-ordination your child has, the fewer injuries your child will sustain.
In our Little Tiger classes we make learning fun and educational. Our goal is to help your pre-schooler be the best they can be at everything they put their minds to. Our Motto is “Little Tigers today, Leader’s tomorrow!”

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Children sparring in Taekwondo class

A quick article on the benefits of sparring in class.

Shy kids find it hard to cope with confrontation. Teasing in the school yard can ruin their day. And a threat from a bully can lead to poor self-esteem and many other problems. Through Taekwondo sparring, children will learn to face up to confrontation.

They learn how to stand in a ring and face someone who is trying to attack them. They learn how to react in such situation and deal with the problem.

Good Taekwondo instructors build up children sparring skills slowly and make sure they practice in a safe environment. So at first Taekwondo kids face a couple of kicks in a drill, may be a few punches... And in time they build up to full sparring bouts lasting around 1-2 minutes. Through their sparring training, children will learn not to panic and not to run away. They will know not to turn their backs, but stand up tall and face their aggressor. They will be able to think clearly under huge pressure and will learn how to hit back in a measured way with self-control. Their confidence will grow tremendously!

When sparring, the children are well padded up in Taekwondo sparring gear. But the odd bruise is part of the territory. (Serious injury in kids sparring is highly unlikely). When kids get a knock it's easy for them to burst into tears and give up. But over time, trough sparring sessions and training, they will learn not to let the situation beat them. They find strong spirit and determination inside themselves.
They learn to take a deep breath and clear their mind of negative thoughts. They learn to keep going! They learn that giving up is not an option.

And the end result of coming through all these barriers and fighting these battles, is a massive increases in self confidence, self esteem, and overall mental toughness.
Suddenly the taunts of the school bully seem less of a problem.

Through sparring, children also learn to deal with success and failure. Your child might be naturally good at Taekwondo sparring, and enjoy some early success. But if your child enters competitions they will eventually come up against an opponent who is better than them on the day. And they will lose.
For a very confident child who is used to early success and winning all the time, this can be very tough to take. It can be very hard for them to handle themselves in the face of failure. The adrenaline rush of competition makes it difficult to stay calm, and they can feel very upset and very low. Many children will unfortunately want to quit at this point!

And that's why sparring in class is very important. You do not always win in class and have to deal with failure now and again. This will prepare the children for the highs and lows of competitions.

If they learn how to stay humble, reflect on what they did well and get back to training with determination and good humor, then they learn a very important life lesson. And they grow stronger in the process!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

First class of 2012

Tonight was our first class back after the Christmas Holidays!

It was nice to see everyone back, ready to train hard and start the new year.
We also had a little belt ceremony for the students who took part in the grading on the 19th December 2011. Everybody did really well and moved on to the next grade, making it an other successful end of the year grading.

2012 is going to be a very busy year as we have many tournaments, gradings and seminars lined up. We will also have a few students from Cowbridge grading for their Black Belt in April and October. Exciting news for them and me and it is now time to start working towards it.
I am sure that 2012 will be a very successful year and wish all the students good luck in their training.