Sunday, 29 December 2013

2013 Review

First of all, I would like to thank all my students for their hard work and dedication in training, gradings and competitions! Thank you also to all parents and guardians for your continuous support to the club during 2013. It has been another great year, the school is growing and the standards are improving all the time!

We have had a very successful year again when it comes to all the colour belts gradings and many more students are getting closer to the Black Belt level. I am looking forward to help them getting ready for the next Black Belt gradings in April and October 2014. The Little Tigers also keep on displaying great enthusiasm and continue to improve with every class, with a few of them making a very good transition into the Junior Taekwondo classes.


I would also like to congratulate and encourage all students taking part in tournaments and testing their skills in a competitive environment. All of the young competitors have shown a lot of heart and determination and will benefit from their experiences. Win or lose, they all deserve to be praised for their efforts. The introduction this year of the Inner-Spirit Goodwill tournaments has been very beneficial in order to give our younger students an opportunity to compete from a young age.

In 2013, I had the chance once again to travel the World and take part in some amazing training camps in Switzerland and Thailand and those experiences will stay with me for the rest of my life. I would like to thank again all the fantastic Coaches, Instructors and training partners for sharing their knowledge and time!

The New Year brings some very excited news with the opening of my new Taekwondo School in Porthcawl in January! This is a very exciting time for me and teaching in a new area and train a new generation of young Martial Artists will be, I am sure, a very rewarding experience. I am looking forward to run both the Cowbridge and Porthcawl Taekwondo Schools and this will hopefully help me realising my dream of becoming a full time Instructor!

As I said last year, I would like to encourage my students to set goals and challenges, 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, improve as an Instructor and support all my students reach their goals and potential.

We have an exciting and busy year 2014 ahead of us and a lot to look forward to! Regional, National and International competitions, Taekwondo gradings and graduations for the Little Tigers, a new Taekwondo School opening, seminars, training camps...

I would like to say well done and thank you all once again for your support and dedication, and I’m sure that we will all have an amazing 2014.

Happy New Year!

Neil Gimbel

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

December grading 2013

Congratulations to all who attented the grading on the 4th of December! This was our last grading of the year and over 100 students were graded by Master Peros at his new Taekwondo academy in Cardiff. Well done for the excellent results and keep up the hard work!



 
 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Goodwill tournament results

 
A massive well done to every student who took part in the 2nd Inner Spirit Goodwill Tournament on the 1st of December 2013 in Cardiff! The competition was again a huge success with more than 150 competitors from all the Inner Spirit Taekwondo schools around Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Everybody had a chance to show their skills and test themselves in a safe environment and the level of competition is improving every year.

The Cowbridge Competition Team showed a lot of skills, competed and fought really hard, some of the students in their first competition ever. All the new comers to the competiton circuit showed a lot of courage, represented their Taekwondo school very well and did me proud!
Everybody improved their game, showed great attitude and I know that all of the young competitors will get a lot of experience for future tournaments.

A special mention to Yvie Williams who came First in the peewee division in her 2nd competition to date!!! Huge congratulations also to Rhydian Williams who took the gold medal in a very tough ligthweight division, Ben Arnesen who won in the patterns event and Ben Sutton who only lost by a point in the finals of the heavyweight division! Overall, it was a very good day for the club and all the hard work and dedication is paying off!

As always, a big thank you to Joseph Schembri and Brian Taylor for organising such a great event!

Well done everyone:
  • Matthew Brazier
  • Joe Sutton
  • Ben Sutton
  • Jacob Seamark
  • Rhydian Williams
  • Benjamin Arnesen
  • Jake White
  • Cameron White
  • Sebastian Steffen
  • William Miles
  • Lewis Sevenoaks
  • Yvie Williams
  • Benjamin Hardy


Monday, 25 November 2013

British Championships 2013

Congratulations to all the Cowbridge students who took part in the T.A.G.B. British Championships yesterday in Cardiff! A very good display of skills from everyone competing in patterns and sparring! A special mention goes to Yvie Williams who won a Bronze medal in her first competition to date! Well done Yvie and everyone else who gave their best on the day!

Liam Sloan
Rhydian Williams
Yvie Williams
Joseph Brazier
Matthew Brazier
Arthur Short
Ben Arnesen
Joe Sutton
Ben Sutton
William Miles

Monday, 11 November 2013

Goodwill Tournament December 2013

The next Annual Goodwill Tournament, will be held on Sunday 1th December 2013 at:

The Welsh Institute of Sport
Sofia Gardens
CF11 9SW
Cardiff
10am to 15pm

The purpose of this event is to encourage all Inner Spirit Students to take part in competition – it is a goodwill event so Every Competitor will receive a medal.

Sparring Equipment will be required.

This Event will be supporting the Jenny Schembri Foundation

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Next Grading – 4th December 2013 Taekwondo Centre Cardiff

Please note our next grading will take place on:

4th December 2013
Taekwondo Centre
194b Cowbridge Road East
CF5 1GW Cardiff

There will be no spectators allowed in the grading, all lower grades will be on first, so that they can leave asap. They will then have their results in class.

Grading will start at 6.00pm for all grades

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

Sunday, 13 October 2013

T.A.G.B. Welsh Closed Championships 2013

The 2013 T.A.G.B. Taekwondo Welsh Closed Championships will be held on the 27th of October 2013.

University of South Wales
Caerleon Campus
Lodge Road, Caerleon, Newport
South Wales NP18 3QT

Could all entry forms be submitted by the 21st of October.
Please see your instructor for more information.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

T.A.G.B. British Championships 2013

The T.A.G.B. British Championships 2013 will be on the 24th of November and will take place at UWIC, Cardiff.

Address:
University of Wales Institute Cardiff,
Cyncoed Road,
CF23 6XD Cardiff.

All entry forms to be in by the 4th of November please.

Start time will be 9am.

COMPETITORS
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.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Next Grading – 1st October 2013 Llantwit Major School

Please note our next grading will take place on:

1st October 2013
Llantwit Major High School
Ham Lane East
CF61 1TQ

There will be no spectators allowed in the grading, all lower grades will be on first, so that they can leave asap. They will then have their results in class.

Grading will start at 6.00pm for all grades

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

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Thailand training camp 2013

Mr Schembri and I have just come back from a fantastic training camp in Thailand!

We trained twice a day for over 10 days with sessions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu every morning and Muay Thai in the afternoon. It was very hard at times to do 2 long sessions a day and the heat made it even more difficult but I have realised a dream to finally train with some amazing Thai Coaches and Instructors and some amazing grapplers from all over the World.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sessions took place at Tiger Muay Thai & MMA training Camp under Brazilian Instructor Fernando Maccachero who is a 4th degree Black Belt in BJJ and Coach of the Brazilian Top Team Phuket. It was a fantastic experience and honor to train under Professor Fernando and I learnt a lot in a short amount of time!

The Thai boxing classes were at Dragon Muay Thai with a team of former champions and fighters from all over Thailand. The training was extremely hard in the afternoon heat and the never ending rounds on the pads and heavy bags was definitely a challenge and took my fitness to a new level!

This training camp was amazing and I hope to have more opportunities in the future to go back to Thailand and train again with all these phenomenal Martial Artists! It would also be great to maybe one day take some of my own students to train in different styles and share such a fantastic experience!






 
 
 

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

10 Reasons Martial Arts benefits kids

A great article on the benefits of Martial Arts for children.

     In a culture that seems to glorify violence in everything from music to video games and television shows, the idea of enrolling your child in Martial Arts training classes doesn’t always seem like a good one. While Martial Arts-centered action films seem to be filled to the brim with violent behavior and gory injuries, you may be surprised to learn that Martial Arts’ training is actually very beneficial to kids. Like so many other things that Hollywood doesn’t always get right, Martial Arts isn’t quite the brutal, vicious pastime that it seems. In fact, these are 10 of the reasons why you may want to consider Martial Arts training for your child.
 
  1. Fostering Self-Discipline – One of the central tenets of all forms of the Martial Arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Kids with a Martial Arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is.
  2. Boosting Socialization Skills – Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not always have much common ground, but devotees to the Martial Arts are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. Partner-driven forms like Taekwondo or Jiu-Jitsu can also foster camaraderie, as they force kids to pair off and build their skills together.
  3. Encouraging Physical Activity – Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle they are used to, but also gives them an enjoyable activity that inspires them to keep moving.
  4. Learning to Set and Achieve Goals – Most forms of Martial Arts are based around an accomplishment system of colored belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he’s learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals. This can be very beneficial for future exams in school.
  5. Increased Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move they master and every belt they earn. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a Martial Arts class.
  6. Instilling a Sense of Respect – Learning any Martial Arts style will require your child to show their instructor unflinching respect. Today’s kid culture doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When they go to a karate or Taekwondo class, though, children will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.
  7. Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Thinking that Martial Arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
  8. Improving Listening Skills – In order to master the skills they are being taught and advance through the belt ranks, children will have to exercise superior listening skills. Kids who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in their Martial Arts lesson.
  9. Developing Teamwork Skills – Whether he’s breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new skill, there are few things that your child does in his Martial Arts classes that will be done on his own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the Martial Arts can help your child learn that lesson.
  10. Improvement in Other Areas of Life – The benefits of Martial Arts training don’t end in the dojo. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect their behavior at home and have an all-around good and positive influence on them as they develop into an adult.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Taekwondo International World Championships 2013

Congratulations to all the competitors who took part in the 2013 TI World Championships on the weekend! The competition was a huge success and the atmosphere was amazing.

Massive congratulations to Joseph Schembri who won his 4th World Title!!! A truly inspirational performance from a great friend and legend of Taekwondo! What an amazing achievement!!!

Well done also to Matthew Jackson on his first World Title in a very tough lightweight division!

The Welsh Teams also had huge success with the ladies getting Bronze and the men getting Silver after an epic battle against England in the final!

This was by far one of the best organised tournament I have had the chance to see in years and the level of competition was unbelievable. Well done again to all countries involved, all competitors, referees and organisers and bring on the next one!





Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Next grading - Cardiff Welsh Institute of Sports 26/06/2013


The next Taekwondo grading will take place on Wednesday 26th of June at The Welsh Institute of Sports in Cardiff.

Welsh Institute of Sport
Cardiff
CF11 9SW
Start 6:30pm
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 licence, no later than 4 days prior to the arranged date.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Welsh Open Championships results

Well done to all the students who took part in the Welsh Open Championships on Sunday 19th of May. The competition was again a huge success, with competitors coming from all over the UK to take part in one of the best National tournaments of the year.
Congratulations to all the boys from Cowbridge, some of them competing for the first time!
A special mention to Ben Sutton who took Bronze in a packed division, only losing in the semi-finals. Liam Sloan also took Bronze in his first competition as a cadet in a very tough Black Belt division!

Well done to all who competed, fought brilliantly and represented the Cowbridge club very well. Everybody showed a lot of heart and determination on the day and will definitely benefit from the experience!
  • Liam Sloan
  • Harvey Stockford
  • Jake White
  • Ben Sutton
  • Joe Sutton
  • Joseph Brazier
  • Matthew Brazier
  • Deri Guildford
  • Benjamin Arnesen

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Goodwill tournament results

Well done to everyone who took part in the excellent Inner Spirit Goodwill Tournament on the 21st of April!
The competition was a huge success with more than a 100 competitors from all the Inner Spirit Taekwondo schools.

All the students from Cowbridge showed a lot of skills and fought really hard, some of them in their first competition to date.
Everybody improved their game and I was very please to see all of the young competitors getting some experience for future tournaments.
A special mention to Ben Sutton who came First in a very strong Lightweight division!!!

A big thank you to Joseph Schembri and Brian Taylor for organising such a great event!

Well done everyone:
  • Matthew Brazier
  • Joe Sutton
  • Ben Sutton
  • Jacob Seamark
  • Rhydian Williams
  • Benjamin Arnesen


Saturday, 20 April 2013

T.A.G.B. Welsh Open Championships 2013

The 2013 T.A.G.B. Taekwondo Welsh Open Championships will be held at University of Wales Institute Cardiff, on the 19th of May 2013.

University of Wales Institute Cardiff
Cyncoed Campus
Cyncoed Road
Cardiff
CF23 6XD

9.30am Start.

All competitors may only wear standard white T.A.G.B. doboks, the most recent national doboks or T.A.G.B. Tiger Dobok. (No club doboks)
 
Please give your form and competition fees to your instructor before the closing date on Friday the 3rd of May.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Inaugural Annual Goodwill Tournament

The Inaugural Annual Goodwill Tournament, will be held on Sunday 21th April 2013 at:

The Welsh Institute of Sport
Sofia Gardens
CF11 9SW
Cardiff

The purpose of this event is to encourage all Inner Spirit Students to take part in competition – it is a goodwill event so Every Competitor will receive a medal.

Sparring Equipment will be required.

This Event will be supporting the Jenny Schembri Foundation

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Monday, 25 March 2013

T.A.G.B. Welsh Closed Championships 2013

The 2013 T.A.G.B. Welsh Closed Championship will be held on SUNDAY 14th April 2013

Newport Centre
Kingsway
NP20 1UH
Newport

All competitors to arrive by 9.30 a.m.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Master Jaeyong Jeon Seminar

On Saturday the 30th of March 2013 my good friend Master Jaeyong Jeon from Australia is coming to Cardiff for a Korean kicking master class!

I have had the chance to compete against Master Jae and train with him on multiple occasion. Master Jae is an amazing martial artist, former Korean Taekwondo Champion and undefeated full contact Kickboxing Champion! Do not miss this opportunity to train with a fantastic instructor and competitor.

£6 per student.

Saturday 30/03/2013
2pm to 3:30pm
Welsh Institute of Sports
Sophia Gardens
CF11 9SW
Cardiff

Please contact me for more information.

Monday, 25 February 2013

T.A.G.B. English Championships 2013

The TAGB English Championships will be held on SUNDAY 24th March 2013

Skydome Arena
Skydome Leisure Park,
Croft Road,
Coventry,
CV1 3AZ.


COMPETITORS:

All competitors to arrive by 9.00 a.m.

All competitors may only wear standard white TAGB doboks, the most recent national doboks or TAGB Tiger Dobok. (No club doboks)

Please give your form and competition fees to your instructor before the closing date on Friday the 8th of March.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Next Grading – 20th March 2013 Llantwit Major School

Please note our next grading will take place on:

20th March 2013
Llantwit Major High School
Ham Lane East
CF61 1TQ

There will be no spectators allowed in the grading, all lower grades will be on first, so that they can leave asap. They will then have their results in class.

Grading will start at 6.00pm for all grades

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


Sunday, 27 January 2013

T.A.G.B. South Midlands Championships 2013

Date and information for the next tournament:

T.A.G.B. South Midlands Championships 2013

SUNDAY 10th February 2013
Hereford Leisure Centre
Holmer Road
Hereford HR4 9UD

All entry forms to be in by the 4th of February please.

All competitors to arrive at 9:30am

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