Wellingborough, GrangePark & Wollaston TaeKwon-Do

  • Borough TKD October Newsletter

    Borough TKD October Newsletter

    Welcome to the new look Borough TKD newsletter!

    Grading Update:

    30th September saw our latest club grading and congratulations go to all our students who took part as we had a 100% pass rate. Special congratulations goes to Charles Farman from Wollaston club for receiving the only A pass this time. Also congratulations go to Mr Quadling who Grand Master Oldham put forward to take his 4th Degree. This is a huge honour and represents his 30 years of hard work - I'm sure you will join me in wishing him every success in his journey towards taking this.

    The next club grading will take place on Saturday 12th December. Any student who did not grade this September should be working grading in December.

    GTUK Website:

    All GTUK students should be registered on the GTUK website. On there you will find the official GTUK calendar and registering gives you access to all the theory sheets you will need for your gradings. These are all the information you will need for the theory section of your grading.

    GTUK British Championships - 24th October 2015

    Saturday 24th October sees the next GTUK British Championships! You should have received a separate email about this. This competition is open to all students, of any grade or age. You will need to complete your entry form and hand this and the entry fee to you instructor by 16th October 2015.

    This competition also see the first Great GTUK Bake Off! There is a prize up for grabs for the best cake/biscuits/sweet pastries as judged by the senior blackbelts. For further information on this please email admin@gtukenglandsquad.co.uk. This is a fun and friendly competition designed to raise funds for GTUK students and is open to all. As usual, anyone able to donate some time to help man the GTUK stall at the championships would be gratefully received.

    Safety Equipment:

    We would like to remind students that once they have reached the level of yellow belt they should begin to purchase themselves safety equipment. This is designed to keep students safe when sparring. All male students, regardless of grade, should own, and bring to training a groin guard. Within the GTUK the following safety equipment is compulsory for sparring - head guard, CLOSED FINGER gloves, feet pads and groin guards for male students. Shin guards and mouth guards are optional but advised. Safety equipment can be ordered through your instructor.


    All students require valid insurance to train and take part in ANY GTUK event (including training). Although Mr Quadling is doing a fantastic job of managing these for the club, please remember to check your licence card regularly so you are aware when your renewal is due. You should carry your licence card with you as GTUK senior instructor and administrators may ask to see this at any point.

    We would like to take this opportunity to wish all students entering the GTUK British Championships on the 24th good luck and look forward to updating you on our successes in our November newsletter.



  • Black Belt Grading

    Good Morning,

    We just wanted to say congratulations to everyone who took part in last weekends National and International Black Belt Tests.

    A massive congratulations must got to Kettering's head instructor Ms Jane Ailman for passed her 4th degree.



  • Black Belt Grading Advice

    Physical /Technical Preparation

    • TRAIN HARD! “In all of my black belt tests I have noticed one thing that helps more than anything is – cardio.”

    • The trick to black belt belt cardio is that you need to train three different metabolic processes:

    1. Aerobic (long term) – walk, jog or run. Aim to get up 3-5 miles. Vary speed but don’t stop.

    2. Anaerobic (short term) - e.g. sprints or shuttle runs

    3. Explosive/instant - e.g., get a stable box around 24ins high. Jump on/off several times or step up/down with alternate legs. Pick up intensity.

    • Mix basic training with pushups, squats and ab exercises. Train at least 5-6 days/week (including 2 classes).

    • Work hard on the basics of your art….”but don’t forget to work hard on your stamina, my black belt grading was long and gruelling, if you cannot maintain your form because you are totally exhausted, it really spells against you.”

    • Practice the basics in front of the mirror when you are brushing your teeth, use visualisation whilst waiting at the bus stop or in line at the post office – doing them over and over is the key.

    • Practice all of your testing material regularly, but allocate more practice time to the stuff that needs the most work.

    • Video tape your performances of basics, self defense, patterns etc.

    • Videoing yourself is painful but informative…you’ll be able to see a lot of your problem areas from the tape.

    • Stay away from things like caffeine and alcohol a month or so before the test.

    • Make sure you can demonstrate proficiency in all your techniques (punches, kicks, stances, blocks, patterns).

    • Polish your weak points – this is critical, it is the poor techniques that will sell you short.

    • Practice patterns facing in all directions and then do them with your eyes closed. Pay particular attention to the stances as that is what the examiner will look for. Do each form with intensity, even when practicing.

    • Go to class early (or stay late) and ask a black belt to take you through a practice grading.

    • Don’t test injured! It will severely impact on your performance. Better to wait.

    Mental/Spiritual Preparation

    “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

    • Believe that you test every day – always perform your techniques as best as you’re able, each and every time.

    • Martial arts are not just something you do for a few hours at a time, but something you are/become. Believe that you can and will make it through. Enjoy the journey, not just the end result.

    • Believe in yourself as the test approaches. Visualize yourself performing flawlessly - see yourself moving and succeeding.

    • Spirit is really important.

    • Talk to yourself; tell yourself you are good enough. Try placing affirmations like ‘I am a black belt’ around the house and read them. Visualise yourself being handed your 1st/2nd/3rd degree by Grand Master Oldham and everybody clapping and cheering.

    • Tell yourself that you are there because your instructor has already tested you in the dojang. You would not be there except for that and the “FACT” that you have achieved black belt in your heart. The mental is the only obstacle, not theirs, not the participants, not family or friends but YOURS. Start with the type of self talk that is success.

    Knowledge and Understanding

    • Make sure you know clearly what you are expected to do. Try to get feedback on your weaknesses (relative to the test).

    • Find out what the order of events will be in the grading itself. Know your body and its limits and expect to be pushed past them.

    • Know what standard is expected. Will the fighting be to see control and skill, or marathon style to test one’s mettle and endurance?

    • Ask questions! Things can vary from school to school, even in the same organisation. Find out what’s required – you don’t want surprises on the day!

    • Ask for a handout of the syllabus with all the techniques needed for grading.

    • Once you know all the techniques have someone call them out one after the other. Now try to do it faster. Then do it in a random order. This helps prepare you for the stress of the test.

    The Grading Day

    • Get there early to warm up and stretch. This will help you get those kicks up and prevent injury. You do not want to pull a muscle on grading day.

    • Perform your techniques with full power.

    • As it’s an assessment, on that particular day all sorts of things can happen, so concentration is a must. It’s a long day with many sections; however, you can only perform one section at a time so the best way to think about the task ahead is to take each section one at a time and then move on, putting that section behind you. This way you only have to concentrate on a smaller section of the grading and put everything into it.

    • You will make mistakes, it is human nature and no one is perfect. Do not let it get you down. Improve on the remainder of the test and you will still have a good shot.

    • Don’t let other student’s throw you off with their mistakes. Keep a razor-sharp focus on you imaginary opponent, right in front of you.

    • It is important for the testing candidate to know that they will make mistakes. The test is how the person deals with the mistake.

    • The material needs to be second nature to you before the test. Be confident in your knowledge of the technique, your ability to execute it on command and approach your test without anxiety.

    • Keep your muscles warm and stretched throughout the test. If it’s not your turn focus your mind on the next task in hand.

    • Remember to take everything with you: yourself, dobok and belt, sparring mitts, gum shield (and any other protective gear), slip on shoes, over gi top, drinks, food, confidence!



  • March Coloured Belt Grading

    Morning All,

    I would just like to say a well done to the 50+ students who graded last night under the watchful eyes of both Grand Master Oldham and Mr Richard Auciello. A massive congratulations to Erika Litchfiend and Charles Farman for getting A Grade Passes.

    Keep Up The Hard Work!



  • Northants Interclub 2015

    Hello Everybody,

    Please see a post competition write up from one of Wollaston Tkd students Miss Lindsay Appleton.


    The Northamptonshire Interclub competition is a friendly competition and a good opportunity for students to try competing and build their confidence. Six clubs were invited to attend this year and a large number of students from all the clubs involved took part. It was particularly nice to see students who had travelled from Bungay and Beccles clubs to take part in the competition.

    The competition began with patterns categories across all three divisions; Pee wee, Junior and Adult. All students did their instructors proud and did well to remember all they had been taught. For students for whom this was their first competition this was particularly true, however the spirit of the day was embraced by all students.

    This competition saw a large Dragon category take place, allowing the youngest members of the clubs to take part in the day. They did a fantastic job, led by Mrs Wright, at remembering all they have been taught. The addition of this category, focused on taking part and enjoying competing, meant that now even younger students could be part of the day.

    Following the conclusion of the patterns categories proceedings quickly moved onto the sparring categories. It was brilliant to watch everyone apply all that they have been taught in class in a competition, a different type of opportunity to the ones that can be offered in class. Students showed courtesy, perseverance, integrity, self-control and indomitable spirit, the five tenets of Taekwondo, in their spars and learnt a lot from the day.

    As usual the Black Belts took to the floor at the end of the day, showing off their skills in Patterns and Sparring. It was a brilliant opportunity for students to see what they will be aiming for in the future. The support and dedication of the Black Belts in their roles of officials throughout the day was greatly appreciated, from setting up the hall in the morning, to organising the categories, to refereeing and being corner judges.

    Congratulations go to Wellingborough club for winning the day overall with the highest number of medals.

    Our thanks go to Mrs and Mr Wright from Grange Park for organising such a fantastic event and Mrs Parker from Northampton for her support in the running of the day.


    Thank you Lindsay for the above report.




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