June 2019 Tournament Results

Well done to our tournament team for another awesome medal haul in June!

At the ITC Open Championships on 23rd June, our team won 15 medals: 7 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze! Three students even won double gold: Callum Edwards, Tzaneen Long and Kaden Springer. Fantastic!

At the Heart of England TKD Summer Championships on 30th June, our three fighters won 7 medals: 3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze. Little Olly Gargan had a particularly successful day, winning FOUR medals – 2 gold and 2 bronze – all to himself!

Great stuff. Well done, team!

RESULTS: 2019 ITC Open Championships

Olly GarganBRONZE Point Sparring
Nikola KlizaSILVER Patterns
BRONZE Point Sparring
BRONZE Continuous Sparring
Tzaneen LongGOLD Point Sparring
GOLD Continuous Sparring
Kaden SpringerGOLD Point Sparring
GOLD Continuous Sparring
Owen GarganSILVER Patterns
BRONZE Continuous Sparring
Alan JohnsonBRONZE Patterns
Callum EdwardsGOLD Patterns
GOLD Continuous Sparring
Connor MurphyBRONZE Continuous Sparring
Sandra BaldwinGOLD Destruction

RESULTS: 2019 Heart of England TKD Summer Championships

Sandra BaldwinSILVER Patterns
BRONZE Sparring
Olly GarganGOLD Sparring
GOLD Speed Kick
BRONZE Patterns
BRONZE High Kick
Owen GarganGOLD Sparring

£625 raised for Alder Hey!

On 9th June, several of our club members took part in the GTI ‘100 Rounds of Sparring’ charity event. Callum Edwards, Sandra Baldwin, Stef Davies and Olivia & James Connolly all completed 100 one-minute rounds of sparring. It was really tough & sweaty work, but they stuck it out for a very good cause!

The final count is now in, and our little club has raised an impressive £625 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Charity! Massive thanks to everyone who sponsored our team’s efforts. Your donations will help to fund Alder Hey’s life-saving medical equipment, research and facilities; as well as supporting activities and projects designed to improve the lives of patients.

Great work, team!

Sponsored Sparring! Raising funds for Alder Hey

Who’s up for it?! 💪

On 9th June, some of our club members will be taking part in the annual GTI ‘100 Rounds of Sparring’ charity event. Participants have to complete up to 100 one-minute rounds of sparring or patterns. Think you’ve got what it takes? Challenge yourself and raise money for a great cause! All students are welcome to take part.

This year we will be raising funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Charity. Alder Hey Hospital is a place that many children in Liverpool will visit at some point in their lives. By supporting Alder Hey Children’s Charity, YOU can help raise funds for life-saving medical equipment, research and facilities; as well as supporting activities and projects designed to improve the lives of patients.

If you’d like to sponsor our team, please see one of us in person or visit our Justgiving page. Please also share our fundraising page with your friends, family and colleagues!

More info & sponsor forms

Thank you!

April 2019 Black Belt Grading

We have the absolute pleasure of announcing the promotion of one of our junior students to the rank of Black Belt! CONGRATULATIONS to Joseph McGhee, 1st Dan!

10-year-old Joe has trained with us since 2014, and has trained especially hard over the last 6 months in preparation for the GTI Black Belt Grading on 14th April. We’re extremely pleased and proud that his hard work and determination have paid off!

Well done, Joe! Great work.

March 2019 Tournament Results

Well done to our tournament team on more great results in March!

At the ITC/GBTF Northern Open on 17th March, our team won 6 silver and 4 bronze medals. Then, at the ITF HQ Welsh National Championships on 30th March, our three junior fighters won 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Well done, team!


Nikola KlizaSILVER Point sparring
BRONZE Patterns
Joe BrennanSILVER Patterns
William BrennanBRONZE Patterns
Owen GarganSILVER Patterns
SILVER Continuous sparring
BRONZE Point sparring
Connor MurphySILVER Point sparring
SILVER Continuous sparring
Sandra BaldwinBRONZE Continuous sparring

RESULTS: ITF HQ Welsh National Championships

Nikola KlizaSILVER Sparring
Olly GarganBRONZE Patterns
BRONZE Dragon tail
Owen GarganSILVER Special technique
BRONZE Sparring

2019 GMS XXI Open Championships: Results

The 2019 GMS XXI Open Championships were held on Sunday 3rd March in Motherwell, Scotland. Three North West Spirit students were in attendance, and all three did the club proud.

5-year-old Olly Gargan won a bronze medal in sparring, while big brother Owen took silver after a very close final round. Teammate Connor Murphy fought well in the junior black belt sparring category, but unfortunately missed out on the medals this time.

Well done, boys! Onwards and upwards 🙂

Our Club’s 12 Year Anniversary!

14th February 2019 marks the 12 year anniversary of our club.

We began as Halewood Taekwondo Club in 2007. Over the years, we’ve welcomed many new students and made lots of new friends. Our classes have grown considerably, with many new black belts developed and tournament champions crowned.

Thank you to all our students, coaches, volunteers and supporters for helping to make our club such a success! We couldn’t do it without you.

2019 NWTKD Open: Results

Well done to our tournament team for a fantastic day at the NWTKD North West Open Competition on 10th February. Our team of 13 students won 19 medals: 9 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze! 

In the junior yellow belt divisions, Nikola Kliza continued her winning form, taking silver medals in both patterns and sparring. Mikey Fitzgibbon and William Brennan gave solid performances in their sparring divisions, both winning silver medals.

Joseph Brennan and Oscar Booth both performed well in their individual and team patterns divisions. Oscar was competing for the first time and only narrowly missed out on a medal in the green belt patterns category, coming fourth overall.

Our four blue belt students dominated their divisions. Malika Nafees won two gold medals in patterns and sparring, becoming double North West Champion. Saad Jaffery and Harry Fowler both got stuck into their sparring bouts, fighting determinedly against some tough opponents to win well-deserved gold medals. Alan Johnson fought furiously, just missing out on the top spot and winning a silver medal. The fab four also took part in the team patterns event, each winning a bronze medal.

In the junior black belt divisions, Callum Edwards impressed the judges with his strong technical performance to take gold in patterns. In sparring, Callum had a challenging final fight against a very tall opponent, but he faced it with his usual style and spirit. After a fast and furious fight, he narrowly lost out and took the silver medal.

Amelia Fowler gave an impressive performance in her sparring category. She came up against some tough, taller fighters and some hard hitters; but she got stuck in each time and showed true fighting spirit.

Connor Murphy just missed out on a sparring medal , but was delighted to win a gold medal in team patterns along with Amelia and Callum. Not bad considering they only cobbled it together on the day!

Our team’s final fighter of the day was Phil Southern. Despite a break from competing, and despite having no one of his own size and grade to fight, he took on the heavier weights and fought strategically and skilfully to take the gold medal.

Well done to the whole team on a successful day! There were some very tough bouts, but we were pleased to see our students getting stuck in and showing great fighting spirit and determination.


Nikola KlizaSILVER Patterns
SILVER Sparring
William BrennanSILVER Sparring
Mikey FitzgibbonSILVER Sparring
Harry FowlerGOLD Sparring
BRONZE Team Patterns
Saad JafferyGOLD Sparring
BRONZE Team Patterns
Alan JohnsonSILVER Sparring
BRONZE Team Patterns
Malika NafeesGOLD Patterns
GOLD Sparring
BRONZE Team Patterns
Amelia FowlerGOLD Team Patterns
Callum EdwardsGOLD Patterns
SILVER Sparring
GOLD Team Patterns
Connor MurphyGOLD Team Patterns
Phil SouthernGOLD Sparring

2019 GTI English Open: Results

Well done to our fighters for a great effort at the GTI English Open! The tournament was held on Sunday 27th January in Cheltenham. The standard of competition was very high, but our team of 6 stepped up to the challenge, winning 6 medals: 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze! 

Little Olly Gargan was the smallest in his division, but he got stuck in against the bigger boys and came away with a well-deserved bronze medal.

Nikola Kliza dominated both her patterns and sparring events, earning two gold medals to become double English Champion.

Alan Johnson gave an impressive performance in his sparring category, pushing his opponents hard to take the gold medal (and a yellow card, but we won’t talk about that…!).

Callum Edwards faced some serious competition in the black belt patterns division, but impressed the judges with his strong performance and was awarded the gold medal. In sparring, he fought in the division above his own and challenged himself by taking on the taller lads. He held his own for several rounds, only losing out in the final to a tough and talented fighter, who was also several years older.

Owen Gargan and Connor Murphy gave solid performances against some tough competition in their patterns and sparring divisions. No medals this time, but a great effort from them both nevertheless.

Well done to the whole team on a great start to the year’s tournaments! Keep it up!


Olly GarganBRONZE Sparring
Nikola KlizaGOLD Patterns
GOLD Sparring
Alan JohnsonGOLD Sparring
Callum EdwardsGOLD Patterns
SILVER Sparring