October 2023 Updates

Hi folks, 

Please see the latest club updates below. 🎃

>>> Class Cancellations

At the end of this month, All Souls Church Hall will be closed for flooring refurbishment for a full week. This will be from Monday 30th October, with classes resuming on Monday 6th November. Apologies for any inconvenience.

>>> Class Payments

Our classes operate on a pay-as-you-go system. Please either pay by cash in class, or if you are paying online, please try to do so on the day that you attend training (or you can pay in advance). Keeping track of missing or late payments is not our favourite thing to do, so please make your payments on time. Thank you 🙂

>>> Tournaments & Events

The following events are coming up over the next few months. We hope to see you there!

  • Sunday 22nd October – OMA Regional Championships, Wrexham. 
    This is an excellent opportunity to have a go at competing if you’re inexperienced, plus it’s a rare chance to compete close to home!
    Enter online by Saturday 21st October. More information
  • Sunday 29th October – GTI Masters Seminar, Redditch.
    Train with 4 Taekwondo Masters in a single day! Benefit From their expertise in patterns, kicking development, and self defence. Open to all members age 13+.
    Book onlineMore information.
  • Sunday 26th November – ITFU British Open Championships, Cannock.
    Enter onlineMore information
  • Sunday 3rd December – GTI British Open, Cheltenham. 
    Pick up an entry form in class. More information.  

For further information on these and other events, please see the Events page of our website. Please note that instructors & coaches may not be able to attend all events; however, students are still very welcome to attend. Please familiarise yourself with all the rules and ensure that your licence is valid before entering.  

>>> Tiger & Colour Belt Gradings

The next Tiger and Colour Belt Grading will be held on Saturday 9th December at All Souls Church Hall. If you want to grade, please attend classes regularly (ideally, at least twice per week) and make sure you know all the theory and practical requirements for your grade (as specified on your revision sheet). Please pick up your revision sheet in class if you haven’t already or find them online here.

Please remember that in order to grade you will need:

  • An up-to-date licence (£25)
  • White GTI uniform & belt (£39 – not needed for Tiger grades)
  • Passport-sized photo (if grading for the first time)
  • Grading fee (£10 for Tigers; £25 for those taking grades up to blue belt; £35 for higher grades)
  • Sparring kit (green belts & above).

>>> Merchandise Orders

Get your Christmas orders in ASAP! 🎄 We place our equipment and merchandise orders once per month. Please let us know if you need any uniforms, t-shirts, hoodies, sparring kit, kick pads, etc. Please take a look at our catalogue to see what’s available.

The deadline for this month’s orders will be Saturday 28th October (payment required at time of order).

>>> GTI Squad Training

All licenced students (age 7+) are welcome at GTI National Squad Training. You will have the opportunity to train with some of the GTI’s best fighters and coaches; practise with new sparring partners; improve your fitness, stamina and sparring; build your confidence; and make friends with fellow GTI students from around the country.

Give it a try and see how far you can go! Regular attendees may even get the chance to represent the GTI England team at international competitions.

Fees are £10. Please bring casual clothing (no uniform required), sparring kit and plenty of water.

Upcoming squad sessions:

  • Sunday 12th November, 12:00-15:00 – Cheltenham Bournside School (gymnasium hall), Warden Hill Road, Cheltenham, GL51 3EF.
  • Sunday 10th December, 12:00-15:00 – Phoenix Martial Arts & Fitness, Unit 8, Transfer Bridge Industrial Estate, Swindon, SN1 2HW.

>>> Awards Evening – Saturday 6th January 2023

Save the date! Come and celebrate another successful year for the club. This will be our first party since COVID disrupted everything, so it’s long overdue!

The party is scheduled for the evening of Saturday 6th January at Hollies Hall, Hollies Road, Halewood, L26 0TH.

Eat your fill from the buffet, grab a drink at the bar, and join us for presentation of the highly anticipated annual Student Awards. Award categories will include: Taekwondo Tiger of the Year, Most Improved Student, Best Newcomer, various Competitor Awards, and more!

Cost:  £6 per person / £20 family of four (pay in advance or on the day). Friends & family welcome.

That’s all for now. Please get in touch if you have any questions 🙂