On Sunday 9th February five members of Swain Taekwon-Do set off to Tonbridge to train with Master Jaroslaw Suska. And all with fresh aches from competing, coaching and refereeing at the International Open the day before!
On Saturday 8th January Swain Taekwon-Do attended the P.U.M.A. International Open Championships in Swindon. There were almost 400 competitors from many schools and organisations in attendance.
Swain Taekwon-Do took 8 members - competitors, coaches and competition officials! Read on to find out how they got on.
The extra activities for Swain Taekwon-Do students keep on coming! This time Mr and Mrs Swain were joined by 6 of our students for P.U.M.A.s National Squad training in Swindon on 2nd Feb.
Both Mr and Mrs Swain were helping to coach this session; 3 hours of practice to prepare for the P.U.M.A. International Open Championships on 8th Feb. Starting off with patterns, then sparring drills and sparring, then on to some final fitness and reaction speed work.
If you are interested in improving your competition skills, or one day want to represent P.U.M.A. at international competitions coming along to squad is your first step.
Another busy weekend for Swain Taekwon-Do saw Mr Swain and Mr Bailey junior head to Eindhoven, The Netherlands for the 2020 Open Dutch Championships while Mrs Swain put some students through their paces with an extra sparring session!
The weekend of the 18th and 19th January was a very busy weekend for Swain Taekwon-Do students. On the Saturday some of our members went to Swindon for National Squad training, and then on Sunday we had Red and Black belt training in Yate with Master Gayle and Master Ogborne.
The final Taekwon-Do Colour Belt Grading of 2019 was held on Thursday 28th November with Mr Lammin (6th Degree) as the examiner. Our students were tested on their line work, patterns, set sparring, free sparring, power and theory. Once again we had a 100% pass rate!
The 2019 P.U.M.A. British Championships were held on Sunday 17th November at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon. There were just under 300 competitors in total!
Swain Taekwon-Do had their biggest team of students entering, which was fantastic. I was particularly impressed to see everyone moving around the different rings to support each other through the competition.
P.U.M.A. Winter Camp was held at Warmwell Holiday Park between 8th and 11th November. Mr and Mrs Swain were joined by Mrs Hallett, Mrs Rosie, Miss Rosie and Ben Rosie for the weekend. It is our nearest P.U.M.A.-wide event, and I'd encourage everyone to do their best to get there at least once. Many thanks to Mrs Hallett for the review of the weekend below!
Another fantastic grading was held in Totton under the watchful eye of our grading examiner Mr Daniel Lammin (6th Degree). This was one of the larger gradings that Swain Taekwon-Do have had, with 19 students being tested. The requirements included fundamental techniques, patterns, set sparring, free sparring and theory.
Swain Taekwon-Do students had another fantastic day at the PUMA English Championships held in Swindon on the 7th July. From the schools we had four students and one instructor competing, as well as three black belts attending the whole day as officials.
5 Competitors, 2 Gold and 3 Bronze medals! Well done Team Swain!
Welcome to our blog which we'll be using to record special events and successes of our students.