Last weekend Stoke UTA welcomed Moldovan taekwondo athlete, Aaron Cook for a seminar session, in the Wallace Sports and Education Centre in Abbey Hulton, Stoke.
He was accompanied by his girlfriend, Team GB’s Olympic medallist Bianca Walkden. The class started at 9am last Saturday and finished at 11am. Cook taught a class of up to 70 taekwondo students. In the seminar he showed defence skills as well as kicking and body shots.
Bianca Walkden, helping one of the young seminar attendees, to aim her kick higher above the leg.
Master Peter Johnson had attended a European Training Session with Team GB, just before he jets off to Rhodes, Greece for the European World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Championships.
The training had lasted for a whole weekend, and it was also the last training Master Johnson would get before the Europeans, which will start in just under two weeks time.
Everyone at Stoke UTA wishes good luck to Master Johnson.
Olympic stars Aaron Cook and Bianca Walkden, are the most recent visitors of the Kukkitwo. This is Stoke UTA’s very own private training facility.
Moldovan Olympic athlete Cook and Team GB’s Olympic medallist Walkden, had visited the facility just before heading down to deliver the seminar for Stoke UTA at the Wallace and Sports Education centre, in Abbey Houlton, Stoke.
The Kukkitwo is where Master Peter Johnson gives extra training and delivers special 1-1 sessions for individual students.
Master Johnson’s private facility has become quite a hit on Facebook, with people from around the globe wanted to use it for their own training purposes.
The name originated from South Korea’s famous Kukkiwon taekwondo school, which is a training ground for students in Korea. So the name Kukkitwo stood out for Master Johnson as Kukkiwon could be read as Kukki-one. It was a very well thought out wordplay.
Stoke UTA’s most anticipated seminar with Moldovan Olympian Aaron Cook, will take place this weekend, at the Wallace Sports and Education Centre, on Abbots road, at nine in the morning
The session will last two hours, ending at eleven. Cook will then be willing to sign merchandise for all those who attend. This will be one of Stoke UTA’s highest number of students attending a seminar. There will be nearly 70 students at the Wallace Centre.
This is one of the many seminars held by Stoke UTA , a few previous ones that had been hosted included players like GB Martin Stamper and double World Champion GM Tong Won Shin 9th dan.
Stoke UTA lead the way in the Midlands in holding not only excellent class seminars. But successful development days and elite poomsae and korougi training days.
The Stoke UTA stable has produced World, European, Commonwealth and National Championships. There are not many organisations or clubs in the Midlands, who have been successful in producing elite champions and dan grades as Stoke UTA.
Stoke UTA’s very own Jack Pickin, has been shortlisted for this years Evening Sentinel Sports Awards in the junior male category for 2016.
Pickin has had a great year for the club, winning medals at the double National Champion in both junior and senior categories in London. He also represented Great Britain’s Junior Fighting team in the Junior World Championships in Burnaby, Canada. He went on to make it through to the final 16.
The 16 year-old has definitely won an award but if he is in first place or third, we will find out in May.
Master Peter Johnson 7th Dan had travelled to Uxbridge, London for a British Taekwondo (BT) European training session which lasted the whole day with the BT Euro team.
Master Johnson had picked up a calf injury, but is still trying to go strong while preparing for the forth coming Europeans in Rhodes, Greece.
Stoke UTA’s Master Peter Johnson, has been nominated to coach Keele University in Portugal this summer for the European Universities Championship.
He will represent the British Student Taekwondo Federation, and will even coach a few poomsae players from other Universities across the UK.
Stoke UTAs Jack Pickin and Calum Johnson have both passed their 2nd dan and 3rd dan grade yesterday in Manchester.
Both Pickin and Johnson, had been graded under a panel of 8th dan, 9th dan and two 7th dan judges. These are excellent results again for Stoke UTA.
Master Peter Johnson has completed a very successful seminar in the Isle of Man for the ACE Taekwondo club.
The ACE club had invited Master Johnson, for a seminar he also sat through one of the clubs cup grading session.
As well as having a seminar in the Isle of Man, Master Johnson had also started to help a small group of students in their poomsae competition.
Master Johnson has said he will be hoping to go back soon to do another seminar.
He said: “It was a great Seminar and all the students were eager to learn, and the hospitality was fantastic.”