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The United Taekwondo Association held its April Dan Grading at the Wallace Centre, Stoke on Trent. Clubs and Students from Stoke, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northern Ireland, and Scotland were all in attendance. On the panel were Master Glen Culbert 6th Dan – UTANI Northern Ireland and UTA Committee Member, Master Peter Johnson 7th Dan – UTA Vice Chairman, Master David Bailey 7th Dan – UTA Secretary and Grand Master T W Shin 9th Dan and UTA Chairman. This is the highest graded Dan Panel in the Country and the most experienced .
Students were grading from 1st Dan up to Third Dan and the standard was exceptional. All students had to perform stepping/movement techniques down the hall forwards and backwards! Then any technical hand techniques down the hall forwards and backwards. Then sport fighting kicks down the hall and counter kicks attacking and evading. Then each student had to perform basic poomsae kicks down the hall. Then three poomsae. Each student had to perform the one for their grade the one below and any kup grade poomsae picked at random from one of the Masters.
After this they had to perform one step sparring using varying hand and foot techniques with a partner, then with full protective kit full contact sparring to competition level. This was then followed by destruction jump back kick, jump spin back kick jump spin hook kick on breaking board and wood. The grading was the finished off by a 1 hour written test on the knowledge of Taekwondo a 75% pass mark required on this test.
The UTA grading is one of the toughest in the world and students who complete this and are successful are truly deserving of their black belts and have definitely earned their grade!
The UTA held its Annual National Seminar at Stoke on Trent Today with Clubs from all over England Scotland and Northern Ireland. With Master Denny Jones doing a great Self Defense Seminar, Master David Bailey 7th Dan doing the Sport Taekwondo Section and Grand Master T W Shin 9th Dan conducting a great Poomsae Seminar.
Stoke UTA did its first Kup Grading after nearly 12 months at the St Johns CE School Newcastle Today. All in 25 Students were graded by Master Peter Johnson 7th Dan, Assisted by Peter Cliffe 2nd Dan and Bethany Johnson 2nd Dan. An excellent Grading and Headmistress Mrs Bloor was very Impressed with the standard of the pupils on the day .
Over the School Holidays Stoke UTA are hosting a Fighter Development Day. This gives pupils the experience of a true fight sparring competition environment. This competition will also give the pupils experience using the PSS electronic scoring system. All participants will receive a certificate and medal. This is open to all grades.
Don’t miss your chance to train with the country’s top Masters in WTF Taekwondo and Self defense. Top Self defense Expert Master Denny Jones, Fighting training with top Coach Master David Bailey 7th Dan, Poomsae with grand Master T W shin 9th Dan and Master Glen Culbert 6th Dan from Northern Ireland. Not to be missed at a great Price and value
A huge well done to all the competitors at this years British Taekwondo National Championships in Manchester. Stoke-UTA enjoyed its best results ever this year with some brilliant performances and the whole team showing the determination and courage to compete and take medals!
The club came close to securing three national champions and everyone fought brilliantly. 9 Players, 8 National Titles, One New National Champion, Three Silver Medalists and Four Bronze Medalists. Huge congratulations to Calum Johnson, Amy Truesdale, Chloe Dunn, Jack Pickin, Rob Wilding, Lucy Wilding, Claire Sollaku, Olivia Harper and Jonny May.
Also huge thanks to our support staff, Julia Mason, Chloe Dunn, Bethany Johnson and Calum Johnson together with help from our TKD friends Martin Hold and Jordan Bignall. Again a great thank you to all involved, this competition again showed the quality of our competitors and our training!