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A lifeline has been handed out to our players , during this hard time of lockdowns and tragedy , with competition organisers issuing out virtual online competitions !  Even though not being the same as normal competitions it keeps the players and students motivated and training during this period ! Coach peter Johnson and Stoke Superstar Kacey Titley have rose to the challenge and kept the flag flying for Stoke UTA !




It’s a testing time for all sports ,but a virtual lifeline was handed out to practitioners of the sport of taekwondo as the European Taekwondo Federation hosted the first ever Online WTE Daedo Open European forms championships 2020 , to be held over the 4th and 10th of May in the arts discipline of Poomsae forms and the Argentine Taekwondo Federation held the first Samjoko Won Open world Championships 2020 !
Stoke UTAs World European and Commonwealth medallist master Peter Johnson rose to the challenge and entered himself, and his female champion Kacey Titled into these historic competitions!
Over 1200 competitors from 75 country’s entered Inaugural European competition! The tournament was organised so that the players filmed their performances and submitted to the organisers to be marked virtually by top panels of International referees from all over the world and was to be broadcast live on four YouTube virtual links , and over 500 in the Samjoko Kwon Argentinian World Event !
Poomsae, forms are a discipline that relies on individual skill and performance, so it suits the virtual format, and most importantly keeps myself and my students engaged at home training hard to continue our competition cycle throughout the season!
Master Johnson got through to the Final eight players in which was to be a tough division, with players from the USA, Germany, Spain, Finland, Portugal and Argentina all vying for medals in the final , and took an amazing silver medal place just narrowly missing out on gold the James Park from the USA !
The European competition was held over seven days with different divisions every day Master Johnson was competing in the Dan Grade U65 years Division and Young Kacey Titley aged 13 from smallthorne in the Dan Grade Cadet U14 Division , who competed on the second day of the competition in a massive category of over 70 players , Kacey went through the Preliminary rounds but just missed out on the final eight by one place , but never the less a great performance and Kacey still keeping her standard up during this testing time !
Master Johnson competed on the last day of the competition in a final that featured some new and talented players , nearing the end of the under sixty five age division , and moving up next year into the over 65 years , divisions he was the oldest in the group !
In the Samjokwon World Championships, held a week later Master Johnson took Gold in a strong field , players from Argentina , Spain and young Stoke UTA star Kacey Titley made it to the final just missing out on a Bronze medal by one place !


Carrying on from there success at the Kinder  Scout open Derby Stoke UTA sent a small team to compete in the UTF GB International at the Lee Valley Stadium in London ! With over 400 players over the weekend Stoke UTA took three Gold medals and Team medals 100% success for the team ! Master Peter Johnson took Gold in the U65 division , Wayne Nicklin Gold in the U60 Division and Kacey Titley Gold in the U14 Female division and all took Team golds as well ! Another great success for our team in 2019 !


Stoke UTA Taekwondo took a relatively small team to the 1st Kinderscout Championships held at the Derby Arena at the weekend ! A large event wit both Fighting and Poomsae (forms ) was featured , and the Stoke Team put small teams in both , But came away with twelve golds five silvers and three Bronzes in one of the Best Stoke UTA results of the year , and topping the day took a overall team trophy as well , Gold and silver Medals came from Marlon Penny , Craig Astbury and Liam Tolly in the fighting section , and In the Forms section Master Peter Johnson took Gold , James beard more  , two golds along with Wayne Nicklin and Andrea Wan and Rosie Hurst , Kacey Titley took Silver and Two bronzes in Individual team and Pairs , Mel Stazaker took a great silver in the individual  and Martin Smit from Holland guest team member took Bronze and Gold as well too make another fantastic result for our club !


Master Sang -Young Park 6th Dan from Winner Taekwondo ,was invited to Stoke UTA to conduct a technical poomsae Session at the Wallace Centre Abbey Hulton at the Weekend ! As a part of the drive for Poomsae Excellence , Master Peter Johnson 7th Dan World , European and Commonwealth medallist is Inviting the best Technical /poomsae exponents in Great Britain , recently Grand Master Shin 9th Dan conducted a session and this Month Master Park came and delivered a excellent session covering all key points and movement of poomsae  technique ! Clubs from Stoke , Staffs Taekwondo , NTC , Birmingham , Milton Keynes were in Attendance , and feedback from the students was exceptional they all enjoyed master parks delivery of a great session !Stoke UTA is to continue with more sessions to improve its students and friends , with more frequent Sessions from GM Shin and Master Park in the future , and Also Master Martin Smit travelled from Holland to stay for the weekends training and Competition ! Thanks to everyone who supported at the weekend !


Stoke UTA Taekwondo hosted a UTA Seminar this weekend at the Wallace Sports Centre ! grand Master Tong Won Shin 9th Dan and Double World Champion Conducted the session .

The five hour session was split into two groups Kup and Dan with smaller groups that could get more 1-1 attention and feedback , Although Dan grades could and did stay on for the duration of the session . Nearly five hours of constructive Poomsae and technical training from one of the best coaches in the world ! Clubs from Shins Academy , Horizon , Gajock, NTC and Stoke were all in attendance ! With virtually 1-1 instruction and attention to detail GM Shin covered all the points nessicary to Improve and move forward in technical and competitive Poomsae ! Stoke UTA and the UTA always look forward to these excellent sessions which will be a regular occurrence in Stoke  ! Stoke UTA have World , European , Commonwealth and National Champions in its group both fighting and forms and GM Shin is the main factor that moves our club and the UTA forward ! Thanks to everyone who supported at the weekend !


Stoke UTA took eight Golds and Two Silver medals at the 1st Welsh International Poomsae championships in Cardiff over the weekend ! A small team of five players led by Master Peter Johnson 7th Dan coach , Kept up the winning streak and with excellent performances in both Individual and Team divisions bought a haul of Gold back to the potteries ! Both seasoned players and new talent are producing good performances leading up to bigger competitions over the year  !


Stoke UTAs Chief Instructor and Coach Master Peter Johnson 7th Dan took a Bronze medal in the European Championships 2019 Turkey ! This will add to his Collection of Titles Including World Commonwealth and International podium places ! I took Bronze at the Last Europeans in Greece where I made a mistake in my form and again this time I made a costly mistake that took me out of a possible Gold position , But I was very Happy with my Performance , Competing at this level and being the oldest in the group , sets me up well for when I move up next year into the O65 years of age group and puts me in a very strong position. I travelled with The GB team which had the most Successful Euros Ever and I was proud to be a part of that team !

Stoke UTA Team Success Strong As Steel 2019

Stoke UTA Taekwondo #stokeutataekwondo Sent a ten strong team to the Strong as Steel championships in Sheffield ! With Teams Competing in forms Poomsae and fighting ! The team came away with a haul of nine Gold trophy’s two silver and a Bronze , with some great performances and fights from our players !