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Mark Scriven Competition Results

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (10)
Congratulations to all the team who travelled to Stratford Upon Avon to compete at the Mark Scriven Competition on Sunday 15th July 2018. A big thanks to all the parents who committed their time to this event and also a big thanks to Havva and Anna for organising the team in my absence.

The results are:

Patterns

Ezel Dervish             Gold     Colour Belt Peewee
Anna Jones               Gold     Colour Belt Veteran
Abigail Hedgecock    Gold     Black Belt Peewee
Havva Dervish          Gold     Black Belt Adult

Louisa Brailsford       Silver    Colour Belt Peewee
Toby Jones                Silver    Colour Belt Peewee
Georgia Smith           Silver     Black Belt Peewee
Nebi Dervish             Silver     Black Belt Peewee

William Edmondson   Bronze  Colour Belt Peewee
Harry Payton              Bronze  Black Belt Peewee
Simon Hynes             Bronze  Black Belt Adult

Sparring

William Edmondson   Gold     Colour Belt Peewee
Ezel Dervish               Gold     Colour Belt Peewee
Anna Jones               Gold     Colour Belt Veteran
Abigail Hedgecock    Gold     Black Belt Peewee
Harry Payton             Gold     Black Belt Peewee

Louisa Brailsford       Silver    Colour Belt Peewee
Toby Jones                Silver    Colour Belt Peewee
Georgia Smith           Silver     Black Belt Peewee
Nebi Dervish             Silver     Black Belt Peewee
Havva Dervish          Silver     Black Belt Adult

Aysin Dervish            Bronze   Black Belt Junior

T-UK Scottish Championships 2017 Results

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 8:47 AM Comments comments (0)
PATTERNS

Nebi Dervish             Black Belt           Gold           Trident Academy
Lily Thompson          Black Belt           Gold          Trident Academy
Aysin Dervish            Black Belt          Silver          Trident Academy
Harry Payton             Black Belt          Silver          Trident Academy
Rebecca Dean          Black Belt          Silver          Trident Academy

Toby Barlow              Colour Belt           Gold          Trident Academy
Alex Nicolae              Colour Belt          Silver          Trident Academy
Andrei Nicolae          Colour Belt           Silver          Trident Academy
Ezel Dervish              Colour Belt          Silver          Trident Academy
Beth                           Colour Belt          Silver          Trident Stockport
Sorin Pascu              Colour Belt           Silver          Trident Academy
Havva Dervish           Colour Belt          Silver          Trident Academy
Sonia Thompson       Colour Belt          Silver          Trident Academy
Abboh Savtcheauff    Colour Belt          Bronze        Trident Academy

SPARRING

Harry Payton             Black Belt            Gold            Trident Academy
Nebi Dervish             Black Belt            Silver           Trident Academy
Rebecca Dean          Black Belt            Bronze         Trident Academy
Simon Hynes             Black Belt            Bronze         Trident Academy
Romy Mottershead    Black Belt            Bronze          Trident Academy

Abboh Savtcheauff    Colour Belt          Gold            Trident Academy
Ezel Dervish               Colour Belt          Silver          Trident Academy
Anna Jones                Colour Belt          Silver          Trident Academy
Beth                            Colour Belt          Silver          Trident Stockport
Sorin Pascu                Colour Belt          Bronze          Trident Academy
Dragos Nicolae           Colour Belt          Bronze          Trident Academy

SPECIAL TECHNIQUE

Harry Payton             Black Belt            Gold             Trident Academy
Nebi Dervish             Black Belt            Silver           Trident Academy
Rebecca Dean          Black Belt            Silver            Trident Academy
Lily Thompson          Black Belt             Bronze          Trident Academy

Toby Barlow              Colour Belt            Gold             Trident Academy
Dragos Nicolae          Colour Belt            Silver           Trident Academy
Ezel Dervish               Colour Belt           Silver          Trident Academy
Alex Nicolae              Colour Belt          Silver          Trident Academy

T-UK Scottish Championships 2017 Report

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 8:12 AM Comments comments (0)
Saturday 13th May 2017 saw the return of the Scottish Goodwill Championships to our Taekwondo-UK calendar of events.  This event hasn't taken place for a few years and we were all very much looking forward to its return.
 
A team of 21 competitors from across the Trident Group as well as several coaches and umpires travelled up to Edinburgh to take part and support the event.  Most of the group were staying together in a hotel in Dunfermline and we all enjoyed taking the time to relax and socialise together on the Friday night when we arrived before the busy day we had ahead of us on the Saturday and celebrated together on the Saturday night after the competition was over.
 
Saturday morning arrived and we all headed out to the Meadowbank Sports Centre to ensure we had all weighed in and were ready to compete.  The event opened promptly with a short speech from Mr Condie V Degree to welcome everyone to the event and from Mr Archer VI Degree and President of Taekwon-Do UK. 
 
We soon all got down to work with the squares all running quickly and efficiently to get through the large number of competitors.  We started off with all the Pee Wee and Junior categories, getting through their patterns and sparring before sending them on to do special technique and eventually moved on to the adults with the tournament finally winding up around 7pm.
 
It was a very long day and everybody involved worked extremely hard to ensure that categories were as fair as possible and that all competitors went away feeling they had had a good experience, even if they perhaps were not successful at winning a medal this time.
 
Massive congratulations are due to our 21 competitors, who came away with 34 medals; 7 Gold, 18 Silver and 9 Bronze.  This is a massive achievement with a lot of very young students in our group and also a lot of lower grades who would be competing in this event for the first time.
 
Huge thanks must go to Mr Condie and his team for all the hard work they put in to making sure this event was a success and for being excellent hosts to those of us who had travelled.    
 
I would like to thank our team of Coaches; Miss Romy Mottershead II Degree, Mrs Sonia Thompson I Degree and Mrs Havva Dervish I Degree, who ensured that all students were on their squares promptly as soon as their categories were called and kept everybody motivated throughout the day. 
 
Thanks also to our Officials who were working hard all day; Mr James Miley VI Degree, Mr Jonathan Emm IV Degree, Mr Jeff Brider VI Degree (and also Mrs Alexis Brider who seemed to have been roped in to help with paperwork at one point!), Mr Phil Mottershead III Degree and myself.
 
Last but not least, thank you to the parents and spectators who brought students to the event and cheered for everyone in our team whenever we were competing, regardless of whether it was a student they knew. 
 
We have had some excellent results here as well as some good feedback from some of the Umpires on things we can work on to improve before the next event.  The next Taekwon-Do UK Tournament will be the British Championships on 14th October so I hope we can all continue to work hard and come back with even better results then!
 
Miss Jayne Heywood III

Publicity Officer for the Northern Region

Trident TKD Championship 2017

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

T-UK TRIDENT TAEKWON-DO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
 
VENUE
 
George H Carnall Leisure Centre, Kingsway Park, Davyhulme, Manchester, M41 7FJ
 
DATE / TIME
 
Sunday 5 March / 10am Registration
 
PRICE
 
Competitor - £20 / Spectators – Free
 
 
 
 
 
Email – [email protected]         Web – www.trident-tkd.co.uk
 
Dear Students/Parents,
 
The Trident Colour Belt Championships will be held on Sunday 5 March at George H Carnall Leisure Centre, Kingsway Park, Davyhulme, Manchester, M41 7FJ.
 
All students, beginners up to black belts, are welcome to attend. Everyone will be split up into male & female, age groups and grades. We would like as many students to attend as possible as this is a fantastic way to develop your Taekwon-Do skills and most importantly teaching you how to win and lose and be a good sportsperson.
 
Entry is £20 and all spectators are free as a thank you for your support. Registration will start at 10am. The competition will start when the black belt junior and adult competition finishes.
 
I know that in some categories for the sparring there is a big age range. For example a 5 year old could be sparring a 7 year old. What I can tell you is that the 5 year old that experiences competition will be a stronger 6 year old. We will also split the 5 to 7 year olds if we feel that there is a big height difference with the competitors. Sometimes though this is not possible as there may be (2 small ones and one big one) or (7 big ones and 1 small one). In these cases the referees are very experienced and will be strict with the contact as they will with or the categories children and adults.
 
Instructors should be aware that this is a semi contact event and the officials will be using the touch contact rule. Any excessive contact could lead to a disqualification of the competitor. Thank you for your assistance.
 
You will get the opportunity to compete in Pattern (bronze, silver & gold medals) - Sparring (bronze, silver & gold medals) - Flying High Kick (1 place trophy only). All children will receive an attendance medal.
 
To enter please fill in the form below and email it back to me before Saturday 25th February, earlier if possible. ([email protected]) Please pay your entry fee to your instructor or directly to me, many thanks.
 
Any questions can be answered by email or mobile 07974 649 015.
 
Kind Regards,
 
James Miley.
 
P.S. All junior (13 to 17 years old) and adult black belt divisions will register at 8.30am and their competition will start at 9am. This will give all our colour belts a chance to see the black belts competing and means that the competitors are fresh before they ALL help with officiating :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
INDIVIDUAL ENTRY FORM
 
 
_________________________________________________________________ 
 
 
 
NAME _______________________________________ AGE ______ SEX _____
 
 
 
BELT COLOUR _____________________________ (Example: white belt, double yellow stripe belt, blue stripe belt, red belt)
 
 
 
CLUB ________________________________________ (Example: LA Fitness, Chester, Trident Academy, Bolton)
 
 
 
INSURANCE NUMBER ____________________ EXPIRY DATE _____________
(Found on card in licence book)
 
__________________________________________________________________
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COMPETITION RULES
 
DRESS REQUIREMENTS
 
1.    Officials must wear the dress requirements as laid down in the T-UK Umpires rules.
 
2.    Dobok
Competitors must wear the “officially approved” ITF Dobok.
Female competitors may wear a white T- shirt under the Dobok jacket.
All competitors must wear their belt.
 
Only approved sports glasses may be worn in the sparring that are designed to withstand impact. All normal glasses must be removed before sparring.
 
 
SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND PROTECTIVE WEAR
 
Competitors must wear:
1.    Groin guards (mandatory for males only) must be worn inside the Dobok
2.    Gloves, boots and a head guard.
3.    Mouth guards
 
Safety equipment must be of an approved type. Closed fingered gloves, boots that completely cover the toes and no equipment should be held together with tape.
 
Competitors may, optionally, wear the following:
4.    Shin protectors (Not football shin guards)
5.    Breast protectors (optional for female only) must be worn inside the Dobok jacket.
 
All competitors with injuries which require bandaging or strapping of any kind must satisfy the Tournament doctor of their need, and obtain approval of type before performing i.e. no pins or hard material can be worn.
 
No jewellery, watches or other adornments may be worn, hair may be kept in place using a material of a soft elastic nature only, no grips or slides are allowed.
 
 
 
 
MEDICAL ATTENTION
 
First Aid personnel’s recommendations with regard to competitor’s further participation following injury must be adhered to.
 
 
COACHES
 
As many of the students competing will not have a coach as they are officiating there will be no coaching allowed. You may encourage your competitor from the sidelines.
 
 
OFFICIAL TERMINOLOGY
 
1.    CHA RYOT - Attention
2.    KYONG YE - Bow
3.    JUN BI - Ready
4.    SHIJAK - Start
5.    HAECHYO - Separate
6.    GAESOK - Continue
7.    GOMAN – Stop/End
8.    JU UI HANNA – One Warning
9.    GAM JUM HANNA – One Foul (deduct one point)
10.  SIL KYUK - Disqualification
11.  HONG - Red
12.  CHONG - Blue
13.  JUNG JI – Time stop
14.  DONG CHONG - Draw
15.  IL HUE JONG – First round
16.  I HUE JONG – Second round
17.  SAM HUE JONG – Third round (First point scored)
18.  SUNG – Winner
 
 
COURTESY
 
Competitors must at all times bow to the Jury and also to each other at the beginning and end of each performance/match.
 
 
 
 
 
PATTERNS
 
You may choose your own pattern and this should be no lower than one pattern below your grade. A yellow belt that does not know Dan-Gun yet may choose to do Chon-Ji.
 
 
SPARRING
 
DURATION OF BOUTS AND DECISIONS
 
Individual
Individual elimination and final bouts will be two (1) round of (1 1/2) minute’s duration.
In the case of a draw, a further one (30) second round will take place and if it results in a further draw then the first scored point assigned by at least two (2) Referees at the same split second will decide who the winner is.
 
 
 
TARGET AREA
 
Head at the front, side and top of the head but not at the back.
The trunk of the body from shoulder to navel vertically and from a line drawn from the armpit vertically down to the waist on each side (that is frontal area only, excluding the back).
 
 
POINT AWARDS
 
One (1) point will be awarded for any legal Hand Attack directed to mid or high section. Two (2) points will be awarded for any legal Foot Attack directed to mid section.
Three (3) points will be awarded for any legal Foot Attack directed to high section.
 
 
LIGHT CONTACT SCORING PROCEDURE SYSTEM
 
In competition a technique is valid according to a light contact system and if:
 
1.    It is executed correctly.
2.    Its dynamic, that is to say it is delivered with strength, purpose, speed and precision.
3.    Its controlled on the target.
 
MINUS POINTS/FOULS
 
One point will be deducted for the following offences:
 
1.    Heavy contact.
2.    Attacking a fallen opponent.
3.    Leg sweeping.
4.    Holding/grabbing.
5.    Intentional attack to a target other then mentioned in ‘Target Area’
 
 
WARNINGS
 
Warnings will be assigned for the following offences:
 
1.    Pretending to have scored a point by raising one or both arms.
2.    Stepping completely out of the ring (both feet).
3.    Falling down, whether intentional or not (it means any part of the body, other than the feet, touching the ground).
4.    Faking a blow, pretending to be injured to gain an advantage.
5.    Intentionally avoiding sparring.
6.    Adjusting equipment during the bout without the consent of the Centre Referee.
7.    Unintentional attack to a target other then mentioned in ‘Target Area’
8.    Pushing with the hands, shoulders or body.
 
The sum of three (3) warnings automatically means deducting one (1) point.
N.B. If an athlete is pushed out of the ring with intent (without undergoing a technique) then he will not receive a warning. The athlete who pushed shall receive a warning.
 
DISQUALIFICATION
 
1.    Misconduct against officials or ignoring instructions.
2.    Uncontrolled or excessive contact.
3.    Receiving three (3) minus points/fouls directly given by the Centre Referee.
4.    Being under influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.
5.    Loss of temper.
6.    Insulting an opponent, coach and or official.
7.    Biting, scratching.
8.    Attacking with the knee, elbow or forehead.
9.    Causing a knockout.
N.B.: A competitor that insults an opponent, coach or official will be disqualified from the rest of the competition.
 
 
INJURY
 
 
When a competitor is injured, the Centre Referee must stop the match and call the first aiders. At the moment the first aiders are in front of the injured competitor, they have a maximum of 3 minutes to diagnose, treat the wounds and decide about the match and competition continuation.
When a competitor cannot compete anymore because of the first aiders decision and according to the decision of the Ring Council (Jury President, Centre Referee and Corner referees)
 
1.    He/she is the winner if his/her opponent is responsible.
2.    He/she is the loser if his/her opponent is not responsible.
 
An injured competitor that is unfit to fight cannot continue for the time/day(s) set according to the first aiders decision.
 
4.    A competitor that refuses to accept the first aiders and/or the Ring Council decision will be disqualified and taken out of the competition.
5.    If two competitors get injured at the same time and both are unfit to fight according to the first aiders decision, the winner is the contender that has more scored points at that moment. If the competitors are even, the Ring Council will decide about the bout.
 
N.B.: A competitor that causes a KO (meaning to be unconscious) or causes a concussion in sparring competition will be disqualified. The opponent that receives a KO or concussion shall not be able to compete again during the whole event.
 
 
BOUT PROCEDURE
 
 
Sparring competitors will commence the bout on the start positions, each with a red or blue sash to differentiate between them. Mouth protection gear must be worn at all times. At the command of the Centre Referee the competitors bow in turn to the Jury table, Centre Referee and then to each other. The Centre Referee will then start the Light Contact Sparring with the command “SHIJAK” and the competitors will continue to spar until the Referee issues the command “HAECHYO”.
At this point the competitors cease to spar and remain where they are until restarted.
An audible signal of time will end the round and/or bout. The reverse for bowing will ensure and the result will be declared.
In a draw situation, warnings and/or minus points are not carried forward. If a competitor leaves the ring they must re-start one (1) metre inside the ring.
 
TIMING
 
On the first “SHIJAK” (Start) command from the Centre Referee the timekeeper starts the clock until full time, unless the Centre Referee calls for a “time out” by saying “JUNG JI”. At this time the timekeeper stops the clock until the next “GAESOK” (Continue) command is given.
 
 
 
SPECIAL TECHNIQUE
 
 
1/ The start position for flying high kick will be ‘L’ stance forearm guarding block.  2/ There will be no line up.
3/ At the end of your attempt you must land in ‘L’ stance forearm guarding block whether you are successful or not.
4/ If the competitor hits the pad with the correct foot part (ball of the foot) then they will continue to the next round unless they touch the ground with another part of their body other than their feet.
5/ If we get to a situation where all competitors miss on the final round they will be given one more go and if they all miss again then the winner will be the smallest competitor.

 

ITF European Championships 2016 - Finland

Posted on October 31, 2016 at 7:16 AM Comments comments (0)
Izzy Brider travelled over to Finland for her first senior event after having a brilliant last year as a junior in 2015 becoming European and World Champion at patterns.

I am very happy to report that Izzy won a bronze medal in individual sparring and was a member of the England sparring team who won a silver medal.

ITF World Cup 2016 - Budapest

Posted on October 31, 2016 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Trident World Cup Report
 
On Monday 10th October, Mr Miley VI degree led his team from the Trident Taekwon-do Group off to Budapest for the ITF World Cup.  The World Cup is a massive event with 1800 competitors taking part from 57 countries.  11 students from the Trident Group were due to compete throughout the course of the competition, with a mix of ages and grades; Mr Phil Mottershead III degree, Mr Simon Hynes III degree, Miss Izzy Brider III degree, Miss Anna Reed II degree, Miss Sarah Elliott II degree, Miss Romy Mottershead II degree, Miss Rebecca Dean I degree, Miss Lily Thompson I degree, Mr Aysin Dervish I degree, Sonia Thompson red belt and Havva Dervish red belt. Our very own Mr Jeff Brider IV degree was also umpiring during the tournament. Special mention also needs to go to John Bracegirdle who sadly had to pull out of competing after working very hard to prepare, due to a knee injury he suffered during the British Championships.   


 



After a successful weigh-in for all competitors on 11th October they could relax somewhat whilst waiting to start competing the following day. 
 
The first day of the tournament was a busy day of patterns for the Trident Team and also a very successful day. The first medal of the day was won by Havva Dervish who won a Bronze medal in her patterns category.  This was Havva's first time competing at this level and she faced some stiff competition along the way. Next up was a Gold medal for Izzy Brider in her first Senior World Cup and a Gold medal for Lily Thompson, who was also competing at this level for the first time and was the youngest member of the Trident Team. 


 



The second day of the competition saw sparring time for most of our competitors. There were some extremely tough fights, with all our competitors sparring within a very short space of time, which led to some problems with coaching and saw Mr Lee Anderson IV degree from Scotia being drafted in to assist.  Big thanks to Lee for his excellent coaching.  After some incredibly close fights, with Romy Mottershead being extremely unlucky to lose on golden point after drawing with her opponent twice, only Izzy Brider would make it through to the medal positions. Her semi-final against Miss Silvia Farigu from Italy was extremely close with a draw in the first round but she was eventually victorious in the second round to take her place in the final. It is worth noting that Miss Farigu has dominated that sparring division for quite a number of years. Sadly, Izzy was beaten by Miss Katrina Carr from Scotland in the final so took home the Silver medal. 
 
As the team had now finished competing they were able to relax and enjoy the sights of Budapest as well as watching some of the action throughout the rest of the tournament.  
 
Our award winning was not yet over though, Miss Izzy Brider was crowned joint Senior Female Overall World Cup Champion! This is a massive achievement in her first Senior World Cup and is a great reward for the dedication that she puts in. 
 
Congratulations go to everyone who competed, it doesn't matter if you won a medal or not, it takes a great deal of courage to stand up and compete at tournaments of this level, everybody performed extremely well and I'm sure those who weren't successful this time will have learned some lessons and will be back stronger than ever at the next event. Congratulations also to Mr Miley and all of the Instructors/Coaches who have worked hard to help prepare the students for the competition and to Mr Brider who was busy for the entire length of the tournament as an Umpire. 
 
Last but not least, congratulations and thanks go to the parents of the younger members of the team. Without the parents giving up their time to take students to classes and other events and supporting them through successes and failures they wouldn't have been able to step out and compete on that stage at all. 
 
Jayne Heywood III

Publicity Officer for the Northern Region


The Mark Scriven Memorial Competition - 17th April 2016

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 6:27 PM Comments comments (0)
Below are the results of the Mark Scriven Memorial Competition held in Stratford Upon Avon:

Coach - James Miley
Coach - Phil Mottershead

Officials:

Jon Emm
Jayne Heywood
Lynette Johnson

Pattern:

Nina Bell - Gold
Abigail Hedgecock - Gold
Lily Thompson - Gold
Anna Bracegirdle - Silver
Ezel Dervish - Silver
Rebecca Dean - Silver
Darcy Johnson - Bronze
Aysin Dervish - Bronze
Karl Davis - Bronze

Sparring:

Nina Bell - Gold
Lily Thompson - Gold
Aysin Dervish - Gold
John Bracegirdle - Gold
Anna Reed - Gold
Karl Davis - Gold
Anna Bracegirdle - Silver
Ezel Dervish - Silver
Darcy Johnson - Silver
Alex Nicolae - Silver

Power Breaking:

Jon Emm - Gold

GTI NW Open Championships (Huyton) - 16th April 2016

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 6:13 PM Comments comments (0)
Here are the results of the GTI Open held in Huyton, Liverpool:

Coach - James Miley
Coach - Phil Mottershead

Patterns:

Ebony Foster - Silver

Sparring:

Aidan Grant - Gold
Ebony Foster - Silver
Kyomi Mullings - Bronze
Abboh Savtcheauff - Bronze

Tag Team Sparring:

Kyomi Mullings - Gold


ITF World Championships 2015 - Italy

Posted on July 10, 2015 at 5:47 PM Comments comments (0)
ITF World Championships, Jesolo Italy
 

Romy Mottershead and Izzy Brider from the Trident TKD Academy represented ITF England at the 19 Senior and 13 Junior ITF World Championships that took place in Jesolo Italy between the 27-31 May 2015.  The Championships attracted 1019 competitors from 53 countries comprising 586 seniors and 433 juniors.  ITF England took a large contingent of 79 competitors, coaches, officials, umpires and spectators.  At the outset I place on record thanks to the organising committee and all the umpires and officials that allowed for well-organised and friendly Championships.


















The outcome of many hours of training resulted in a total of 17 medals which placed ITF England 9 on the medal table ahead of many larger teams.  This was made up of 2 Gold, 6 Silver and 9 Bronze medals.  Individuals won 13 of the 17 medals.  Full details can be found on the ITF website but for ease the table below sets out the full detail:
 
Gold Medals
Izzy Brider, Junior Female II degree pattern
Zak Espi Castillo, Senior Male Sparring over 85 kg
 
Silver Medals
Laura Fox Longdon, Senior Female Sparring to 62kg
Adam Bonwick, Junior Male Sparring to 68kg
Romy Mottershead, Junior Female Sparring to 60kg
Jennifer Pena, Senior Female Sparring to 50kg
Hannah Whittaker, Senior Female Sparring to 68 kg
Shane O’Rourke, Senior Male Sparring to 85kg
 
Bronze Medals
Adam Bonwick, Junior Male II degree pattern
Kristine Evio, Junior Female II degree pattern
Jason Bint, Senior Male Sparring to 70kg
 Aniko Heradi, Senior Female Sparring over 75kg
Katie Wawman, Junior Female Sparring to 65kg
Senior Male Team Pattern
Junior Female Team Pattern
Senior Female Team Sparring
Senior Female Team Special Technique
 
The list above gives neither an idea of the level of the competition faced by the individuals and teams nor the level of excitement of the majority of the events.  Many of the sparring bouts went down to the wire and at least three medals could have been gold rather than silver.
 

Insofar as the performance of Romy and Izzy is concerned it would be fair to say that the two contributed in a significant way to the success of the team.  Romy sparred in the individual junior female under 60kg category and faced stiff competition.  She set a high standard and progressed to the semi-final and thence the final.  This, however, hides the fact that all thought that she had made it to the final and as she was getting ready for what we all believed to be the final she was told that she would have to compete in the semi-final.  This didn’t seem to faze her and she progressed to the final.  This was held about 5 minutes after the semi-final and notwithstanding that her competitor, from Poland, had had a much longer rest she sparred brilliantly.  After two close fought rounds and with little time left on the clock Romy was given a foul, for grabbing, which reversed the score.  Little time remained in the round and Romy was beaten by the smallest of margins.   However, I firmly believe that her loss, by the narrowest of margins, will spur her on to win the gold medal at the European Championships in Scotland in October.
















By this time Izzy had already become the World Champion in individual junior female II degree patterns.  Izzy had up to this point not progressed in previous World and European Championships and her success was a demonstration of perseverance.  The difference between winning and losing in patterns, given the new scoring system, has become much finer and errors are not retrievable.  Her progress to the final meant, as for Romy, that she faced competition from across the world.  However, it seemed that once she had won the first round her confidence grew and she progressed to the final where she met a competitor from Hungary.  After performing Juche and Choong-Jang she became World Champion.  Izzy also sparred in the individual junior female under 50kg category but was beaten by a semi-finalist from Argentina.  She was disappointed but remains hungry to add to beat her previous World Championship bronze medal secured in 2013.  She also represented the team in team patterns, where she won a bronze medal being narrowly beaten by Ireland in the semi-final, team power, finishing joint fourth after a play-off and team special technique.



















Romy and Izzy were also part of the junior female sparring team which was beaten by one point in the quarter finals of that event.
 
Izzy also had the privilege of being appointed as the junior team captain.
 
Good wishes are sent to Romy and Izzy for the upcoming 2015 ITF European Championships that will be taking place in Scotland in October as both were selected for the Worlds and Euros at the trials held in November 2014.
 

I should also add that all through the events Phil Mottershead and this reporter gave as much support to each other as to the competitors.   I think we were more nervous than either Romy or Izzy!  Their focus was amazing and I for one will never forget their performances.  As will be imagined a few tears were shed and not just the competitors and I want to place on record my thanks to Phil and Mr. David Condie for keeping me sane when Izzy was performing her patterns, I hope that I did the same for Phil when Romy was competing.  I also want to thank Mr. Condie for lending a shoulder to cry on, literally and metaphorically after Izzy had won the final.


















Photo of the T-UK representatives at the end of the Championships.  From left to right: Mr. Phil Mottershead, Alex Marshall, Gregor Towers,  Mr. David Condie, Dr. Jeff Brider, Izzy Brider and Romy Mottershead.
 
Thanks are due to Mr. Lear and his coaching team (Mr. Adams, Mr. Burns, Miss McColl, Mr. De Silva, Mr. Ernest and Mr. Lammin) whose efforts and dedication have developed such a strong team that is going from strength to strength.  It is much appreciated by all connected with the team their commitment and hard work is a key ingredient to the success of each individual of the team.  I know that they felt the highs and lows of all the team, even when some lost their voices!
 
Finally I want to place on record my thanks to all instructors in T-UK and at the Trident Academy that has allowed Romy and Izzy to achieve so much.  However, I must give the greatest thanks to Mr. Miley for all his dedication, support and time for over 12 years in getting Romy and Izzy to this position.  Thanks sir. 
 
I would encourage all those eligible to consider entering the trials for the European Championships that will be taking place in Finland in 2016.
 

Dr. Jeff Brider

ITF England Championships

Posted on June 22, 2014 at 8:03 AM Comments comments (0)
Dear Masters/Instructors /Students

On behalf of the Taekwon-Do UK Executive, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to attend the 1st ITF England Championships. This Taekwon-Do event is open to all coloured belt and Black Belt competitors with ITF England membership.

Please note that, as always, this is a goodwill event and we want each division to be as fair as possible. All junior categories will be designed on age, weight and height to keep physical and mental development as even as possible, so please fill out the entry forms correctly.

We very much look forward to your attendance and promise, as always, to help in any way to make your competition a very enjoyable one. If anyone requires assistance with accommodation, entry forms, travel, party or any other aspect of this prestigious event, then please do not hesitate to contact our Events Organiser, Mr Mark Scriven IV on (07814 ) 533384.

Good luck at these championships.

Mr John Archer VI (for and on behalf of ITF England)
Tournament Host

Full invitation and rules go to http://www.tkd-uk.com/calendar/detail.aspx?Event_ID=147