Last week was the 50th anniversary of the formation of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, and in two weeks time on 11 April it will be the 61st anniversary of the naming of Taekwon-Do. In the historical theme, then, here's a video from New Zealand's Taekwon-Do history - the New Zealand Demo Team from 1990. You might even spot a familiar face!
We're gearing up for gradings at the moment so make sure you are doing some extra practice at home and if you do receive a grading form, get it into the office at your earliest opportunity (scanning or emailing a photograph to the office is fine).
It's hard to believe the school holidays are nearly upon us! During the school holidays we run a reduced timetable for better class numbers across all classes. Three Kings and Diocesan branch students don't have training in their regular locations during the holidays and are welcome to come to training at the Ellerslie branch during the holidays instead.
Please check the April school holiday timetable which will run between Monday 18 April and Friday 29 April and make a note of what class time you should come to in the holidays. Note that the timetable is only temporary and for the school holidays.
Have a great training week!
We had a great first session of Road to Regionals on Saturday - check out some of these photos which include some cool flying kick action!
This week we have a special guest coming to the Tuesday 6.30pm class, Master Peter Barbour from Australia.
With Easter Weekend coming up this week there are some changes to classes:
- Saturday 9.30am parent/child class will run as usual
- Saturday 10.30am Road to Regionals short course will run as usual
- Easter Monday - all classes are canclled
If you usually come on a Monday you are welcome to come to a class at the same time on a different day of the week.
Monday Mini Kids hoping to grade who did not show their instructor their homework yesterday should try and come to a Wednesday class instead that week if they can - otherwise for those affected people only there is an extension on forms coming back in to Monday 4 April. Please do not leave getting your homework seen by your instructor and forms back in til late so you don't miss out.
Mini Kids Grading Homework
Kids need to make sure they do the homework page for their next rank in their white A4 mini kids book (not to be confused with the TKD Skills Book) and bring it to class to be signed off by their instructor - try and get on top of this early and bring it to your next class this week.
Weekend Practice Time
Looking for somewhere to do some extra practice ahead of gradings? Our Ellerslie building is open between 2-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays for TKD people from all around Auckland to come and do their own practice (not a taught session). As it is informal just wear dobok pants and a t shirt. This is 100% free for Warrior members from any branch and part of the benefits of your membership, and not just available around grading time - it's an all year round thing.Have a great training week!
Thanks so much for your support of our fun club competition coming up in April - at last count we already had over 50 registrations!! If you haven't registered yet make sure you go over to our website and do it now - or sign up at our Ellerslie centre.
We've also had a bunch of signs up for the Road to Regionals short course which starts this Saturday morning. It's not too late if you have a child or teenager ranked at least yellow belt who is keen to be extended in their training - you can register for all 9 sessions or pick the sessions of particular interest to them. You can check out the full info and register for that here.
Mini Kids Grading Coming Up
The first mini kids grading for 2016 is on Thursday 7 April. We are entering the pre-gradingperiod from this week until the final mini kids registration date cut off of Friday 1 April. This means that kids need to complete their homework in their Mini Kids Handbook (the white A4 book - not to be confused with the TKD Skills Book) and bring it in to show their instructor in class to have signed off from now on. Showing homework to your instructor is a prerequisite for grading approval so make sure you get on to this ASAP if you are hoping to grade.
Mini Kids Gradings can be confusing, especially for those who are new to Warrior Taekwon-Do and looking forward to their first ever grading. We recommend checking out this article we put together for parents and kids hoping to grade this time round - old hands might find some tips useful for you too! The article also includes a link to a video showing all the techniques you will be tested on for your first mini kids grading and and some clips from a past Warrior grading to help kids and parents get ready.
Read article now
Colour Belt Grading Coming Up
Our first colour belt grading for 2016 is coming up on Thursday 14 April - a month a way today. We are entering the pre-grading period from this week, and the cut-off date for grading forms to come back to the office is Friday 8 April.
Remember it is not a race to get through the grades, so if you're not ready for this first grading there will be other opportunities this year. If you are serious about grading this time round, make sure you a doing some extra practice at home and using your syllabus book to help you.
For more information about colour belt gradings we've got an article just for you which will be of particular interest to those who are looking forward to their first ever grading.
Check it out here!
Have a great training week!
The Event of the Year is BACK!
Back for the second year running is our massively successful Warrior tournament fun day!
This event is designed for EVERYONE from all Warrior Taekwon-Do branches, no matter your age, rank, or skill level. We want to give all Warrior members the chance to experience competition in a fun, safe and low pressure environment. This will be our main Warrior event for the year, and we want all members in attendance!
When: Saturday 9 April, 8.30am registration and 9am start
Where: Warrior Taekwon-Do HQ, 198 Marua Rd, Ellerslie
How much: $20 pay on the day (cash)
- There will be four competition events:
o Special technique high kick
o Breaking or Power punch for kids
- Members are split into four divisions:
o Peewees (Kub, minis, kids up to 10)
o Juniors (10-13)
o Teens (14-17)
- Competitors will always get multiple rounds in each event, no matter of their result. This way they're guaranteed to get great value out of the day and multiple chances to practice.
- Further divisions will be made for rank, size, weight & gender where necessary. No matter your or your child's ability, they will have a safe and fun competition.
We know you'll love this event and will want to register straight away! Look out for our pre-registration forms at the entrance to the dojang or register now online HERE.
Road to Regionals Short Course
Road to Regionals is a short course for Warrior Taekwon-Do students interested in training seriously toward the Auckland North Regional Tournament which will be held at the AMI Netball Centre in St Johns in May and developing their tournament skills.
Training will be on Saturday mornings at 10.30am at Warrior Training Zone, 198 Marua Rd, Ellerslie beginning mid-March and covers different disciplines in each session (see schedule on website page http://www.warriortkd.co.nz/road-to-regionals-short-course.html). Participants must be ranked at least yellow belt and at this stage it is open to kids and teens, but we will open up the course to adults if we have enough adult expressions of interest which you can also register through the website link. Participants can register in advance for all 9 sessions at the special price of $80 or for individual sessions at $15 each.
REGISTER FOR THE SHORT COURSE NOW
This is your opportunity to work with world experts in all of the competition events including:
Roisin Giles - 2nd Degree Black Belt (NZ)
Current patterns World Champion
2014 Oceania Champion in power breaking
Former WAKO Kickboxing National Champion
Kara Timmer - 3rd Degree Black Belt (NZ)
Current power breaking World Champion
Current team specialty World Champion
Kavita Jaduram - 2nd Degree Black Belt (NZ)
2014 Oceania Champion in patterns
2014 Oceania Champion in specialty
Brenda Contti - 3rd Degree Black Belt (Argentina)
National Champion in sparring (Argentina)
Pan American Champion in sparring
2011 World Champion in team sparring
We're really excited to be able to offer this course to you and have had enquiries from students of other clubs interested in coming - but this is for you Warrior students only, so make the most of this opportunity to develop under the tutelage of a high calibre coaching team!
Have a great training week!