There's no training today as it is a public holiday - but if you normally come to training on a Monday we've got some alternatives for you. If you normally train with Miss Geurts on a Monday, you can come to a one-off Thursday 5pm class this week instead. And if you normally train with Mrs Robinson or Miss Giles, you can come to a class at the same time on a different day this week. If you're not sure please contact the office.
There are also some changes on Thursday night this week due to the colour belt grading. There will still be a 5.30pm class but it will be 45 mins long. There will be no 6.30pm class (athough you are welcome to come and support your classmates), so make sure you come to Tuesday training instead.
As there will be a lot of traffic on Thursday between 5pm-6.30pm, please be careful and respectful on the roads and driveways and allow extra time to find parking.
Colour Belt Grading This Week
For those of you grading in our colour belt grading this week, please arrive at around 6pm and we will be starting at 6.30pm. The grading is being held at our Ellerslie location (Warrior Training Zone, 198 Marua Rd, Ellerslie) and we will have members from all three of our branches and a few candidates from a neighbouring club too - how cool is that!
Regionals In Two Weeks!
There's just two weeks until the Auckland Regional Tournament on Sunday 10 May - this tournament is right on our doorstep at the AMI Netball Centre in St Johns, so make sure you enter! Remember if you don't have a Warrior Taekwon-Do badge for the tournament you can get one (or ask for one, if you're from our Three Kings or Diocesan branch and we'll pass on to your instructors to give to you) from the office.
FRIDAY LAST DAY FOR ENTRIES - NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED
If you're not entering the tournament we would still LOVE you to come along to support and cheer for our competitors!
Introduction to Marshaling Course
One way you can get involved in the tournament if you're not competing is being a marshal. You could be parent, spouse, friend or non-competing member - no special qualifications or knowledge of Taekwon-Do is required! A free "Introduction to Marshaling Course" is being run on Saturday at 2pm for those who are interested. It is being run by Mr John Matsuoka (Mr Kevin Matsuoka's dad) and will be 30-45mins. Anyone interested is welcome to come.
More info here
Welcome to Term 2! Today our full timetable is back with classes at 3.30pm, 4.30pm,5.30pm and 6.30pm at our Ellerslie centre and normal classes commencing at Three Kings and Diocesan on Tuesday, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again!
There are a few short videos on our Instagram page from one of the 6.30pm classes last week - look up @warriortkd to find and follow us on Instagram (where there is different content to what we have on our Facebook page).
Anzac Day is now Mondayised under the Holidays Amendments Act, and so as Anzac Day falls on Saturday this year there will not be any classes this Saturday or on Monday. We're sorry for those of you who were hoping to train this weekend and hope you enjoy your day off. Please contact us if you would like to train on a different day next week instead and we'll see if we can come up with an alternative for you.
Colour Belt Grading Next Week
Our first colour belt grading of the year is next Thursday 30 April, arrive 6pm for a 6.30pmstart. As per usual you must have received a colour belt grading application form from your instructor and have returned it with payment to the office by the Friday before the grading, which is this Friday. Instructors will be making their final assessments this week and we have a short timeframe for getting forms and payments back in now, so if you have a form to bring into the office, please allow a little extra time before or after class to finish registration at the office and I will process them as quickly as I can.
Free Club Badges For Auckland North Regional Tournament
If you are representing Warrior Taekwon-Do at the Auckland North Regional Tournament in May, you are able to receive a free Warrior Taekwon-Do club badge to go on your dobok sleeve (if you don't already have one). If you don't already have a club badge and would like one, either enter the tournament and come to the office to collect your free badge, or if not entering the tournament they are $10 each.
The Auckland North Regional Tournament has team patterns and pre-arranged sparring events open to all ages from the pee wee division (10 and under) and up. We can enter as many teams as we like in both events and all divisions so there is no restriction on how many people can be involved if these are events that interest you. If you are interested in putting together a team pattern or a pre-arranged sparring sequence, we can make available the dojang for some extra practice for your team outside of class times if you are interested (contact us).Best wishes,
We caught up with Mr Brendan Doogan to find out more about his intriguingly titled "Weird and Wonderful Taekwon-Do" seminar being held at Warrior Training Zone!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a 5th dan from Otahuhu in Auckland. I've trained 18 years under my Instructor Kane Raukura, and in that time I've become an International Instructor, International Umpire, World Champion, Assistant NZ Coach, and a member of the Standards and Discipline and Tournament Advisor Groups. I write articles for Taekwon-Do Talk and for overseas magazines, and I have even done a side piercing kick on top of an elephant. As you can tell, I love everything about Taekwon-Do.
What inspired you to create the "Weird & Wonderful" seminar?
I'm sure anyone who's read the Encyclopaedia has seen some odd stuff that isn't usually done in class. Things that aren't learned for grading and that aren't in any seminar or tournament. I figured that if I wanted to play with those things, and it wasn't really available, I'd just have to do it myself. Mr Mantjika encouraged me to put on the first seminar and the rest is history.
What do you personally find "weird" and "wonderful" about Taekwon-Do?
I find it weird that just when you think you've figured something out, there's a new way to do it. For example a side piercing kick. Even if we leave aside flying, dodging, skipping, sliding, breaking, sparring etc, there are so many ways to do it just in patterns. As a happy young colour belt I thought you just did a high punch with it. But then you pull your hands in the other direction sometimes, like in Hwa-Rang tul for red belts. Or leave them where they were in the previous movement like in Kwang-Gae tul for first dans. Or do it slow motion like second dans' Juche tul. Or with a knifehand or forearm guarding block for third dan pattern Sam-Il. Or high in slowmo then straight away again in normal motion like Moon-Moo tul for fourth dans.
On the other hand, there's so much to do in TKD that I think I could never get bored or have to stop completely for injury. It makes us fit, it's fantastic for memory [all those moves, with all those tools, at all those heights, on all those stances], there are so many lovely, admirable people, we learn to fight the good fight and to protect ourselves and our loved ones. All of these are wonderful to me.
Where did you learn the things you will be sharing at the seminar?
I think some of the best advice for TKD people is to get around to other clubs, go and train under seniors, watch people at gradings and tournaments, and see how other people do things, and have a play with what you've seen. The strange stories I picked up by listening to seniors, reading and researching deeper into the background of the Art.
How many centres has the seminar been to so far, and how has it been received?
Last year Weird & Wonderful Taekwon-Do kicked off in Palmerston North at Boys' High with students from both Palmie and as far away as Whanganui, [shout out to Cassie and Dan Yates]. Christchurch was the second city visited, hosted by Mrs Oliver. A pair of students came all the way up from Dunedin, well done Lachie and Jahnas! Jungshin Glenfield in Auckland North hosted the third seminar for 2014. This year's first one was at the Martial Arts Academy in Tauranga, Auckland is next, to be followed by Whanganui, Napier and Christchurch, with possibly Kerikeri rounding off the year. After each I put together a wee movie for the participants and smiles and laughter are everywhere - well received I'd say!
When and where is the Auckland seminar, and how can people register?
People can register for the Auckland seminar on the iTKD website. Warrior Training Zone (198 Marua Rd) in Ellerslie is the venue, 11-4 on Sunday 3rd May. See you there or in a town near you!
Click here to find out about hiring Warrior Training Zone for your event.
We are still buzzing from an amazing day yesterday at our Fun Day Tournament! Thank you so much to all the competitors, parents, marshals, officials, helpers who supported and contributed to the event.
View photos from the day
We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did and that you have gained some confidence and experience to attend other similar events in the future such as the Auckland North Regional Tournament.
A Road Code book went astray at the tournament, so if you picked it up with your things by accident please return it to the office.
Auckland North Regional Tournament - 10 May
The next big tournament on the calendar is the Auckland North Regional Tournament, where you enter as a representative of your club and compete against other clubs in the Auckland North region. This tournament is being held very close by to us at the AMI Netball Centre in St Johns and is open to all ages. It's a very special experience when you compete together as a club, with everyone supporting, cheering and looking out for each other and helping make the day happen so if you're not competing we'd love you to come and support the Warrior team on the day or even get involved as a marshal/helper.
There are two very cool team events that are available at the tournament, being team patterns and pre-arranged sparring. If you're putting together a team pattern team or a pre-arranged sparring team, we are happy to make space available for you to come and practice as a team in the lead up.
New Warrior Taekwon-Do Sweatshirts!
Orders Must Be Received by Friday
We've got a very cool new design in time for the Auckland North Regional Tournament! The back of the sweatshirt has the tenets of Taekwon-Do and you can personalise your sweatshirt by choosing a name (first name, last name, nickname) to be printed on the back.
We need orders in by 4:30pm on Friday this week. If you miss the deadline we will do another order later, but the idea is to have some cool new sweatshirts for those that want them that are entering the regional tournament (although orders are not restricted to those entering the tournament), and this order is expected to arrive the week before the tournament. We are hoping the sample sizes for you to try on will arrive for Tuesday. Youth sizes are $45 and adult sizes are $55.
Online Order Form or see us in the office.
Upcoming Colour Belt Grading
Our first colour belt grading for 2015 is on Thursday 30 April - just two and a half weeks away. If you are hoping to grade in this round, make sure you are working hard on your techniques. Remember you can come and do self-directed practice on weekends between 2-4pm at the dojang for free as a Warrior member.
Next week your instructors will be making their final assessments on whether to put you forward to grade, so if you have an exceptional reason for missing a class next week, make sure you let your instructor know in advance (as you should normally do as a courtesy anyway).
Congratulations to our Kubz who graded on Monday! They've got some new stripes and badges to put on their uniforms. You can view photos from the grading here.
No Classes Today - Holiday Timetable Begins
Remember there are no classes today as it is a public holiday, and our holiday timetable starts from tomorrow and runs until 19 April. You can view the full timetable details here.
Warrior Tournament Fun Day This Sunday!
So far we've got 80 entries for our club fun day! We are looking forward to having a great time together on Sunday! Registration is from 8.30am and we will get underway at 9am on the dot. We expect to be finished around midday/1pm.
Remember to bring your $20 entry fee on the day in cash and bring your dobok/belt, a named water bottle, snacks, mouthguard (all ages) and sparring gear (teens/adults only).
Not sure if you or your child are entered? You can check the current list of entrants here(please note that it may not include sign ups after 5.30pm last Thursday yet but will be updated tomorrow). If you need to change your entry details, just email me at the office (email@example.com).
It's also not too late to register, which you can do so online or at the dojang.
Not sure if you're entered yet? Here's the list of entries we've received so far: