This week the ITF World Championships kicks off in Jesolo, Italy on Wednesday! Warrior instructors Miss Roisin Giles and Miss Jacky Geurts are representing New Zealand at the Championships and you can catch their competition over the internet on livestream!
If you want to watch them on the livestream the approximate times they are competing are:
Individual 2nd dan patterns - Wednesday 12.53pm (Italy time) 10.53pm (NZ time) on Ring 2
Individual 1st dan patterns - Friday 9am (Italy time) 7pm (NZ time) on Ring 2
Team patterns - Saturday 10.12am (Italy time) 8.12pm (NZ time) on Ring 1
Team power - Sunday 9.56 am (Italy time) 7.56pm (NZ time) on Ring 6
Live stream links:
Rings 1, 2, 3 & 4
Rings 5, 6, 7 & 8
Full World Championships schedule link
We wish Miss Giles and Miss Geurts and the whole New Zealand team all the very, very best this week! We will be following their progress and posting updates on Facebook as they come in over the World Championships which start on Wednesday and finish on Sunday.
Miss Giles & Miss Geurts Head to Italy
This week the New Zealand Team are flying out to Italy for the prestigious ITF World Championships, which starts next Wednesday (Italian time). From everyone at Warrior we wish Miss Roisin Giles and Miss Jacky Geurts all the very best and we look forward to following your progress!!!
Uniforms for Africa
The New Zealand Team heading to the World Champs are collecting old/disused doboks and sparring gear which will be put to good use in poorer African TKD Communities. If you have something you can contribute please bring it to the office or give to a New Zealand Team member by Wednesday 5.30pm this week.
Launch of TKD Video Resource Website
Friday night marked the launch of Master McPhail's on-line expert TKD video resource, TKDCoaching.com. On the site you will find lots of free clips of coaching sessions and expert masterclasses on a wide range of topics including Mini Kids Syllabus, Patterns, Sparring, Self Defence, Power Breaking and more. The site will be regularly updated with more resources so if you are keen to keep up with new videos as they are added, be sure to click the "Join" button which also gives you access to some very rare footage of the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong-Hi.
Some videos to be added in the future will also feature some of our current Warrior Taekwon-Do instructors!
Here's a taster video featuring some of our own kids from Warrior demonstrating the Mini Kids syllabus:
White Belt to First Green
and a video of a coaching session of Chon-Ji with a double World Cup Champion:
Thanks everyone for an amazing day at the Auckland North Regional Tournament yesterday! Our Warrior Taekwon-Do community is known to be encouraging and supportive with great sportsmanship and this really shone out yesterday and was noticed by others.
Big thank yous to all of those who volunteered their time yesterday to help with officiating (Master McPhail, Mr Kevin Matsuoka, Mrs Debbie Hart, Mrs Sonya Robinson), ring marshaling (Flynn's Dad, Mr Charles Coxhead), coaching/seconding (Miss Roisin Giles, Miss Kavita Jaduram, Mr Steve Milne, Mr Dimitri Marcel to name but a few), supporting, and encouraging (everyone)!!!!! It was also very cool to see some non-competing members come along to have a look and support too, and to see instructors Miss Roisin Giles and Miss Jacky Geurts in the demonstration put on by the New Zealand Team heading to Italy for the World Championships this month.
And of course, congratulations to all of our competitors who all conducted themselves in an exemplary manner, and especially to those for whom it was their first formal tournament! Warrior did extremely well in the medal tally, and Oliver Kelly and Mischke Hendricks from Warrior also tied three-way with another competitor for Best Overall Yellow Belt.
And which club won the Best Overall Club trophy for the most points?
There are lots of photos and videos from yesterday on our Facebook page, so make sure you check them out!
Link to photos
What Next For Tournaments?
- Later this month the New Zealand Team is going to the World Championships, the most prestigious ITF Taekwon-Do international competition.
- In July the National Tournament (most prestigious New Zealand Tournament) is being held in Christchurch. If you're interested in representing the Auckland North region at this event or would just like to have some extra training with other clubs from the region we highly recommend coming along to regional trainings (Sundays 9.30-11am at Warrior).
- There is a Pee Wee tournament in Pukekohe in June
- The final two tournaments in the Under 18s tournament series are in August and November.
Competition isn't everyone's cup of tea and we will be focusing on some different things as a club shortly, but if you are keen to develop your competition skills we have an awesomeCompetition Club which trains on Monday nights at 7.30pm. Competition Club is free and for anyone from any of our branches who are at least yellow belt, and you can come along to a session to see if it is for you before committing.
Black Belt Grading This Weekend
This weekend 17 candidates from the Auckland region are grading to black belt or grading to the next degree of black belt - a very rigorous testing over a whole weekend.
If you would like to come and support Warrior instructor Miss Kavita Jaduram who is testing for 2nd degree black belt, or would like to just come and be inspired, the public part of the grading is at 1pm on the Sunday at Glendowie School.
You can expect to see some destructions through tiles and wood and probably some of the exciting self defence against weapons (required at 2nd-3rd dan level), pre-arranged sparring and of course some of the cool patterns that black belts get to do.
Congratulations to all of our colour belt grading candidates! There was a very high standard at the grading, and it was awesome to see a large contingent of students from our Warrior Diocesan satellite branch grading for the very first time. There are a few photos from the grading here and stripes/belts and results will be delivered in class this and next week.
Come and Support Us
This Sunday is the biggest tournament on the Auckland North regional calendar, the Auckland North Regional Tournament. We've got 28 Warrior members competing including two team patterns teams and a pre-arranged sparring team (great spectator events).
There will also be a demonstration from the New Zealand Taekwon-Do Team heading to the World Championships in Italy this month - probably at around lunchtime which will be a highlight of the day.
If you're not competing we would LOVE you to come and support the Warrior team! Or just pop in to see what it's all about and be inspired. The tournament will be kicking off at 9am at the AMI Netball Centre in St Johns/Stonefields - see you there!