We have now entered the lead up to the Term 2 Mini Kids Grading, which is exactly a month away on Thursday 30 June. We have a must read helpful guide for you if this will be your child's first every grading opportunity (or if you're an old hand who needs a refresher) which you can access here. (Please do!)
Colour belts, your next opportunity to grade is at the end of August.
No Monday Class Next Week
As it is Queen's Birthday Weekend there will be no class on Monday. If you normally come to a Monday mini kids or colour belt class you are welcome to attend a class at the same time on a different day of the week. Please contact the office if you need some help with this.
Future Tournament Dates
After the awesome time we had at the Auckland North Regional Tournament quite a few of you have been asking when you can compete again! Great to see lots of people getting involved in the wider world of Taekwon-Do. Here's what's coming up on the calendar for tournaments:
9-10 July - National Tournament (Tauranga) enter here
14 August - Pee Wee Tournament (Pukekohe) details here
21 August - Under 18 Tournament (Counties Manukau) details here
We don't do a big push for every tournament, but if you want to get involved make sure you bookmark the dates and look out for when registrations open for the tournaments you are interested in.
And finally ... if you are a member of our members and parents only group you will have read about the inspirational young lady in this newsletter's photo. Make sure you check out the post in the group.
What an incredible day yesterday. You ROCKED. So many Warrior competitors, parents, instructors and coaches supporting each other, cheering each other and offering helpful hands and encouragement - that's the stuff that's at the heart of being a community.
We hope you tried something new, challenged yourself, found some courage when you were least expecting it, saw something that inspired you or saw something that you'd like to aspire to. And if you weren't able to make it yesterday, we hope to see you next time!
We were really proud of the way you conducted yourselves. Big props and congratulations to Oliver Kelly on jointly winning Best Overall Blue Belt, and Warrior on winning the Best Overall Club!
View photos from the tournament
Watch the video of our silver medal winning team pattern in the Warrior members/parents only group
Did you take some photos or video at the tournament? We couldn't be everywhere at once yesterday - so post your favourite two photos from the tournament to our Warrior members/parents only group so we can all enjoy!
Last Days of Shop Sale
Remember our sale ends at the end of May!
- Uniforms are down from $85 to $70
- Sparring gear sets of boots and gloves are down from $90 to $70
- Private lessons are down from $70 to $50 for one hour, or down from $40 to $30 for half an hour. These can be purchased in May but used in June or July.
Warrior Sweatshirt Special
Our new Warrior sweatshirts (which looked pretty awesome at the tournament yesterday!) also have a special on them ... this week only you can get $5 off the price of your sweatshirt - just leave us a review on Google (see instructions here) and make sure you mention it when you come in to the Warrior shop at Ellerslie.
Change to Future E-Newsletters
From next week we will be running our newsletters through MailChimp. For some people that might mean that your newsletter will be delivered to a spam or promotions tab in your inbox. When the newsletter arrives next Monday morning, you can use your email settings to change where it appears when you open you emails. If you don't receive a newsletter at all next week please get in touch with us to troubleshoot.
Have a great training week!
Congratulations to our TKD Kubz who graded on Monday this week - what a great grading from these young ones!
This Sunday our big big BIG tournament of the year is on - the Auckland Regional Tournament where all the clubs from our area come together to compete against each other.
We have a whopping 50 people from Warrior Ellerslie, Warrior Three Kings and Warrior Diocesan entered for the regional tournament this weekend! The event is free to spectators and kicks off at 9am, so if you are not competing please come along and enjoy watching the tournament and supporting your fellow members. We have two teams entered into the team patterns event (a fantastic spectator event) that we look forward to supporting too.
Competitors need to be there by 8.30am and if you do not have your Warrior badge yet you need to let me know ASAP! I will send an email out to competitors with some additional info in the coming days - so look out for that too.
Officials Urgently Needed
Every club is required to register at least 5 officials per 10 members competing - and so far we are running short on that number. There are some jobs which you need to have done an umpiring course, but also a lot of jobs you don't need any qualifications for, such as timekeeping in the sparring matches, ring marshalling and general help. For those jobs you don't even need to be a student, you can be a parent/guardian/friend of a member. If you are competing or have a child competing please seriously consider registering as an official.
Can you help? If so, please register as an official.
Club Sweatshirts Are Coming
We are expecting our brand new club sweatshirts to arrive any day now! As many of you are hoping to get club sweatshirts to wear at regionals we'll be in touch as soon as they are here and give some details of how you can get one.
Have a great training week!
It's one thing being part of a club event, and it is another thing altogether to go as a club to an event in the wider Taekwon-Do community. There is nothing like it - the sense of community and the encouragement and camaraderie are simply magic. And we'd love for you to experience that - to get a sense of what is out there and what is possible.
We'd like to invite you to the Auckland North Regional Tournament, the biggest local regular event on the annual calendar. It's just a suburb over from the Ellerslie dojang at the AMI Netball Centre in Stonefields/St Johns. Whether you come as a participant or as a supporter is up to you - obviously we'd encourage you to enter because you will learn a lot and really develop as a martial artist by participating. But whether you come as a competitor or a supporter, you will be inspired!
You can enter any or all of the 4 individual events which are: patterns, sparring, specialty and power. We'd recommend that you enter patterns and choose at least one other event that you enjoy. If you really like flying kicks - enter specialty, if you really enjoy power enter that, if you like being tactical enter sparring.
If you do enter this tournament you will be able to receive a Warrior representative badge for your uniform if you don't have one already. You can ONLY receive these badges for representing Warrior at an external event. If you need a badge drop me an email after you've entered so we can sort one out for you.
All entries must be in by midnight this Friday so get onto it ASAP - the tournament itself is on Sunday 22 May.
We are aware that there are some students whose ITKD registrations are not yet active with ITKD - those people ought to be able to register on Tuesday night.
May Shop Specials
We fitted quite a few people for new uniforms last week! Remember they are on special during May (down from $85 to $70), as is sparring gear (down from $90 to $70 for a full set of gloves and boots) and private lessons (down from $70 to $50 for 1 hour sessions and down from $40 to $30 for half hour sessions).
Have a great training week!
Welcome back to training! Yes our full timetable is back on now and we're looking forward to seeing you all this week - we missed you!!!
Specials at the Warrior Shop During May Only
With the start of term we have a few specials going on at the Warrior shop for Warrior members in May only.
Uniforms - growing out of or need a new uniform? Uniforms are down from $85 to $70 at the office.
Sparring gear - if you have just graded to green belt you will now need sparring gear for class and for gradings. Sets of sparring gear (boots and gloves) are down from $90 for a full set to $70 from the office. (Optional for everyone, recommended for 5.30pm and 6.30pm classes, compulsory for green belts and above). Come and see us in the office to be fitted and kitted.
Private Lessons - want to work one-on-one with an instructor? Single session private lessons are on special during May - 30 minute sessions are down from $40 to $30, and 1 hour sessions down from $70 to $50*. More info available online. Please follow the enquiry and purchase process on the online page.
*Must be booked and paid for in May, but the session can used in a different month. Limit of 2 on sale sessions per student.
Four Direction Punch & Block (Saju Jirugi & Saju Makgi)
Saju jirugi and saju makgi are full of valuable lessons for the beginner and more advanced student alike. It is important to build strong foundations which will keep you in good stead for your future grades.
If you are learning or have learned saju jirugi or saju makgi it's worth reviewing this video from TKDCoaching.com featuring Warrior instructor Miss Roisin Giles and with lots of helpful pointers.
Check it out here
Have a great training week!