Big Weekend at the National Tournament!
New Zealand's premiere Taekwon-Do tournament finished yesterday in Tauranga, with competitors travelling back to their regions with plenty of stories to share and even some medals. The Auckland & North region (which Warrior Taekwon-Do is part of) came third overall, with Counties Manukau taking 2nd and Central Districts 1st.
Our Warrior members who travelled to compete and officiate at the tournament had some great experiences, gave it all they had on the day and can be very proud of themselves!
Charlotte Sun - patterns - 4th-3rd gup
Hamish Bell - patterns senior 7th-8th gup
Steve Milne - patterns veteran 7th-8th gup
Preston Te Moni - power intermediate gup
Tabitha Crump - sparring 5th-9th gup senior heavy/hyperweight
Roisin Giles - sparring dan senior middleweight
Hamish Bell - sparring 8th-5th gup senior middleweight
Roisin Giles - patterns 1st dan
Roisin Giles - dan female team patterns
Roisin Giles - dan female team sparring
Kavita Jaduram - dan female team patterns
Kavita Jaduram - dan female team sparring
Row Hope - dan female team sparring
Row Hope - sparring 1st dan senior heavy/hyperweight
Anton Keay-Davies - sparring 4th-1st gup intermediate light
Benjamin Whittington - sparring 4th-1st gup intermediate heavy
Sonya Robinson - patterns 2nd+ dan
Preston Te Moni - gup team patterns
What's Coming Up In New Zealand ITKD Taekwon-Do?
While most of the big tournaments on the calendar have now taken place, there are still lots of events coming up for all ages over the second half of the year. There are two kids camps in the pipelines, a camp especially for the veterans (aged 35 and over), some kids and teens tournaments and undoubtedly more technical seminars and events are yet to be added into the official calendar.
Here's a snapshot of some of the events coming up:
16 Aug - First Aid Course - Henderson
26-30 Aug - ITF World Cup for blue belts and above - Jamaica
September - Auckland North Kids Camp - (details to be confirmed)
19-21 Sep - National Veterans Camp for ITKD members over 35 - Katikati
25 Oct - Under 18 Series: Tournament 2 - Counties Manukau
1-2 Nov - Instructors Conference - Rotorua
16-Nov - Pee Wee Tournament 3 for kids 12 and under - Pukekohe
21-23 Nov - National Kids Camp (details to be confirmed)
Have a great training week!
Welcome back to everyone who has been away on holiday and a very warm welcome to new members who are starting this term! Our full timetable resumes today and we are really looking forward to seeing you all in class this week!
Awesome Time at the Pee Wee Tournament in Pukekohe!
Yesterday a team of 13 young Warriors ventured south to compete in the second tournament of the Counties Manukau Pee Wee Tournament series. They were all a credit to their club, displaying great attitude, effort and spirit. Well done to all the team, and especially to those for whom this was their very first tournament!
Check out photos from the event here, and make sure you mark the final tournament (on 16 November) in your diaries.
Warriors Head to National Tournament Next Weekend
Next week the premiere New Zealand tournament event - the National Championships, is being held in Tauranga. Competitors from the 6 regions (Auckland & North - our region, Counties Manukau, Midlands, Central Districts, Wellington and South Island) have been preparing for the event for many months and will be travelling to compete in both individual and team Taekwon-Do events. There is also a "best region" award once all the points are tallied. Counties Manukau region has held the best region trophy for several years - can Auckland & North wrestle it back this year?!
Representing Auckland & North from Warrior Taekwon-Do are:
Preston Te Moni
Safe travels team, and best wishes at the tournament! We know that you will represent your club and your region well.
TKD Talk Magazine Out This Week
This week the latest edition of TKD Talk, the magazine produced by our national organisation (ITKD) is hitting our club! Make sure you pick up your copy from your instructor - one per family. Amongst other articles, this latest edition has several features on the new self defence syllabus. You can understand more about how it has evolved, why it has changed and how these changes have resulted in a syllabus that ITKD believes will better prepare its members for avoiding and dealing with dangerous situations. One of the key differences to the self defence syllabus is that it embraces the more holistic idea of "self protection" - the four stages of which are:
The self defence handbook is a recommended resource for colour belts (as it contains your colour belt self defence syllabus) and anybody interested in learning more about defending themselves. We have copies available to look at and for purchase ($20) at the office for anyone interested.
Have a great training week!
Warrior Taekwon-Do offers Taekwon-Do classes for kids as young as 3 years old because our quality pre-schooler programs are designed with pre-schoolers and their life and developmental stage in mind. Participating in fun exercise helps kids to stay in good health and build good habits for the future.
Sessions involve a wide range of activities, skills and topics which help kids to develop their confidence and self-esteem, physical and mental skills, fitness, motor skills and discipline and learn to stay safe and navigate difficult situations.
Classes are varied each session and include fitness, pad work, games, interactive play, Taekwon-Do skills and child-relevant self defence. They are also a lot of fun!
These are all important skills to develop as kids prepare for school.
We also teach pre-schoolers how to stay safe through drills and activities that cover:
There are also opportunities to earn certificates, badges and belt stripes which encourages goal setting and rewards a child’s effort, attitude and progress.
Taekwon-Do has strong values which we teach all of our members. The tenets of Taekwon-Do are:
We believe these values are good not just for Taekwon-Do, but also for life.
Our pre-schooler classes are taken by qualified and experienced pre-school instructor, Jacky Geurts (1st degree black belt). Jacky loves teaching kids and is an experienced children’s educator across a range of disciplines including drama, theatre, acrobatics and of course – Taekwon-Do! She is a certified Taekwon-Do instructor, TKD Kubz instructor, Kiwi Sport instructor and has a current first aid certificate.
Our Oceania Taekwon-Do Championships team has returned from the Cook Islands with lots of stories to share about a wonderful tournament, the incredible hospitality of our Cook Island hosts and the beauty of Rarotonga! The team did extremely well, with individual medals to all of our team members and a silver medal in the team patterns event. A special mention also to Roisin Giles who won the Best Overall black belt trophy, and to the parents, supporters, officials and helpers who helped make it all happen. We posted live updates during the tournament and have posted lots of photos from the event which you can view here.
Sonya Robinson - 4th Degree Patterns
Kavita Jaduram - 1st Degree Patterns
Kavita Jaduram - Women's Dan Special Technique
Roisin Giles - Women's Dan Middleweight Sparring
Roisin Giles - Women's Dan Power Breaking
Zach Patai - Male Red Belt Patterns
Zach Patai - Int Male 1-4 Gup Sparring
Danielle Patai - Female Blue Belt Patterns
Danielle Patai - Jnr Female 1-4 Gup Hyperweight Sparring
Debbie Hart - 3rd Degree Patterns
Debbie Hart - Women's Dan Power Breaking
Roisin Giles - 1st Degree Patterns
Zach Patai - Int Male Power Breaking
Suhaila Sayid Ghoolam - 1-4 Gup Microweight Sparring
Suhaila Sayid Ghoolam - Int Girls Special Technique
Anton Keay-Davies - Int Boys 1-4 Gup Middleweight Sparring
Anton Keay-Davies - Int Boys Special Technique
Warrior Team - Team Patterns
Roisin Giles - Best Overall Black Belt
(Incredibly, we all made it back through Auckland Airport without setting off the metal detectors...).
Pee Wees - It's Your Last Chance to Register!
The Pee Wee Tournament is this Sunday! Already we've got 11 Warrior members registered for the event. The tournament is about a 30min drive from Ellerslie to Wesley College, which is located between Drury and Pukekohe, and we will meet up together at the beginning of the tournament so we can all help and support each other on the day.
Not sure what it's all about? We've put together an article called 7 Ways to Maximise Your Pee Wee Tournament Experience with some tips on what to enter, what to expect and how to get the most out of the tournament.
Register for the tournament here.
Last Week of Holiday Timetable
This is the last week on our holiday timetable, with our full timetable resuming on Monday 21 July. Starting from next week we are adding a new TKD Kubz class to our timetable for kids aged 3-5 which will be on Mondays at 3.30pm. Taekwon-Do Kubz is a one-of-a-kind, fun filled, safety-first children's program for 3-5 year olds, inspiring great behaviour, teaching social interaction and of course some cool taekwon-do techniques. If you have or know any young children who would be interested in TKD Kubz please contact us to find out more.
Have a great training week!
Greetings from Rarotonga!! I had to write this newsletter before I boarded the plane, but all going well, according to the time difference it's Sunday today in Rarotonga and yesterday was the Oceania Taekwon-Do Championships. If we managed to get an internet connection we will have tried our best to post something on our facebook page about how the tournament went - otherwise we'll bomb you with photos of how we're managing to endure this sunny, tropical island paradise once we're back!
The school holidays are here! We're running a limited holiday timetable at our Ellerslie location in order to have better class numbers between 5 and 20 July as follows:
3-5 year old class - 4.30pm and 5.30pm sessions will run on Mondays
Mon-Fri 3.30pm and 4.30pm classes are COMBINED and running at 4.30pm
Mon-Fri 5.30pm and 6.30pm classes are COMBINED and running at 6.30pm
Saturday 9.30am classes at Stanhope Rd School Hall will continue to run except on 5 July
Some of our classes will have very experienced guest instructors this week. Please make sure you treat our guest instructors, and newcomers trying Taekwon-Do during the holidays with the utmost respect and courtesy and give them a warm Warrior welcome.
Special Guest Tonight & Wednesday Night!
Tonight and Wednesday at 6.30pm we have the privilege of hosting Mr John Matsuoka, 5th Degree black belt at Warrior Taekwon-Do. In case you're wondering why the name is so familiar, Mr Matsuoka Snr is the father of Mr Kevin Matsuoka Jnr - instructor of some of our kids classes. Mr John Matsuoka has been training in Taekwon-Do since 1969, and has a huge wealth of experience to share with you. Many of you will already have met Mr Matsuoka as he has helped a great many people at the open sessions on Sundays. We're inviting everyone aged 10 and over to come along tonight and/or Wednesday at 6.30pm as additional free sessions this holidays to train with Mr Matsuoka.
Pee Wee Tournament - July 20
At lot of fun was had last week practicing pee wee tournament skills! Now's the time to register for the Pee Wee event, if you're aged 12 or under. Join the other Warrior members who have already entered by registering here. $20 is extremely good value to be able to compete in four events and have a fun day at the same time. Some of our Warrior staff will be at the tournament as well.
Have a great training week!
We're just about to head to the airport to fly to the Cook Islands as part of the last wave of the Warrior contingent competing and contributing to the 6th Oceania Taekwon-Do Championships!
New Zealand, Cook Islands and Australia are competing in Rarotonga on Saturday Cook Islands time, which is Sunday New Zealand time.
Zach Patai, Danielle Patai, Anton Keay-Davies, Suhaila Sayid Ghoolam, Roisin Giles, Kavita Jaduram, Debbie Hart, and Sonya Robinson are all competing in individual events, and we also have a Warrior team made up of Roisin, Kavita, Danielle, Zach and Suhaila competing in team patterns as one of the patterns teams representing New Zealand at the tournament.
Also there will be Master McPhail as a committee member of the Oceania Taekwon-Do Federation and as an official, and myself as a helper and supporter.
The first and last time I saw the Cook Islanders compete was at the Star Series Tournament in Pukekohe in 2010. They were very strong there, as you will see in the video below, so it will be interesting to see how the tournament goes!
We will try and share some updates here and on Facebook if internet and time allow.
Go New Zealand!!!!