Did you see Mr Matthew Chan's epic flying jump last week? He cleared about 4 metres! You can check it out here!
Next weekend is Labour Weekend so there will be no class on Saturday or Monday. Enjoy your holiday instead! Hopefully there might even be some good weather!
Auckland North Kids Camp
This Friday is the very last day to register for the Auckland North Kids Camp! The camp is from 4-6 November in Whangaparaoa and is a crazy $60 for the full camp for one child with discounts for families and day stay options. We have 6 kids from Warrior entered so far. For full information and registration check out the camp page here.
For the colour belts there is a sparring seminar with two of New Zealand's top sparrers Estelle & Kane Baigent in Papakura on 5 December. So why are we telling you now? It's limited to 30 spaces so you need to get in quick if you want a space. They now reside in Australia so this is a once in a blue moon opportunity! Check out more info about it and how to register here.
Have a great week and a safe long weekend!
One context you will be familiar with for Taekwon-Do is gradings. Another is tournaments. The Pee Wee Tournament Series is for kids aged 12 and under and a great "first tournament" for kids new to tournaments. These events are extremely well run and held at Valley Rd School, Pukekohe.
Here are some tips to make the most out of your experience!
1. Enter All The Events
Pee Wee Tournaments give kids experience competing in the Taekwon-Do competition disciplines in a friendly, safe and fun environment. For just $20 your child can enter all the events - making it a great opportunity to give all the competition disciplines a go. The events available to enter are:
Patterns are the traditional forms that we learn in Taekwon-Do such as saju jirugi, saju makgi, Chon-Ji, Dan-Gun and Do-San. At the Pee Wee Tournament, the pattern is optional, which means that competitors may choose which pattern they perform providing it is not above their rank level. They will be called up in twos and each round a winner will be decided who then will face off against the other winners until places are determined. If a child does not yet know any patterns, at this tournament they will be judged on some of their basic techniques (e.g. punches).
The power punch event is the children's version of power breaking. A pad is dangled in front of each competitor, and released at the moment of impact. The pads that fly the furthest win and there are play offs until a winner is determined.
In children's special technique, they perform a flying high kick to a hit a pad held relative to the child's height. The pad is gradually raised higher to determine a winner. Some coaching to ensure that each child knows how to the perform the kick first is usually given.
Sparring at the Pee Wee Tournament is strictly no contact. Each competitor will have at least two bouts in a controlled environment, where they will be rewarded for the best technique. Techniques must adhere to the Taekwon-Do sparring rules of being aimed above the belt. Although sparring at a pee wee event is no contact, all competitors must have their own mouth guard.
2. Bring A Friend
Encourage a friend to register for the tournament as well and car pool to the event together.
3. Come Prepared
The night before, make sure you have everything packed and ready - your $20 tournament fee, a clean uniform, your belt, a mouth guard, some snacks to eat, a bottle (or two) of water and a jacket to put on over the top of your dobok in case it gets cold.
4. Arrive on Time
Make sure you arrive well on time for the event. This will give you time to find the venue, find parking, locate friends and fellow club members and begin to feel comfortable in the environment. When you do arrive, note the ring marshals and officials who usually wear special coloured t-shirts at these events - they will be able to help you with where you need to be and when.
5. Be a Cheerleader
Support and encourage your child and the other children competing at the tournament! It helps make the tournament more enjoyable if everyone works together encouraging each other.
These events are entirely run by volunteers who give up their time to put on a fun day and tournament for you and your child. Consider registering as an official to help run the event - not only does this help the event run quickly and smoothly, but you will get to meet a lot of great people! No qualifications or Taekwon-do experience are necessary to be a ring marshal, time keeper and general helper. An umpiring qualification is required to be a centre referee or corner referee - look out for the next ITKD run umpiring course to learn how to perform each of these roles.
The ITKD tournament rules state that each Taekwon-Do club must contribute at least one official per 10 members competing at each tournament. This ensures that there are enough officials to run the tournament and a fair representation of officials from the competing clubs. If your child regularly competes at tournaments, please consider contributing to their next event as an official.
7. Have Fun!
Above all, make sure you have some fun!
Welcome back to training! Our full timetable is back on as of today across all three of our branches. Meanwhile one of our instructors, Miss Courtney Church is in Budapest getting ready to compete at the ITF Taekwon-Do World Cup! It looks like there will be a livestream of the events - we'll keep you updated over the week on our Facebook group and page if we hear anything about how Miss Church is getting on.
Pee Wee Tournament Postponed
The Pukekohe Pee Wee Tournament has been postponed, probably until November. We'll keep you updated as to when it will be on.
From the Dojang to the Streets - Bridging the Gap
There's a very cool looking course coming up for blue belts and above who are aged 15+ on 30 October. "This seminar is about how we transition from the Do Jang to the streets and have the confidence that our skills and training in Taekwon-Do will be effective should we have to use it." To find out more and register go to the course page here.
Have a great week!
Over the weekend three of our members competed in Levin at the final Under 18 Tournament for 2016! Congratulations to Anton, Mischke and Leighton, who each won 3 medals each - with Anton also winning Best Overall Red Belt of the series.
Warrior Kids Team to Pukekohe
For those who are aged 12 and under there is one last tournament opportunity for you coming up very, very soon on Sunday 16 October: the final tournament in the Pee Wee Tournament series in Pukekohe. This tournament will be great experience in a more relaxed tournament environment. We are going to head there with large group of kids and parents from Warrior, with coaches from our instructing team too. Even though it is quite soon the tournament entry page isn't up yet so look out for our message when the entry page is open so you can register your child and put that date in your diary for now.
Miss Church off to Budapest
This week Miss Courtney Church (assistant instructor) on Mondays and Thursdays at Ellerslie) is heading to Hungary for the Taekwon-Do World Cup! We did a bit of an interview with Miss Church last week, so find out what she's competing in, what it takes to be ready for a World Cup and how Taekwon-Do has impacted her life by watching this short video.
Reduced Timetable Continues
Our holiday timetable continues this week with our reduced schedule. And speaking of holidays, I am on holiday for most of this week so if you have any queries for me please be patient until my return.
Have a great week!