Congratulations to all new Dan graduates!
Comments for each student by GM Mark Richardson
Congratulations to all new Dan graduates!
Comments for each student by GM Mark Richardson
Classes in various venues across the West of Manchester and Salford have finally resumed!
Monday 21st June 2021 saw the return of MTS students to on-site training to the great pleasure of everyone from the youngest student to our dedicated instructor GM Mark Richardson. Most had managed to follow the classes online for the last 15 months and were very excited to be training again in the same physical space at last, enjoying kicking the mitt, kihaping loudly and simply having the space to jog and move around without hitting furniture in the process! It was also a pleasure to see how much everyone had progressed after training hard the whole year in unusual circumstances, focusing on specific technical drills.
Many students are continuing their training online, some having moved to another city or country, others working long hours or away, or having to self-isolate.
Welcome back everyone!
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First ever England Spring Online Poomsae Open took place on 22nd May 2021
Circumstances in the UK with the COVID pandemic meant that this spring again, we weren’t able to hold it usual two-day championship and so decided to offer many competitors from across the world to take part in an online Poomsae competition to give everyone something to work towards to, and keep them on their toes until we can all get back on the mats.
160 competitors from a dozen different countries from around the globe, Nepal, Ireland, Pakistan, Germany, Italy, Japan, India, Morocco, France, Portugal and of course the UK, sent in their videos and were judged by six high-ranking Masters from the UK.
Results were released on Saturday 22nd May 2021. All participants were sent a certificate of participation or of their medal ranking by email and their medals by post, as a nice souvenir of this exceptional event for everyone to cherish for years to come.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, whatever your result, you showed indomitable spirit and dedication to our beloved art!
A year ago, the thought of taking part in an online Poomsae competition would have sounded rather puzzling and most definitely unfeasible. However, in February 2021 this is exactly what 17 of our club members did! William The Marshall Cup offered our students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and progress over the past year by submitting a video clip of their favourite pattern.
The results could not have made our club’s Chief Instructor, GM Mark Richardson, prouder:
“So proud of everyone! Considering the year we have had!” he said as he announced the results which saw Manchester Sport Taekwondo rank 3rd.
Ann Cooney (A class Vet F 45+) – Gold
Safiya Florence Ascoli-Ball (A class Vet F 45+) – Silver
Zaneb Ali (A Class Vet F 35+) – Gold
Sundus Mohamed (B Class SF) – Gold
Michelle Galliani (A Class SF) – Silver
Ridwan Ball (C Class SM) – Gold
Genevieve Galliani (A Class JF) – Silver
Asalah Zakir (B Class – JF) – Gold
Aliyah Ball (A Class JF) – Bronze
Neil Manoj (A Class CM) – Gold
Mu’adh Zakir (C Class CM) – Bronze
Maximilian Vernon (C Class CM) – Bronze
2020 will probably come down as being the oddest year in living memory the whole world over. When we, at Manchester Taekwondo Schools, started training online five times a week, we thought that at the most we would limit the loss of the gains we accumulated over the years of nearly daily training on-site. Little did we anticipate that we would not only achieve this, but improve so much more too! Being online in a limited space, in our lounges, kitchens, cellars, attics, gardens… and without training partners, we were forced to focus exclusively on very specific individual but essential skills, stripping everything back down to the traditional techniques of basic blocks, strikes and kicks, strengthening those techniques that we can then transfer onto more complex ones, making these techniques sharper, stronger and more precise. Fitness, footwork, sparring drills were not forgotten of course, and were an integral part of all training sessions.
The hard work of all our dedicated students, coupled with the immense energy and innovative approaches of world-class chief instructor GM Mark Richardson – without whose expertise and creativity none of this would have been possible – meant that a series of junior and senior grading tests could take place online in October and November, including, for the first time ever, several black belt 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dan tests.
Senior grade promotions:
Grading test date and place: 21 November 2020 – Online
Examiner: GM Mark Richardson, 8th Dan
Observers: GM Ewan Briscoe (President, SMK England), Master Susan Sadler, Master Jaki Richardson
Promoted to 3rd Dan: Howard Kwan
Promoted to 2nd Dan: Zaneb Ali, Safiya Ascoli-Ball, Geneviève Galliani, Adam Scholes, Millie Scholes
Promoted to 1st Dan: Aliyah Ball, Michelle Galliani, Neil Manoj, Christian Moss, Jeannette Pope
Congratulations to all, well done, your hard work, perseverance and indomitable spirit paid off!
GM Mark Richardson presents the certificates and belts to some of the local students, respecting the social distancing rules in place in Greater Manchester, November 2020. The official presentation ceremony will take place when training resumes on-site in Spring 2021.
It’s not just a martial art
To teach a student to focus
A coachable youngster will go further
It teaches honour humility elation dejection
To be humble in victory Honourable in defeat
It shows when you attain your blackbelt
On application jobs interview college university applications YOU NEVER QUIT
The tenets teach you
Courtesy self control perseverance indomitable spirit etiquette
The oath teaches you
To observe the tenets
To respect your instructors and seniors
To never misuse your art
To champion freedoms and fairness
TO BUILD A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD
It’s not just about medals they tarnish
It’s not just about fighting It’s not just about patterns
It’s about all of The art
It’s certainly not just about YOU, it’s about what YOU make of yourself
It can only HELP.
GM Mark Richardson
The whole country in full lockdown for five weeks now, we had to quickly re-think how to continue our training. For the first two weeks, students were set challenges by GM Mark Richardson, like planking record (girls’ winner Grace with 6.27mins! – Boy’s winner Noah: 8.02 mins! Well done!!), Marvin Agler’s crunches for 2 minutes, press-ups etc. Dozens of videos were sent to GM Mark every week and a winner declared on the Sunday.
On week three, GM Mark took the plunge with live Zoom classes for all existing students of Manchester Sport Taekwondo Club, focusing on technique for forthcoming gradings and for both Poomsae and Kyorugi competitions, which we hope will resume in the Autumn. Parents are also encouraged to join in the stretching, so they also keep active and get to feel a bit what their children go through!
Below are a few pictures to keep this very unusual time in our memory. We are physically separated from each other but very close in spirit and dedication, in our individual dojangs, in our lounges, bedrooms, gardens, kitchens, conservatories,… thanks to our shared love for this martial art. The whole club is very grateful to our inspiring and legend instructor GM Mark Richardson, gamsa Hamnida and respect Sir, for keeping our training going whatever the circumstances.
On Saturday 29th February 2020 and Sunday 1st March, GM Mark Richardson, SMK UK President, and GM Guy Jones, SMK Europe President, lead two full days of technical seminars in Tangiers and Rabat, organised by Master Abdelilah Khoudali, of SMK Taekwondo North Africa, and attended by many enthusiastic martial artists from Morocco. SMK certificates were also handed out by both Grand Masters. It was a great weekend of friendship and learning; everyone showed great dedication and spirit. Well done to all!
Many among you are regular participants of this family-oriented tournament usually held in one of the two Urmston Sport Centres. This year, however, it will take place at the University of Salford Sports Centre, still in the Western part of Greater Manchester, and still close to one of UK’s biggest shopping centres, the Trafford Centre, and Trafford City, with their wide choice of restaurants, cinemas and hotels.
Spanning over two days, Saturday will see the great technical skills of Poomsae competitors of all ages from Pee Wee all the way to Masters and a dedicated Para section who always wow the public, judged by Grand Masters from all over the world; and Sunday will provide its usual share of excitement and screams of supporters with the Kyorugi competition, over 6 rings – 3 for A-class using the Daedo system and 3 for B and C classes using KPnP.
We are looking forward to welcoming you and your team to our tournament and great city for another weekend of sportsmanship and friendship! Do enter your players very soon as the places get filled up very quickly. Click here to head over to our page dedicated to the tournament for all the details you need and to download your entry forms.
2020 started on high notes! On 26th January, a small contingent led by GM Mark Richardson, was in Naples in Italy, to take part in the “Terra delle Sirene” competition held in Sorrento. The team came back with 7 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze, as well as the second team trophy and a special award for head instructor GM Mark! Well done everyone!
In February 2019, Manchester Sport Taekwondo was honoured to welcome Supreme Grand Master Hee Ro, son of Song Moo Kwan’s founder SGM Biyung Jick Ro, for a week end of worskhops forcusing on the traditional aspects of the martial art and as a self-defence tool, assisted by GM Guy Jones, Song Moo Kwan Europe President. It was a weekend thoroughly enjoyed by all and much was learnt.