at Southwick Primary School, Shakespeare Street, Sunderland, SR5 2JX United Kingdom
The Sunderland TKD Club is under the instruction of James McCarthy, a 2nd degree Black Belt. All students are welcome, from age 6 - 65 and beyond. Tae Kwon Do is the perfect martial art not only for those looking to learn, but also for anyone who is looking to get fit, gain self confidence or simply try something far more interesting than going to the gym and lifting weights or running on a treadmill. The club is a member of the Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB). The TAGB is Europe's largest single martial arts organisation, with over 20,000 members training in over 600 clubs throughout the UK. All instructors are certified and experienced & have undertaken specialist instructors courses. They are CRB checked, fully trained and certified First Aiders and have full professional indemnity insurance cover. In the last few years the TAGB have been involved with health and fitness promotions with companies such as Nestle, Nationwide Building Society, Sainsbury's, Asda, Cardinal Securities, Disneyland and Rotary International. So when you join the TAGB you can rest assured that you have made the right decision. Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-00 - 7-00. Any new students can have a couple of taster sessions to see if they like it before committing to train. Special rates are available for families, so everyone can come along and learn together. For more details, contact James McCarthy on 07891841585.
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Hi guys, I just want to touch upon something master Sergiew said during the black belt session yesterday for those who weren't present. There was a lot of good advice and insight yesterday so I'm just gonna highlight a few points. firstly, the most important part of patterns, and most of tkd, are the basics; they're looking for good stances and body positioning. On top of that they are looking for some realism, so this is where your power, speed, and focus come in; your blocks need to look like they would stop an attack and your strikes need to look powerful and accurate so that they would knock the opponent out, essentially all moves need to look effective. Master Sergiew said you should have good awareness of your patterns, you should be able to identify the worst move in each pattern, that way you can work on that move until it's not the worst anymore. It's about identifying weaknesses, which you need to be able to do to improve. The final point of his that I want to mention is about what to do if you get stuck whilst performing a pattern. The last thing they want to see in a grading is someone just freezing and not doing anything, so that's the worst thing you can do really, besides just breaking down and crying, if you make a mistake you shouldn't show it, continue as if you meant to do it and if you get stuck on a move either just do something else or restart your pattern. He said something along the lines of a pattern is just an order of moves and the emphasis should be on the moves themselves not the order (although that's obviously important too, so don't relax thinking it doesn't matter) So, if you make a mistake don't make a drama of it because it's not a big deal, just forget it and move on. if anyone from the session wants to add to this, feel free cos we all likely took different things away from the session. And if I've misunderstood anything, please correct me. J
From what I saw tonight looked like a good grading. I'm expecting good results. Possibly new patterns to learn tomorrow. learn the meanings in case.
Good luck to all those grading tonight.
The grading is tomorrow. Looking to start at 6 but get there around half 5 to warm up and prepare. It will be held at King Edward's primary school, Preston ave, North Shields, NE30 2BD. following the grading is a black belt session which will start approx. 7pm, and costs £5. Red belts and above must attend but it's open to all grades and I recommend that you attend if you can. 8th Degree Master Sergiew will be running that session.
Cheers Peter :D
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The grading is coming up next week, on the Wednesday, 17th of Sept. Looking to start at 6 but get there early to warm up and prepare. It will be held at King Edward's primary school, Preston ave, North Shields, NE30 2BD. following the grading is a black belt session which will start approx. 7pm, and costs £5. Red belts and above must attend but it's open to all grades and I recommend that you attend if you can. 8th Degree Master Sergiew will be running that session and it should be focusing on patterns.
I was just looking at the ratings for this page and there's some guy who's give it a 1-star rating. No idea who he is so I clicked on his name and from 1 of his photos I'm guessing he's an instructor for some other tae kwon-do organisation. I guess they don't follow the same tenets as our organisation or they just have a different definition of what integrity is, because I've not met this guy and he's not been along to any of our sessions.
Tuesday's class is likely going to be a bit of everything, but if anyone has something specific they want to focus on please let me know.
The grading is coming up; it's just over a month away. I'd like you all to have a think about what you need to work on and let me know so we can run through it. Also start getting your books out and get revising for the theory.
We'll be doing a bit of pad work on Thursday then some grading style sparring.
Hey guys, I need to get some good photos for the club website. I'll bring my camera along on Thursday and if any of the adults can help me out then great.
Taught through Whitley Bay this week... sent them in a completely wrong direction with their training, now we can charge ahead and become the best club in the Northeast mwahahaha. Just kidding, but we'll continue to progress and work hard until we're all lightning fast with powerful techniques and high section turning/side kicks. So tomorrow we'll practice turning and side kicks cos we need to start getting the height to them, I'll try to find the best stretching exercises for opening the hips up but even if we do them in class every week we'll likely have to try to find 5 mins a day at home to do some light stretching if we want to see progress.
Patterns class tomorrow; I'm gonna throw saju-jirugi in as well so if you're feeling forgetful best check your manual ha
So what we've learnt from tonight's session is that everyone could practice a bit more with the step sparring. If you get the chance read through the manual and have a practice at home.
Please remember that class is not on tomorrow because of the strike we can't use the hall. so instead find some space at home and count how many jumping jacks you can do in 45 minutes then we'll aim to beat it next week ha. Sorry about the session being off tomorrow but hopefully it should be the last one for a while.
Going to do some pad work tonight, but after this week I want us to start working towards the September grading so there'll be more syllabus related lessons.
Hey guys, we're in the smaller hall tonight. it's patterns tonight though so it shouldn't be that much of a bother.
'The Fox and the Cat were standing on a hill, talking bout how many ways they know of escaping from a pack of dogs. The Cat, feeling rather inadequate, said, "I only know one way. I run up the nearest tree." The Fox gave the Cat a sardonic smile and said, "Well, actually, I know fifty different ways of escaping a pack of dogs." Just then a pack of dogs appeared on the horizon and ran in the direction of the Fox and the Cat. The Cat, utilising his only escape technique, found sanctuary up a nearby tree. Whilst the Fox was busy deciding which of the fifty escape techniques he should employ, he got ate by the pack of dogs.'
Thursdays class is not on this week due to something taking up the hall. Class should be on as usual next week.
Hey guys, if anyone knows of any events where we could possibly do a demo would you please message me. cheers.
Good luck to those grading tonight.
Not a bad session tonight. Did something a bit different, which I believe we hadn't done before, kicks from lying down and from a crouch position. Interesting to see how the basic kicks change when you do them from a different position
Well done Katie!! You had a good grading and deserve that black tag :)
Well done to those who did well in the grading yesterday.
Perhaps a mock grading tomorrow.
Some news As some know I've been looking into starting an adults' class, I've found a venue that I would like to try out, Ewesley Road Methodist Church, unfortunately the only times they have available are 6-7 or 7-8 on Tuesdays and Thursdays which means Thursdays class could be changing to Wednesdays if that works for everyone and I can get that time at Southwick school. Ewesley Road is just up Chester road, near the hospital; it's not far from the city centre and the university's city space. The class I'm thinking will be ages 16+ with classes being a couple quid each session, and obviously free for current members of Sunderland tkd. The first month will be free to all and we'll likely be focusing on fitness, pad work, sparring drills and possibly self defence. I was wanting to start this at the beginning of March but I may move this back until after the grading on the 11th. And the class time I think would work best is Thursdays, 7 to 8. I would really like to get an adults' class up and going but it all depends on whether I can get Wednesdays at the school, that Wednesdays would work for every student, and that I can change my availability at work. Those are the 3 factors currently stopping it, but my work availability should be easy enough to change, so it's mainly just changing the day of Thursdays class. I'll phone the school tomorrow to see if they have other times available and then I'll contact each student to see if we can make it work. I'm hoping by starting up this new class that it'll guide people to our main club, but even if it doesn't and we don't get anyone in at all It's still an additional class where we can possibly train more seriously than when there's kids around. I'm looking forward to it and I'll be asking friends and contacting former students to invite them along and ask for their support. And if all goes well this should be starting up soon. I'll keep you informed of any developments. James.
Good class tonight.
Canny class tonight.
Remember the English championships is being held Worcester on 22nd of March. the poster is further down the page if you want to look at it.
Think tomorrow we'll do some reaction drills/counter attacks. and possibly something on range and positioning.
Thanks to everyone who accepted my invitation to this page.
I enjoyed the sparring today, was good to get back into it.
Sparring on Thursday,
Could students please let me know if you are unable to make class. Thank you.
Although small, the class tonight was canny. thanks to those who turned up, I know some people weren't well or were busy tonight but hopefully see you back soon.
I would like to remind everyone that all of January is free for all former students as an opportunity for them to get back into martial arts, Also I want to say that this trial period is open to everyone who would like to give Tae Kwon-Do a try throughout the year, So anyone who is remotely interested in Martial arts is welcome along for taster sessions before they commit to our club. J
I'm looking forward to tomorrow's class. Think we'll do a bit of everything.
Class starts back up tomorrow. Hope to see you all there :)
With the new year comes new year resolutions, with improving health and fitness being among the most common resolutions I've decided to offer former students the opportunity to get back into Tae Kwon-Do. I know it can be daunting to come back to something that you've not done in a while, you might feel that you're not fit enough or that you've forgotten everything, but after a few lessons it'll start to come back. Therefore throughout January all former students of Sunderland Tae Kwon-Do Club are welcome to train free of charge for the whole month. I ask that you please consider it as it is a great chance to get back into martial arts. In addition we all really miss ya and it would be great to see you all again ;)
Hope everyone's having a lovely Christmas day.
Class back on from Tuesday the 6th. If you didn't pay fees for this month please get them to me when we start bk up, remember it was only £10. Fees are due when we start back up as well. Let's try to be better at paying on time in the new year, cause i don't like chasing money at the end of every class. Thanks.
From what I've heard we had a good grading on Thursday, so well done. You'll be getting the results on Tuesday.
Good luck to all those grading tonight. Just do your best,
Make sure that you're revising your theory for the upcoming grading, cheers..