Gradings

Starter Grading - July 2016Harry grading

As a beginner student, Harry had made quick progress and was ready to progress to the next grade before the date of the next local grading. Therefore Mr Storton made the decision that Harry should complete his grading separately to allow him to begin working towards the yellow belt requirement.

Harry demonstrated that he had made good progress, performing all his grading requirements and promoting to yellow belt.

 

Grading Result:
Harry - Promoted to 9th Kup (Yellow tips)

 

 

Gradings - May 2016

Byron grading

A small number of students promoted to the next grade in May as they were unable to promote at the recent local grading.

 

Byron Hepworth had missed the grading due to an injury and once recovered he took part in a small grading during a lesson and was successfully promoted to the next grade.

 

As senior grades, Jacob and Ben Hemsley are required to promote at area seminars in front of a master. Despite it being their first experience of grading in front of a master, they performed extremely well and clearly demonstrated that they were ready to promote to the nex grade.

Jacob and Ben

Grading Results:
Jacob Hemsley - Promoted to 2nd Kup (Red Belt)
Ben Hemsley - Promoted to 3rd Kup (Red tips)
Byron Hepworth - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow belt)

 

 

Local Grading - April 2016

A number of members of both the senior and junior classes were invited to grade in April as a local grading. This covered a wide range of grades from complete beginners to those hoping to promote to senior grades.

As ever, the standard was incredibly high and all students were able to perform both the practical elements required for their grade as well as showing a good knowledge of taekwondo theory.

With such a high standard, choosing the recipient of the best grading award was a difficult task with a number of members showing exceptional progress. In the end, the award went to Luke Holstead as he showed high abilities in all areas of his grading.

Mr Storton was delighted to confirm that all students had been successful in promoting to the next grade and looks forward to another large grading later in the year.

Group grading photoGrading Results:
Conner Meade - Promoted to 4th Kup (Blue belt)
Scott Murphy - Promoted to 4th Kup (Blue belt)
Laura Juchnik - Promoted to 4th Kup (Blue belt)
Luke Dennis - Promoted to 5th Kup (Blue tips)
Luke Holstead - Promoted to 5th Kup (Blue tips)
Wayne Hemsley - Promoted to 5th Kup (Blue tips)
Kalin Kellow - Promoted to 6th Kup (Green belt)
Amelia Hepworth - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow belt)
Blake Hepworth - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow belt)
Andrew Hannington - Promoted to 9th Kup (Yellow tips)
Meghan Rai - Promoted to 9th Kup (Yellow tips)

 

Area Seminar and Grading - March 2016

William with Senior Master TaylorWhen a student reaches senior grades, they must grade in front of a senior master. William Hemsley took this opportunity early in 2016 and attended the Oxford area seminar with Senior Master Taylor VIII Dan.

The training involved in the seminar was tough at times but incredibly interesting as William worked on refining some of his movements, particularly those required of a higher grade student.

After the seminar, William stayed on to grade in front of Senior Master Taylor. He was understandably nervous as it was his first experience of grading in front of a master but he kept his nerves under control and performed very well. He was able to show a good ability with the practical movements and as ever an exceptional knowledge of taekwondo theory and successfully promoted to the next grade.

This was William's final grading before his black belt grading which he is aiming to achieve in the autumn. Keep up the hard work, William.

 

Oxford Seminar Group Photo

 

Grading Results:
William Hemsley - Promoted to 1st Kup (Black tips)

 

 

 

Local Grading - 20th November 2015

A cold evening in November saw the final opportunity of the year for Tidworth Taekwondo students to promote to the next grade.  It was unusual to have no white belt students taking part in the grading but this just raised the expectation for the other students. With a number of senior and junior members, it was also a fantastic opportunity to see how hard students had been working and the high levels they were achieving.

As ever, the students showed some nerves but this didn't stop anyone from demonstrating they were capable of meeting the grading requirement. The students performed their patterns and a variety of sparring techniques as part of a group before standing on their own to answer theory questions and demonstrate kicks against boards. Senior members are expected to break boards using a range of techniques and most were able to confidently achieve this.

The evening was a huge success and the standard was incredibly high with most students passing with flying colours.

At the end of the evening, Mr Storton was delighted to announce that all students had been successful in promoting to the next grade. He also announced that Conner Meade had won the award for best grading. 

Grading Results:
Conner Meade - Promoted to 5th Kup (Blue tips)
Laura Juchnik - Promoted to 5th Kup (Blue tips)
Roch Rotuski - Promoted to 5th Kup (Blue tips)
Scott Murphy - Promoted to 5th Kup (Blue tips)
Adam McGarry - Promoted to 6th Kup (Green belt)
Luke Dennis - Promoted to 6th Kup (Green belt)
Luke Holstead - Promoted to 6th Kup (Green belt)
Wayne Hemsley - Promoted to 6th Kup (Green belt)
Bailey Prout - Promoted to 7th Kup (Green tips)
Kalin Kellow - Promoted to 7th Kup (Green tips)

 

Local Grading - October 2015

October Grading

 

 

 

 

 

 

A small grading was held in October to allow some of our newest members to promote to the next grade. Very well done to Amelia, Blake and Byron for successfully promoting to 9th kup and especially to Amelia who received the best grading award.

Grading Results:
Amelia Hepworth - Promoted to 9th Kup (Yellow tips)
Blake Hepworth - Promoted to 9th Kup (Yellow tips)
Byron Hepworth - Promoted to 9th Kup (Yellow tips)

Blackbelt Grading - 13th September 2015

Blackbelt gradingThe 13th September was the date of the final UKTA black belt grading weekend and a date which two senior members had been focused on for a while as they hoped to promote in front of the masters.

As usual, the first hurdle was a tough seminar, including training Friday night and all day Saturday. The seminar covered all aspects of Taekwondo, from self defence to flying kicks and left all participants tired and in need of some recovery time. This would have to wait, however, as Sunday morning brought along the blackbelt grading. Despite understandable nerves, Tidworth students took the opportunity to show the masters how hard they had worked and exactly what they were capable of.

It gives us great pleasure to announce our school's two latest black belt promotions. At the UK Taekwon-Do Association Black Belt Grading on 13th September, Susan Julyan was promoted to 3rd Degree black belt and Matt Stevenson promoted to 1st Degree black belt. Both enjoyed an excellent course and grading and thoroughly deserved their promotions. Very many congratulations to you both.

For more photographs from the day please visit our gallery.

Grading Results:
Susan Julyan - Promoted to 3rd Degree black belt
Matthew Stevenson - Promoted to 1st Degree black belt

 

 

Local Grading - 24th July 2015

On the evening of Friday 24th July, several members of the junior and senior classes demonstrated sparring, patterns and breaking in front of their instructor, Mr Barry Storton IV Dan, in the hope of promoting to the next grade. It was particularly pleasing to see a range of grades at the same time, from beginners to those applying to become a red belt.

Students at July GradingAs usual, the students were required to perform a wide range of movements appropriate to their grade as well as answering theory questions. At the end of the evening, Mr Storton was pleased to announce that all students had successfully promoted to the next grade. The award for best grading went to Luke Holstead who demonstrated an ability to perform all requirements for his grade to a high standard.

 Mr Storton is always pleased when gradings pass easily and all students, despite obvious nerves, are able to competently meet the requirements for their grade.

Grading Results:
William Hemsley - Promoted to 2nd Kup (Red belt)
Steve Murphy - Promoted to 3rd Kup (Red tips)
Jacob Hemsley - Promoted to 3rd Kup (Red tips)
Ben Hemsley - Promoted to 4th Kup (Blue belt)
Conner Meade - Promoted to 6th Kup (Green belt)
Anna Jania - Promoted to 7th Kup (Green tips)
Luke Dennis - Promoted to 7th Kup (Green tips)
Luke Holstead - Promoted to 7th Kup (Green tips)
Kalin Kellow - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow belt)
Nashura Linforth - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow belt)
Zachary Linforth - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow belt)

 

Local Grading - 24th April 2015

On the evening of Friday 24th April, several students from both the junior and senior classes were invited to grade infront of their instructor, Mr Barry Storton. The grading went well and all students were successful in promoting to the next grade.

As usual, the students were required to perform a wide range of movements appropriate to their grade as well as answering theory questions. The award for best grading went to Nashura Linforth who performed to a high standard on the day which reflects the efforts shown in training.

 Mr Storton was pleased to see how hard some of the students had been working on both their practical movements and learning their theory.

Grading Results:
Laura Juchnik - Promoted to 6th Kup (Green belt)
Wayne Hemsley - Promoted to 7th Kup (Green tips)
Adam McGarry - Promoted to 7th Kup (Green tips)
Nashura Linforth - Promoted to 9th Kup (Yellow tips)
Zachary Linforth - Promoted to 9th Kup (Yellow tips)
Kalin Kellow - Promoted to 9th Kup (Yellow tips)
Barney Ridgway - Promoted to 9th Kup (Yellow tips)

 

 

Local Grading - 27th February 2015

On the evening of the 27th February, a number of Tidworth Taekwondo's junior and senior members attended a local grading in the hope of promoting to the next grade. This followed a great deal of hard work from the students as they tried to perfect their practical movements and learn their taekwondo theory.

All individuals were required to perform practised movements including push ups, kicks and punches. As all members were progressing to yellow belt or above, they were also required to perform their patterns and pre-arranged sparring techniques. Those students who were hoping to promote to green belt or above were also required to demonstrate hand and foot techniques against boards.

As ever, the standard was high and there were only a small number of errors shown (which were clearly caused by nerves). The blackbelts were particularly impressed with the performances of the higher grades who showed impressive technique and speed in their movements.

At the end of the evening, Mr Storton announced that all students had successfully promoted to the next grade. He was also pleased to announce that William Hemsley was the recipient of the best grading award. William is incredibly focused on his journey to blackbelt and has shown significant development in the practical skills as well as maintaining his impressive knowledge of taekwondo theory.

February Grading

 

Grading Results:
William Hemsley - Promoted to 3rd Kup (Red tips)
Jacob Hemsley - Promoted to 4th Kup (Blue belt)
Toby Bridle - Promoted to 5th Kup (Blue tips)
Ben Hemsley - Promoted to 5th Kup (Blue tips)
Roch Rotuski - Promoted to 6th Kup (Green belt)
Scott Murphy - Promoted to 6th Kup (Green belt) 
Conner Meade - Promoted to 7th Kup (Green tips)
Chloe Bannister - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow tips)
Anna Jania - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow belt)
Bailey Prout - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow belt)
Luke Holstead - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow belt)
Luke Dennis - Promoted to 8th Kup (Yellow belt)

 

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