Taekwondo colour belt grading

Returned to taekwondo training today albeit with back not 100% but ok enough to train. We have regular Saturday junior class, senior class the grading shortly after that. This gives everyone extra practice before their grading so thankfully a somewhat lighter than normal session.

At one point we were in hogu (chest armour) and shinpads and practiced a shin kick then grab. Apparently this is also in judo – I was with an ex judo practitioner and he could kick my shin, grab outside of arm, hold and then do a throw (he didn’t do full throw – just partial takedown). I couldn’t quite replicate it due to lack of time but he had a much better understanding of balance & timing. A variation for taekwondo after the outside arm grab is follow up elbow strike or possibly chest/face kick but that’s probably too slow. The judo move was very effective though.

The president of our association was over from Korea so did the grading. I was on the judging table for first time ever (not as judge but as admin assistant really). Gradings are from junior to senior with most junior not requiring a pattern but have to demonstrate a range of blocks, kicks, punches and strikes. Everyone passed today but our president who is very down to earth,  gave them all a short talk about practicing more outside of class amd general discipline. He has trained several Olympic & world champions and he sees things in everyone from how they first come onto the mats until they leave.

One person double graded from white belt to yellow whom I’m thrilled about as he works really hard and has great temperament. His form has really improved in the last month. You particularly notice the difference in grades with side kicks which is one of the most difficult kicks and the strength / positioning changes somewhere further in. 

Although one of our white belts is already doing exceptionally good round house kicks and one of our yellow belts may make it into either the next British kyorugi or poomsae nationals if he carries on as he is. Possibly others too but his rate of improvement is more rapid.

I’ve made notes of the sequences so that I could run the grading next time if needed. Master Worsfold continues to do a phenomenonal job in spite of all the different Parkinson’s medications he is on and the effect on his brain – demonstrates excellent technique and notices very specific details in students –  a true inspiration! 

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