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 Aglers for 2 minutes, press-ups etc. Dozens of videos were sent to GM Mark every week and a winner declared on the Sunday. On Facebook, Daley Richardson, coach of a very promising young team, started teaching live fitness and kicking classes on a daily basis from day one, sessions which are also proving very successful.
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 and his dynamic son Daley. Gamsa Hamnida and respect to them both 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!
Manchester Sport Taekwondo has been hosting this prestigious tournament for 31 consecutive years and has grown larger and more successful with more than 600 participants from 11 countries.
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.
Early February 2018, a very big contingent from the whole of Manchester Taekwondo Schools flew to Milan for the first ever Song Moo Kwan European Championships, held in Busto Arsizio. Everyone did very well and came back with medals, resulting in the club winning the 1st team trophy not once but twice, for both Poomsae and Kyorugi events. Well done everyone, great result!
Only 10 weeks away and we will be hosting our Spring event of the year on the 29th and 30th April 2017.
Please click on the link here TKD April 2017 for more information.
In a few days, we will be leaving to compete in the Jordan International Tae Kwondo competition in Barcelona.
Last year there were 5 people from the club, Coach Sir, P Mattis (Team Mgr), Competitors: Daley Richardson (Bronze, +80kg), Adam Mattis (Gold, -80kg) and Tom Gore (Qtr-Finals, -56kg).
This year a team of over 15 people will be going. It is going to be a very exciting competition and we wish everyone the best of luck.
l to r: Masters Brian Kerr, Andrew Campbell, Jonathon McDade. Daley Richardson, Mark Richardson
Manchester Sport TKD team photo
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