131 Sheldon Drive, Unit 5, Cambridge, ON, N1R 6S2|
Tel: (519) 242-7610 Fax: (519) 622-7033
The September calendar is available and can be viewed by clicking the link at left. Each month's calendar indicates closures for holidays, tournaments and promotion tests.
Please check the link on the 'classes' tab for the NEW schedule.
With schools opening again in the next few weeks, we expect to see more students returning to Taekwondo. So far we have had no problem maintaining physical distance and haven't had to turn anyone away. If class sizes start to exceed 12 with any regularity, we will revise our schedule to add an intermediate class and thus avoid overcrowding.
With the slightly cooler weather and earlier sunsets, we've moved inside for most evening classes but still keep the front and back doors open for lots of fresh air. Masks are required when arriving and leaving, but students are often able to do class without one, which makes everyone happy.
*     *     *
We were planning to stay open for the week of March break, but quickly changed our minds, and were closed from March 17 to June 22. Now, however, since Ontario entered Phase 2 of reopening and we are able to gather in groups of up to 10 people, we are OPEN again for Taekwondo classes. All students are encouraged to wear masks or face shields for indoor activities, but for now we will be doing as much as possible outside where we can run and yell (a bit) while maintaining physical distance.
To all our students, instructors, friends and family, we wish you a happy Summer and hope to see you all again in the not-too-distant future.
Thirteen students advanced to new belts on Saturday, February 29. Congratulations to you all!
Congratulations to Natalie and Jessica on testing for their third black belt on February 1! It was a small grading, but they worked very hard to be ready and the effort paid off. Their patterns were precise, their self-defense was impressive, their sparring was energetic and their board-breaking was dramatic. Well done, ladies, on achieving third poom for Natalie and third dan for Jessica!
Many thanks to those who helped with the grading: Master Nutbeam, Master Dana, Master Rikki, Liam, Jakob and Keith.
January was quite busy, and we the first of the 2020 tournaments under our belts.
A former student who is now attending and competing for the Royal Military College in Kingston was at Canadian National TKD Championships in Laval, Quebec and did us proud. Hannah Lee placed fifth in the U30 Female Individual Poomsae division, with a strong performance against some very tough competitors. She then teamed up with the first and fourth place finishers to place FIRST in U30 Female Team Poomsae division. The next stop for this team is World Poomsae Championships in Denmark in mid-May.
On January 25, Master Nutbeam and I officiated at the KPNP Open tournament in Markham. We had one competitor in the 13-14 male blue belt division. Congratulations to Matt K. for an excellent sparring performance, coming back in the second round of his final match to win by 1 point! Thanks to Master Nutbeam for coaching Matt to his win!
We had a relatively quiet month in December, and were closed for the holidays from December 22 to January 1, 2020. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, and a healthy and prosperous New Year!
On November 30 we had a smallish belt promotion test which saw the following students advance to new belts:
We were closed for the Thanksgiving weekend, and students are now back to wearing full uniforms for classes. We were also closed for Halloween, as we really didn't think anyone would rather come to class than go Trick-or-Treating!
On September 28 two of our former students (who now compete for the Royal Military College in Kingston) were at the Markham Pan Am Centre. Kara competed in the Jung Ko Classic and placed first in poomsae and second (?) in recreational black belt sparring. Congratulations, Kara!
Hannah competed in the second Taekwondo Ontario Team Selection event, which was held concurrently. She also did very well, placing fourth in her U30 individual recognized poomsae event and third in U30 pairs with team-mate Samuel Xiao. Well done, Hannah!
Ten students tested successfully for new belts on September 21.
We are on our Summer Schedule, with morning classes Tuesday and Thursday and only one Junior and one Teen/Adult class each weekday evening. Saturday morning classes are at 10 and 11, but cancelled on holiday weekends.
On Saturday, July 13 we had black belt testing, with four new first pooms or dans and one first advancing to second poom. Thanks to all the parents for your support through the years, and to the instructors and assistants who helped before and during the test!
On June 22 we had eight students test successfully for new belts.
It's T-shirt time again! With the warmer weather here, plain or club T-shirts can be worn to class, and many students are already doing so. Our new black club T-shirts are also available to purchase and wear.
Master Rikki taught on May 4 when Master Sadowsky and Salome were officiating at Son's 2019 championship TKD tournament, and we were closed Saturday through Monday of the Victoria Day weekend.
Congratulations to all the Canadian athletes who competed at the 2019 World Taekwondo Championships in Manchester, UK. Canada's best result was obtained by Skylar Park of Manitoba with bronze, losing in the semi-final to the world champion, Jade Jones of Great Britain.
Ashley Kraayeveld of Ontario placed 5th, Yvette Yong 5th, Melissa Pagnotta 9th, Yohan Chang 9th, Jordan Stewart 9th, and Marc-andre Bergeron of Quebec 9th.
Congratulations to all who tested for new belts on April 27! It was a busy day, with five of the nine morning students testing for their first belt and three of the four in the afternoon reaching the milestone of club black belt. Next stop for them, Kukkiwon testing!
We were closed on March 23 because Masters Nutbeam and Sadowsky were refereeing at the TriStar TKD Championship in Oakville. The weather co-operated and we had no snow days or other closures.