Club News

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Please check the link on the 'classes' tab for the NEW schedule.

CoViD-19 update

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.

Belt Promotions

Thirteen students advanced to new belts on Saturday, February 29. Congratulations to you all!

    In the morning the following five earned their new belts:
    Hanora - 9th gup / yellow stripe
    Liam - 9th gup / yellow stripe
    Owen L - 9th gup / yellow stripe
    Juna - 8th gup / yellow belt
    Cici - 8th gup / yellow belt

    and in the afternoon, we had these eight testing for advanced belts:
    Rubin - 4th gup / blue belt
    Elana - 4th gup / blue belt
    Kyle - 2nd gup / red belt
    Isaac - 2nd gup / red belt
    Keiran - 2nd gup / red belt
    Hazel - 2nd gup / red belt
    Matt K - 2nd gup / red belt
    Dila - Dan Bo / club black

    Other than a couple of stubborn boards and a twisted ankle, everything went well. We're very proud of them!

    Special thanks to those who helped with self-defense, breaking and marking: Master Nutbeam, Lucas, Natalie, Liam, Jakob, Keith, Gulay and Gabriel.


Black belt grading

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 events

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!

December events

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!

November events

On November 30 we had a smallish belt promotion test which saw the following students advance to new belts:

    Eric - 7th gup / green stripe
    Xzavier - 7th gup / green stripe
    Dominik - 7th gup / green stripe
    Leandro - 6th gup / green belt
    Gabriel - 1st gup / black stripe

    Good job, everyone, your new belts are well-deserved!

October events

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!

Tournaments

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!

Belt Promotion Testing

Ten students tested successfully for new belts on September 21.

    Congratulations to:
    Juna - 9th gup / yellow stripe
    Aleena - 8th gup / yellow belt
    Fatima - 8th gup / yellow belt
    Sharjeel - 8th gup / yellow belt
    Yazmeen - 7th gup / green stripe
    Mekaeel - 4th gup / blue belt
    Kyle - 3rd gup / red stripe
    Matt S - 3rd gup / red stripe
    Matt B - 2nd gup / red belt
    Nick - Dan Bo / club black

    It was a good day, and everyone did well. We're very proud of them!


July events

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!

    Congratulations to the following students:
    Gulay - first poom
    Keith - first poom
    Lucas - first dan
    Cam - first dan
    Liam - second poom

    Everything went well, with only minor moments of forgetfulness. We were well entertained, and they did themselves proud!

Belt Promotion Testing

On June 22 we had eight students test successfully for new belts.

    Congratulations to:
    Owen - 8th gup / yellow belt
    Izabela - 8th gup / yellow belt
    Ysabela - 7th gup / green stripe
    Andreea - 7th gup / green stripe
    Isaac - 3rd gup / red stripe
    Hazel - 3rd gup / red stripe
    Matt K - 3rd gup / red stripe
    Gulay - Dan Bo / club black

    It was a good test, and everyone worked hard to be prepared and put on their best show. Well done!


May Events

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.

Tournament Results

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.

Belt promotion testing

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!

    Congratulations to the following students:
    Aleena - 9th gup / yellow stripe
    Fatima - 9th gup / yellow stripe
    Owen - 9th gup / yellow stripe
    John - 9th gup / yellow stripe
    Luka - 9th gup / yellow stripe
    Eric - 8th gup / yellow belt
    Eva - 7th gup / green stripe
    Rubin - 5th gup / blue stripe
    Elana - 5th gup / blue stripe
    Gabriel - 2nd gup / red belt
    Keith - Dan Bo / club black
    Lucas - Dan Bo / club black
    Cameron - Dan Bo / club black

    It was a good day, with everyone doing very well. The advanced self-defense is getting very creative, and we were often impressed and entertained well.
    Special thanks go to those who helped with marking, holding wood, self-defense, and sparring: Master Rikki, Natalie, Liam, Jakob, Wesley. We couldn't have done it without you!


March events

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.