Club News

The October calendar is available and can be viewed by clicking the link at left. Each month's calendar indicates the focus for each week, as well as closures for holidays, tournaments and promotion tests.
Please check the link on the 'classes' tab for the NEW schedule.

Readers' Choice Awards

It's that time of year again! Voting is now open online for the the Cambridge Times Readers' Choice Awards. You will need an account to vote and can vote once for each entry you choose. You can sign in multiple times to vote in other categories and can vote for more than one in each category. The link for registering an account is here:
www.cambridgetimes.ca/readerschoice
Thank you to those who have already voted for us, and to those who haven't voted yet, but will!

CoViD-19 updates

With schools opening again in the last few weeks, we have seen more students returning to Taekwondo and have gained a few new students as well. So far we have had no problem maintaining physical distance and haven't had to turn anyone away. If class sizes start to exceed 10 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.

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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!