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WKU GERMAN OPEN 2015

Members of Master Wolf's Taekwon-Do Academies recently traveled to Germany as part of the England Kickboxing Team. Below is the report from www.wkuengland.co.uk

Report by Jackie Holohan

The German open, June 2015. At 7am on 19th, Master Wolf, Brenda, Lucy, Raeya, family and camera man Adam set off from Margate with 33 competitors belonging to the WKU England Squad. It was a long journey, as more than the required to were fasting but we made it safely to the town of Simmern and sat down to a delicious, needed dinner. It was early to bed as not only did I, I mean we, have to get up to make the most of the energy fuelled buffet breakfast but it was now time to put into practise what we had been preparing for. Competition day. 

If the previous year was anything to go by, Saturday 20th June was going to be another long day. This was my second year and it was very similar to the last as we set up a circular base of bags in Room 2 amongst the gathered sports men, women, boys and girls. The experienced men adopted a comfortable position knowing there was a wait before they stepped into the ring where as the youngsters of the group geared up in anticipation of being first on the mats. As I stood there, proud, amongst my team mates in a hall filled with people ready to get started and speed walking officials, hurrying about making it happen, a sea of white doboks reminded me of our first experience of the confusing but oh so fun martial art that is Kumite. Heathrow World Championships introduced it to us and Germany saw the England Squad take home 3 Golds trophies by Frankie Smith, Ben England and Elliot Allen, 3 silvers from Matthew Lear, George Youseff and myself and 2 bronze from Claire Donnelly and Andy Smith. 

Competition day continued to deliver for England WKU with 12-13's first timer Layla Hanif taking home a silver in Pointsfighting (PF) and a bronze in Light Contact (LC) and Bradley Grant bagging a silver in light contact and winning a trophy for gold in PF which was almost the same size as him. 

With most spread out across two rooms fighting, supporting or preparing, the chaos of the day filled the air but with the experienced guidance and advice from Master Wolf, Lucy, Jamaine and the seniors and support from our comrades all were where they needed to be.  As the hours ticked on most were wondering if we would finish before Master Wolf's cut off time and get back to the hotel to have dinner. Or was that just me. 

Trophies were piling in like food on my plate. The juniors won the following:

Jasmine Grant - gold in LC and silver in PF

Ellie Scott - bronze LC

Lewis Richardson - gold in LC

Aaron Cobley - silver in both LC and PF

Corey Scott - silver LC

MMA Nathan Jones joined us for the first time in Germany entering the K1 ring and walking out with silver. 

Jamaine Hemmings went in on the full contact competition this year and won bronze with special support, I hear, from Corey Scott who was at hand with equipment and words of encouragement.  

The women were lucky enough to start before the men which meant we were in the clear when categories ran over into eating time. Claire Donnelly won silver in LC and bronze in PF. Sinead Harper from the same club took home a bronze in LC and I got myself a silver in PF to ornament my dinner table. 

As my tummy rumbled whilst competitors and judges started to disappear into the night, members of the England Squad stepped in to click off points and get the us closer to that last sand bag throw in. All left were tired but wanted to get on the mats and do what they had travelled all that way to do. 

The men were, once again, last to fight and unlike the speed at which they whizzed through the fun that is Kumite the adults Light Contact and Pointsfighting looked like they were heading well into the night. A tough job but if anyone can it was these guys which was proved when they carried out 5 gold trophies in the Light Contact category. Well the trophies were plastic but the side kicking man on top was coloured first place gold. They were Ben England -65kg, Jamaine Hemmings -70kg, new to the adult game Elliot Allen -75kg, Chris Djaelani -80kg and Nathan Jones -85kg. Andy Smith was also up there with the trophy winners with his bronze in -70kg LC. 

In the last fight of the night, as all gathered round, there was not only a battle for gold but for the minutes to do so. And in a one round two minute Light Contact -85kg final Thomas Raybould won silver and Nathan Jones took gold. Trophies in hand the race for food was on. At last everyone was thinking like me. 

Back at the hotel, after dinner and the team photo, it was time to sit, chill and talk. One of my favourite parts of these completion trips, apart from the food that is. And let me add if you are ever at our hotel in the little town in Simmern you have to try the salmon and pike dish. With vegetables, not noodles. 

It is great to have the opportunity to spend some getting to know more about these guys than their gloves in training. It is amazing to be part of a team who support each other as much as those I have met training under Master Wolf's Academy. From comrades looking out for each other making sure we get to the right ring at the right time to Lucy, Jamaine and seniors coaching ring side giving us experienced advice. And of course Master Wolf's inspirational words, expert knowledge, organisation, dedication, love, care and patience with food requests in the mornings. 

In total the WKU England Squad won 35 trophies. 11 Gold, 14 Silver and 10 Bronze. Well done all who took part. 

We did a lot of bonding into the early hours of the morning last night so this report has been written, with food breaks, on the journey back home. It's was a wonderful weekend at the German Open June 2015. I probably didn't do it justice. 


Results:

Layla Hanif - Cadet -45kg Bronze LC
Jasmin Grant - Junior -50kg Gold LC, Silver PF
Ellie Scott - Junior +60kg Bronze LC

Jackie Holohan - Adult -50kg Bronze LC, Silver Kumite
Claire Donnelly - Adult -50kg Silver LC, Bronze PF, Bronze Kumite
Sinaed Harper - Adult +65kg Bronze LC

Bradley Grant - Cadet -40kg Bronze LC, Gold PF
Lewis Richardson - Junior -50kg Gold LC
Matthew Lear - Junior -55kg Silver Kumite
Aaron Cobley - Junior -60kg Silver LC, Silver PF
Frankie Smith - Junior -70kg Gold Kumite
Corey Scott - Junior +70kg Silver LC

Ben England - Adult -65kg Gold LC, Gold Kumite
Jamaine Hemmings - Adult -70kg Gold LC, Bronze FC
Andy Smith - Adult -70kg Bronze LC, Bronze Kumite
George Youseff - Adult -70kg Bronze Kunite
Elliot Allen - Adult -75kg Gold LC, Silver PF, Gold Kumite
Chris Djaelani - Adult -80kg Gold LC
Tom Raybold - Adult -85kg Silver LC
Nathan Jones - Adult -85kg Gold LC, Silver K1
Wes Lucas - Veteran -80kg Silver Kumite
Dagnis Brerize - Adult novice +80kg Bronze PF

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Black Belt Grading 2015

Congratulations to MWTA members that passed their black belt grading. The grading was taken by Master Wolf 8th Dan.

Promoted to 5th Dan

Richard Belle
Michael Belle
Jamaine Hemmings
 

Promoted to 4th Dan

Charlotte Jones 
 

Promoted to 3rd Dan

Geanina Luca
Deimante Zilionyte


Promoted to 2nd Dan

Adam Sarczynski


Promoted to 1st Dan

Rares Lupu
Victoria Keeble
Eljoh Balajadia
Ryan Williams
Chris Owen
Jack Lettis
Isabella Arezina
Adam Monks
Rokas Zilionis
Annabel Cole
Nicole Follett
Connor Varela
Jonathan Marshall
Paul Birks
Thomas Gutrige

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2014 Unified ITF English Open Championships

On the weekend of the 27th and 28th September, MWTA members traveled to Derby to take part in the Unified ITF English Open Championships.

The MWTA competitors ranged in age from 5 through to the adults and veterans, and from white belt through to 4th degree. All members put in great performance which for most will be the last tournament of the year.

The event was well supported and run with a nice atmosphere.

All members took part in Sparring, Patterns and also Special Technique events, and it was good experience and a great learning curve for all who competed. 

Six of the MWTA competitors came away with 2 individual golds or more – Jamaine Hemmings, Jasmine Grant, Kevin Frith, Jack Lettis, Rokas Zilionis and Jackie Holohan.

Master Wolf was also asked to put together a mens team to compete in special event against Ireland and Scotland. The English team came away with Gold medals after defeating Scotland in the semi final and Ireland in the final. The team consisted of Richard Belle (MWTA), Jamaine Hemmings (MWTA), Phil Whitlock (Whitlock Martial Arts), Jason Carsberg (De Silva TKD), Tom Raybould (MWTA) and Adam James (MWTA).

Many thanks to Master Gary Bradshaw, Mrs Elaine Bradshaw and Miss Kimberley Bradshaw for inviting the members from Master Wolf’s Academies.

Below is a list of our medalist from the event:

Male 18-35yrs Black Belt
Richard Belle - Sparring Bonze, Team Gold
Jamaine Hemmings - Sparring Gold, Pattern Gold, Team Gold
Thomas Raybould - Sparring Gold, Team Gold
Adam James - Sparring Bronze, Pattern Bronze, Team Gold

Female 18-35yrs Black Belt
Charlotte Jones - Pattern Gold
Deimonante Zilionyte - Sparring Bronze, Pattern Bronze

Male 15-17 years Black Belt
Rizwan Rafique - Sparring Silver
Frankie Smith - Sparring Gold, Pattern Silver
Reece Friend - Sparring Bronze
Corey Scott - Patterns Bronze
Harvey Rigden - Sparring Silver
Jake Gutrige - Sparring Silver

Female 15-17yrs Black Belt
Aysel Garip - Patterns Bronze
Rebbecca Setchfield - Sparring Bronze

Male 11-14ys Black Belt
Thomas Setchfield - Sparring Gold

Female 11-14yrs Black Belt
Julia Krupinska - Sparring Gold, Pattern Bronze
Jasmine Grant - Sparring Gold, Pattern Gold, Special Technique Gold

Age 7 & under Colour Belt
Joshua Mather - Sparring Silver
Freddie O’Keeffe - Pattern Gold
Thomas Laskey - Sparring Bronze, Pattern Silver
Sam Ashmead - Sparring Silver

Age 8 - 10yrs Colour Belt
Kian Vickery - Sparring Silver, Pattern Gold
Charley Lettis - Sparring Silver, Pattern Bronze
Sophia Johannson - Sparring Gold, Pattern Gold
Mollie Vickery - Sparring Bonze, Pattern Bronze
Phoebe Mace - Bronze Sparring, Silver Pattern
Filip Sonnenfeld - Sparring Gold
Rares Lupu - Pattern Gold

Age 11-14yrs Colour Belt
Kevin Frith - Sparring Gold, Pattern Gold
Jack Lettis - Sparring Gold, Pattern Gold
Layla Birks - Sparring Silver, Pattern Bronze
Annabel Cole - Sparring Gold, Pattern Silver
Ella Childs - Patterns Gold
Kelly Beaumont - Pattern Silver 

Age 15-17yrs Colour Belt
Thomas Gutrige - Pattern Gold
Emily Birks - Sparring Gold, Pattern Silver

Male 18-35 yrs Colour Belt
Mike Cawood - Sparring Gold, Pattern Bronze
Will Tinsley - Sparring Gold
Rokas Zilionis - Sparring Gold, Pattern Gold

Male 36yrs + Colour Belt
Mike Lasky - Sparring Silver, Pattern Gold
Fred Johannson - Sparring Gold
Paul Birks - Sparring Bronze, Pattern Bronze

Female 18-35yrs Colour Belt
Jackie Holohan - Sparring Gold, Pattern Gold, Breaking Gold
Alice Laverty - Sparring Bronze, Silver Pattern

Female 36yrs + Colour Belt
Joanne Hall - Sparring Gold

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WKU World Championships 2014

Members of Masters Wolf's Taekwon-Do Academies recently traveled to Crete as part of the England Kickboxing Team. Below is the report from www.wkuengland.co.uk

Report by Natasha Birks

The 2014 WKU World Championships were held our nations capital, London. The venue for the Championships was The Radison Blu in Heathrow.

Everyone had trained extremely hard for months on end in preparation of this tournament. I believe it is safe to say that every competitor performed to their highest standards. Not everyone won a medal, but the whole squad were winners for simply taking part in the 'WKU World Championships’.

Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side upon arrival at the venue. The rain fell over the Radisson Blu Edwardian as the England Team made their way to be weighed. With-in minutes people were stripping left and right; strutting their stuff on the weighing scales.

A day of relaxation was booked before the competition. The squad welcomed their day off with a warm embrace - unlike the miserable weather. The opening ceremony in the evening had everyone biting their nails in anticipation for the competition on the following day. 

The tournament took place in the Commonwealth Hall. It was a tight squeeze for the competitors, judges, spectators and all alike. As soon as oneself entered the hall, they were shrouded in screams, chants and an array of world flags.
There were many different branches of WKU through-out the competition. The England Team took part in Kickboxing points and continuous, Kumite, ITF patterns and team events. Well done to every Team England member that took part in the championships, no matter the result, everyone did really well and the team atmosphere and camaraderie was the best its ever been. 

Master Wolf was really proud of the squads performances. All new members of the squad did amazingly well and gained great experience.

On behalf of the squad members we would like to extend our thanks to Master Wolf and his coaching team, for all the organising and preparation in squad sessions which meant everyone was really well prepared and able to put in their best performance.  

The following is a list of acknowledgments and medals won through the entirety of the competition: 

 

Ladies
Jackie Holohan Continuous Gold, Points Silver, Kumite Silver
Joann Rolison Continuous Gold, Points Gold, ITF Patterns Gold, Kumite Gold, Team 2x Gold
Charlotte Jones ITF Pattern Bronze
Victoria Keeble -60kg Points Silver
Kimberly Bradshaw +65kg Continuous Gold ITF Pattern Silver, Kumite Bronze, Team Gold

Mens
Stuart Arroyo -60kg Continuous Gold, Points Bronze, ITF Patterns Silver, Kumite Bronze
Aaron Ewart -60kg Continuous Silver, Kumite Bronze
Giovanni Marchese Continuous Gold, Kumite Gold, Team Gold
Ben England -65kg Continuous Silver, Points Silver, Kumite Bronze, ITF Pattern Gold
Jamaine Hemmings -70kg Continuous Gold, Team Gold
Jaie Lyons -75kg Full Contact Bronze
Daryl Owen -75kg Continuous Bronze, Points Bronze, Kumite Bronze
Chase Morton -75kg Kumite Gold, Full Contact Gold
Chris D’Jaelani -80kg Continuous Gold, Kumite Gold, Team Gold
Dave MacDonald -80kg K-1 Silver, -80kg K-1 Bronze
Rokas Zilionis -80kg Kumite Bronze
Thomas Raybould -85 Kumite Silver
Alex Kennedy -85kg Points Silver, Kumite Bronze, Team Gold
John MacDonald -90kg Continuous Silver, K-1 Silver, Team Gold
Adam James Team Gold
Adnan Rafique +90kg Points Bronze, Kumite Bronze, ITF Pattern Bronze

Female Junior
Nya Morgan -55kg Continuous Bronze, Points Silver
Julia Krupinska ITF Pattern Gold
Aysel Garip -60kg Continuous Silver, ITF Pattern Bronze, Team Gold
Nicole Follett +60kg Continuous Bronze, Team Gold
Katie Gillott ITF Pattern Bronze, Team Gold
Saffron Exton +60kg Continuous Gold, Team Gold

Male Junior
Keiran Hadley -45kg Kumite Silver
Connor Smith -50kg Continuos Bronze, Points Gold, ITF Patterns Bronze
Lewis Richardson -45kg Continuous Silver
Rocco Skert -50kg Continuous Gold
Aaron Cobley -55kg Points Bronze, Kumite Silver
Lone’er Kavannah -55kg Continuous Gold, Team Gold
Elliott Allen
-65kg Continuous Gold, Points Bronze, Kunite Bronze, Team Gold, Team Bronze
Joseph Wheatley ITF Pattern Bronze
Corey Scott -70kg Continuous Silver, ITF Pattern Silver, Team Gold, Team Bronze
Luke Wadsley -70kg Continuous Bronze, Team Gold
Luke Rothery Team Gold
Rizwan Rafique +70kg Points Bronze
Frankie Smith -70kg Kumite Bronze, Continuous Gold, Team Gold

Female Kids
Layla Birks -45kg Continuous Bronze, Points Bronze, Kumite Silver, Team 2x Silver
Natasha Birks -50kg Points Bronze, +50kg  Continuous Silver, Team Silver

Male Kids
Alex Chohan -30kg Continuous Bronze
Brandon Preedy -35kg Continuous Bronze, Team Gold
Bradley Grant -35kg Continuous Bronze, Team Gold
Max Whitley -35kg Continuous Gold, ITF Pattern Gold, Team Gold
Billy Scorer -45kg Continuous Silver, Points Silver, Kumite Gold, Team Gold

Mens Veterans
Wes Lucas -80kg Continous Bronze, Points Silver, Open Weight Silver
Darren Lucas +80kg Continuous Bronze

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WKU GERMAN OPEN 2014

Members of Master Wolf's Taekwon-Do Academies recently traveled to Germany as part of the England Kickboxing Team. Below is the report from www.wkuengland.co.uk

Report by Dave Ledley and Lee Ralph

 

It was 6:15am on Friday morning, a sense of anticipation in the air as the WKU national light contact squad gathered wide eyed and ready for battle. (Luckily no one overslept and nearly ruined everything!)

The journey was long but the musical stylings of Mr Lee Ralph and  his tiny guitar kept us well entertained with some very enthusiastic singing from all. 

Upon arrival at the sports centre (number 7 in Adam James' 'Sports halls and hotel event rooms around the world' travel guide) we all gathered in a large England squad-shaped pile of bags and people in the middle of the hall and awaited the start of the competition. 

Because I wasn't volen-told about writing this until after the competition I didn't pay enough attention to remember the order of fights so we'll go up in weights! 

Layla birks won a great cadet bronze in -45kg points, followed by Jasmine Grant getting gold in the -50kg light contact ending her fight with a massive side kick to her opponents throat just to make sure! Aysel Garip shook off a monstrous turning kick to the face to win a bronze in -60kg light contact! 

And to finish off the junior girls medal haul Julia Krupinska won a silver in points and Katie Gillott battled through to a points bronze in +60kg

For the junior boys Bradley Grant put on a very impressive display to get a silver in -35kg light con and a bronze in points thanks to his relentless machine gun-like pump side kick.

Billy Scorer picked up a silver in light contact and Lewis Richardson completed the set with a silver in points both at -45kg

Even though he'd been up all night ill, was sick when he got off the coach at the competition and at the side of the ring mid-fight Connor Smith showed incredible resolve and determination to get both a bronze in points and a silver in light contact at -50kg.

Lone'er Kavannah added a gold to the tally in -55kg light contact - our pile of bags was now becoming littered with trophies looking not unlike the nest of a particularly successful magpie!

Elliot Allen got a silver in light con at -65kg - an impressive achievement you might think, until you learn that at 2 seconds notice he then went on to win gold in the adults light contact -65kg forcing his opponent to throw in the towel!

Luke Wadsley added a light contact bronze to the total in -70kg light contact to finish off the junior boys medal haul!

Kim Bradshaw put everything in, dug deep and came out victorious with a gold in +65 light contact!

Jamaine Hemmings stepped onto the field of battle to kick off the men's categories winning a bronze in -70kg light contact followed by Chris Djaelani steaming through to gold in light contact -75kg.

Dave Ledley tried a new tactic of wearing down his opponent by head butting his fists with his head, although it ultimately ended in a loss he would like to point out that given another 2 minutes he's sure his opponent would have become exhausted and he would have picked up an easy win. He's also sure that his giant opponents fists were probably quite bruised and will be uncomfortable for days. 

Chase Morton stepped up having already fought in the full contact to get both a bronze in the -75kg light con and gold in the -80kg light con!

Chris Leighton put on a great show to make it through to the final of the +90kg light contact where he met Adam James who had just seen off his opponent in the semis with a great display of determination and power. Adam and Chris slugged it out in the final like a couple of silverbacks fighting over territory, Adam eventually emerged the winner, getting gold in +90kg light contact and Chris getting a close silver.

Lee Ralph took home a bronze in the veterans -80kg light contact in his first international competition with Wes Lucas picking up the bronze in points.

Steve Gunn kicked off his first international competition with a bronze in points at -70kg exec vets and a gold in light contact after scaring off his opponents before they'd even stepped into the ring! 

Steve Morgan broke his foot in the first round of the -80kg exec vets light contact but still managed not only to continue fighting, but to win gold - before heading straight off to win silver in points! Have a sit down Steve! 

Adam Smith made a surprise return to competition scoring a well earned two points in his +80kg veterans points fight - welcome back!

 

All told the final medal count was:

Gold, 9 

Silver, 9

Bronze, 11

 

It was a very long day and everyone did a brilliant job representing their country and should all be very proud of what they've achieved! Lessons will have been learned and there's a lot to work on now before the Worlds in London at the end of August!

 

 

Results

 

Layla Birks Cadet -45kg Bronze PF

Jasmin Grant Junior -50kg Gold LC

Aysel Garip Junior -60kg Bronze LC

Julia Krupinska Junior +60kg Silver PF

Katie Gillott Junior +60kg Bronze PF

 

Bradley Grant Cadet -35kg Bronze PF Silver LC

Billy Scorer Cadet -45kg Silver LC

Lewis Richardson Junior -45kg Silver PF Silver LC

Connor Smith Junior -50kg Bronze PF Silver LC

Lone’er Kavannah Junior -55kg Gold LC

Elliot Allen Junior -65kg Silver LC Adult -65kg Gold LC

Luke Wadsley Junior -70kg Bronze LC

 

Kimberly Bradshaw Adult +65kg Gold LC

 

Jamaine Hemmings Adult -70kg Bronze LC

Chris Djaelani Adult -75kg Gold LC

Chase Morton Adult -75kg Bronze LC -80kg Gold LC

Adam James Adult +90kg Gold LC

Chris Leighton Adult +90kg Silver LC

 

Lee Ralph Vet -80kg Bronze LC

Wes Lucas Vet -80kg Bronze PF

Steve Gunn Ex Vet -70kg Gold PF Bronze LC

Steve Morgan Ex Vet -80kg Gold LC Silver PF

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