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WKU German Open 2013

Members of Masters 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 Tom Raybould, 1st degree

On Friday morning, 14thJune 2013, eighteen competitors boarded a bus bound for foreign soil to compete in the WKU German Open Championships.  Headed by Coach, Master Wolf 8thdegree, the squad were in great hands.

The English squad comprised novices, ready to test their mettle for the first time in international competition, with more experienced heads, who continue push the boundaries and build experience for the forthcoming World Championships in Crete; along with more seasoned competitors, including current World Champions. After a long day of traveling the squad reaching their destination safe and sound on the Friday night. Spirits were good and the feeling in the camp was relaxed and pleasant. Once at the hotel there was the small matter of the (mostly successful) weigh in before everyone could settle down and rest for the day ahead.

Arriving at the tournament on Saturday morning was chaos as a thousand competitors rush hither and thither to rings, to weigh-ins and seemingly just for the sake of it. Amidst the hurley burley of all the various events the squad prepared for light contact and point-fighting competitions ... and waiting, there would be a lot of waiting throughout the day.

In the point fighting, Steve Morgan was unlucky to settle for silver against Ireland in the veteran’s -75kg while the rest of the squad fought with varying levels of success and although coming close were unable to claim any more trophies.

For a squad more at home in the light contact division results were very different. The new fighters at their first international tournament acquitted themselves admirably. In the juniors Aysel Garyp fought with determination going the distance in her first fight but unable to clinch the victory. Nicole Follett was clinical in her first fight putting on a fine display. The following match was against the eventual winner, was a real battle that took great spirit but proved a step too far. Corey Scott faced adversity and discovered the harsh reality of fighting in the heavyweight division in the form of his gigantic opponent.  Zak Cohen acquitted himself extremely well at his, his first international tournament and was an extremely important learning curve.  Harvey Rigden showed amazing potential and is definitely one to watch out for!

Rizwan Rafique rose to the occasion, lifting his game and giving a glimpse of what he is capable of.

The most experienced junior Frankie Smith claimed a bronze.  Frankie pulled of two of the most amazing techniques of the day!  In the point fighting he scored a 3 pointer with an amazing jump reverse turning kick, and in the final seconds of his continuous bout he scored with a 360-degree back kick, reaching about 5 foot off of the ground!

Charlotte Jones started well winning her first fight but was unable to find her form in the second fight.

Having missed his veteran -75kg category Steve Morgan elected to compete at a heavier category. While acquitting himself well he finally succumbed to the weight disadvantage.

In the seniors Michael Cawood went to Germany with just one year of training under his belt and drew praise from his contemporaries for his battling performance.

Ben England and Jamaine Hemmings fought well in the men’s -70kg with Michael Cawood. Mr England going on to claim silver in the final against German opposition. Chris Djaelani dominated the -75kg division claiming gold with a perfect performance. Tom Smith and Tom Raybould fought the -85kg category in a roped ring. Although Mr Raybould was unable to set up a repeat of the MWTA British Final, losing in the semi’s, Tom Smith was imperious throughout on his seemingly inevitable march to the gold.

The tournament continued long into the night. As the hall emptied and the organizers started to dismantle rings and clear the tournament away Adnan Rafique and Adam James the final representatives of the squad fought in the +90kg category. Mr Rafique unrecognizable from the performance at Orlando was cool as a cucumber in his first fight even relaxing enough for a little showboating. The semi-final could have gone either way but the judge’s decision went against him. Adnan making amends in the fight off for bronze.

Adam James claimed the award for fighter of the day in a series of fights that will undoubtedly (probably won’t) become known as the “dust up in Deutschland”. After a heavy contact first fight and an out of rhythm second fight he reached the final to face the German who dispatched Mr Rafique in the previous round. After what was described, as the fight of his life Mr James was unfortunate the decision went against him but he came away with the silver.

It was 10:30, the squad had been competing for over 12 hours.  The day was done for a squad that can be rightly proud of all their achievements. It would be difficult to look at this squad and not see some growth or development of each fighter. Some of life’s most valuable lessons are learned through blood, sweat and tears and it is nice when those lessons come with a little silverware to sweeten the deal.

Thanks to Master Wolf for organizing the trip and we look forward to seeing everyone’s progression in the up coming World Championships. 

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2013 Master Wolf’s British Championships

 

Master Wolf's Taekwon-Do Academies (MWTA) proudly presented the MWTA British Championships, which was held on Saturday the 4th of May, at the Winter Gardens, in Margate.

The main hall at the Winter Gardens was presented extremely well and looked very professional with 7-matted areas.  The running of the tournament was second to none, with plenty of umpires and referees working throughout the day, Master Wolf and the Wolf Academy Instructors ran a very efficient and enjoyable days event.

The tournament included both pattern and sparring categories, and was open to colour belt and black belt competitors, both junior and senior.  The sparring categories ranged from novice sections through to the black belt sections, which showcased very experienced black belts, including many Taekwon-Do and Kickboxing World Champions.

The competitors included members from other groups around the UK and Europe, and teams traveled from as far as Ireland and Germany to take part.

There were also divisions, which catered for children as young as 4-years old, which starred the MWTA Wolf Cub members.

The Wolf Cubs were inspirational, not only showing outstanding discipline and mature sportsmanship, but also great competitive spirit.

The Wolf Cub program starts children from 4-years old.  They displayed amazing talent in their sparring ability, and most shocked of all, were the parents of some of the children who could not believe that their child was capable of such intense focus, as well as mental and physical discipline.

At this tournament were over 20 current World Champions, many of whom are from the local area.

The tournament finales were two amazing Team events, which upstaged even last years!  This featured an even with junior girls Teams, England verses Ireland.  These bouts in the team event were some of the highlights of the day and had the crowds on the edge of their seats!

Also the men’s Team which included many of MWTA’s European and World Champions, was an incredible display of Taekwon-Do skills and with an amazing atmosphere generated by the crowd and the showmanship of the competitors, it was a spectacular event enjoyed by all, especially the competitors!

Within the next few years we hope to build this tournament into a major event that is renowned throughout the UK and Europe, and brings hundreds of competitors to Thanet.

Proceeds from this tournament and any future fundraising is being put towards the ever-increasing costs of sending the MWTA students to International tournaments such as the World Championships later this year. MWTA look to sponsor as many students as possible, availing local people the opportunity to bring more success to the area. 

MWTA would like to thank the following companies who kindly provided donations and sponsorship for this event, Hub Enterprise, Giorgios and Kabuki, Fosters Law, Lansdell Soft Drinks and Bookers Cash and Carry.  Also Thanks to Russell Harper Photography who provided professional photos from the days events. 

Many thanks also to Mr Paul Palmer, the Winter Gardens Manager and his team for their hard work and professionalism.

Master Wolf would like to extend his thanks and gratitude to all of the sponsors and special thanks to all of the people who worked so hard to make this tournament a success.  Well done to all of the students who competed, from the UK and Europe.

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New Academy Opened in Hendon!

MWTA are pleased to announce that Mr Adnan Rafique 2nd Dan, has opened his own academy in Hendon, North London.

 

Mr Rafique began his training under the instruction of Mr Richard Belle, 4th Dan, in 2006 at the Edgware Academy, London. 

 

Mr Rafique said about the new academy: 

 

"I have always been keen to excel in my training and found that Master Wolf's Academies would push me beyond my expectations from the very beginning. I began teaching in early 2008 by assisting in the junior and senior classes and since 2011 began instructing in my own clubs. I'm looking forward to this new chapter in my Taekwon-Do career and know that with the help of Master Wolf, the academy will be succesful."

 

Prospectively, classes will soon open in Harrow and Cricklewood, London, running as an extension of the already successful club in Hendon.

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WAKO British Championships 2013

Saturday, 16th February 2013

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WAKO British Championships 2013

On the 16th February, 6 MWTA members travelled to Birmingham to compete in the WAKO British Championships. 

For MWTA members this tournament has become a regular fixture over the last few years as it always proves to be one of the toughest this country has to offer. 

From the team that competed the biggest performance came from Daryl Owen. After fighting his way through a large division, he won in the final by the smallest of margins, leaving the rest of the team on the edge of their seat. He competed in the Junior -69kg division and is now set to make the move up to the adult division. 

Other medalist were Joann Rolison (Bronze) and Adam Boycott (Bronze). Both were disappointed not to reach the final but they put in good solid performances. 

The next tournament on the MWTA calendar is out very own British Championships on the 4th May, which is held at the Winter Gardens in Margate. Full details are on the events page.

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Sparring Seminar With Master Wolf in Ireland with IUTF Members

Sunday, 10th February 2013

On 10th February 2013, Master Wolf 8th Dan traveled to Ireland to conduct a sparring seminar, which took place at the training centre in Holyhill, Cork.  Master Wolf was invited over, by the Chief Instructor of the IUTF (Irish United Taekwon-Do Federation), Master Don Dalton, 7th Degree.

It was a great weekend, with amazing hospitality shown by the Dalton family, and also the members of the IUTF who took part in the session.


Master Wolf has been producing World Class competitors over the last 35 years and is currently the head coach for the WKU England group.  At the last world championships Master Wolf’s Squad came away with more than 20 World Champions, and over this weekend he was providing some insight in to how that success has been achieved.

Master Wolf was assisted by two of his students, who are also world Champions - Miss Lucy Wolf 6th Dan and Mr Jamaine Hemmings 4th Dan.


The seminar began at 10am with a thorough warm-up taken by Miss Wolf and Mr Hemmings. 

Master Wolf then covered some kicking drills in a sparring format emphasizing the importance of good technique and explaining how each technique could be applied and adapted. 

Participants were also given feedback on their sparring tactics and how they could use various techniques and the to suit their style.


Miss Wolf and Mr Hemmings then covered various counter attacking techniques and ideas, paying particular attention to defending against and getting around side kicks.

Master Wolf then took the class through a pad work routine, and demonstrated how everyone could generate maximum power from their kicks with a few minor adjustments to their technique.


Finally, Miss Wolf took everyone through a hip strength routine and explained how using the routine could benefit everyone’s kicks in terms of improved strength and height, and how they could develop the routine further.


All of the participants worked really well and gave 100% focus through the session and Master Wolf commented on the improvements made with only tiny tweaks. 

At the end of the class there was a group photo, and Master Wolf Presented some awards and certificates for achievements in tournaments.


Once again, many thanks to the IUTF and Master Dalton for hosting this event.  Special thanks to Master Dalton, Mrs Patricia Dalton and their family, for an extremely enjoyable weekend.

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