Posts Tagged ‘Kids Martial Arts’

Competition from Feb 28th 2015

March 2nd, 2015 Comments off

After a long afternoon I am very proud of my 3 students who took part in the comp today. Two are my own and one I’ve known since the day she was born and all have done TKD since 4 years old; so it was wonderful to see such determined performances and good courteous behaviour from each of them.

Ethan, in his first competition was amazing. He won silver in tots sparring and bronze in jumping kicks. I’m a very proud Dad.
Edie at green belt performed the best patterns and sparring she’s ever done. A bronze in patterns only being defeated by the winner (IMO she actually won this contest with much better technique but was judged otherwise). She won 3 bouts of sparring to come 4th and sparred the best she ever has done.
I’m a very proud Dad.

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TKD Impact League 2014

March 10th, 2014 Comments off

Another awesome day had by Banstead TKD students.

The 2014 TKD Impact Competition League kicked off with the Under 13’s Yellows and Greens tournament held at the Impact Academy in Croydon on Saturday March 1st.

Out of all the possible Juniors who are members at Banstead TaeKwon-Do we had 8 brave competitors who decided it was a good idea to put their skills to the test against other TKD schools. And that is half the battle, just entering – well done to all of your for having the initial courage to enter the tournament.

Our 8 warriors on the day were:

  • Edie (yellow)
  • Georgia (Green)
  • James (Yellow)
  • Aidan (Yellow)
  • Darcey (Green)
  • Jono (Green)
  • Josh (Green)
  • Adam (Green)

… and each person has earned the club valuable points in the league standings just by entering, soooooo, the more we enter the more points we get. More on that in a bit.


Usually Banstead do extremely well in the patterns divisions but this time we did not achieve any 1st, 2nd, or 3rd placings. However, we did have a couple of round wins which was good to see and a positive start to the day. I video’d what I could, in between judging and being an official, and I could see that while our patterns had a lot of power and strong commitment there were some movement mistakes that stood out – iron those out and we’ll have winners across the board :)

Simply, from judging perspective if someone makes an actual mistake in a pattern then that gives your opponent more favour.

So, all in all, even though we didn’t get any placings I was very pleased to see the patterns being attacked with lots of good attitude and commitment. All the good things for developing decent power in your movements.


The sparring rounds were great, we had a lot of round wins all gaining more points for the club. It felt as though we were winning every round we went in to. We did lose some however but we came away with some good 1, 2’s and 3’s and lots of 4th placings too. I was especially pleased with peoples commitment to sparring, you all entered your bouts with courtesy and commitment. An excellent showing of the tenets of TKD from Banstead TKD students.

Sparring results:

Edie – 1st place Yellow Belts Tots
Adam – 1st place Green Belts Tall

Special Technique

I missed a lot of the special technique so I have no photos or video but we have some good results. It is not an activity that we practice a lot in class so I am very pleased with people’s performances.

  • Edie 2nd place yellow tots
  • Josh 1st place green medium
  • Darcey 2nd place green high
  • Adam 1st place green tall


The Impact League Points System

Master Nardizzi has worked out a points system that encourages participants on all levels and gives a benefit to the club as a whole enhancing the team feeling.

The club gets points for each of the following:

  • 1 point for entering
  • 1 point for ever round win
  • 1 point for a 3rd place
  • 2 points for a 2nd place
  • 3 points for a win

So, the more rounds you win in a division the more points you get.

After one tournament we are in 3rd place with 50 points, not bad at all from a relatively small club like Banstead.

The Banstead Competitor Table 2014

So, while the 2013 table is still being calculation I can say that the new table looks like this:
(1 for entering, 1 for bronze, 2 for silver, 3 for gold)

  • Adam = 7 points
  • Edie = 6 points
  • Josh = 4 points
  • Darcey = 3 points
  •  Georgia, James, Aidan, Jono all on 1 point

Well done guys.


I would like to say how proud I felt on that day, and after, for the way that all Banstead TKD students performed and behaved on the day. Well done to all competitors, way to REPRESENT!


James Davis
IV Degree

Competition: TKD Impact Colourbelt Championships

September 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Extremely well done to Aaron, Rod, Luke, Liam, Harry, Adam, Jacob and Josh who all entered the TaeKwon-Do Impact Colourbelt Championships 2013 and made the early morning trip down to Brighton to test their skills against some unsuspecting TKD students.

It’s always good when people want to enter a tournament because I am very happy with the overall standard of the TKD at Banstead and it’s rewarding to see people’s hard work recognised with high placings or even Gold, Silver and Bronze hardware.

We had some excellent results from this competition and here they are:

  • Adam – Gold Special Technique
  • Adam – Bronze Sparring
  • Liam – Bronze Patterns
  • Liam – Gold Sparring
  • Harry – Silver Sparring
  • Luke – Gold Patterns
  • Rod – Silver Patterns
  • Aaron – Bronze Patterns
  • Luke – Bronze Sparring
  • Rod – Silver Sparring

That’s 10 medals: 3 Golds, 3 Silvers, 4 Bronzes

That all goes towards the Medal Tally for the year for you, remember: 1 Point for entering, 1 point for bronze, 2 points for silver and 3 points for gold. Off the top of my head that makes Adam at the top of the competition leader board with 12 points I think.

Well done to everyone that took part, you’re all excellent examples of Banstead TaeKwon-Do.

Here’s a video from Josey:

Here’s Rod sparring:

And some photos from the day:


TKD Easter Camp 2013 Report

September 23rd, 2013 Comments off

I am playing catch up with updating the web site, I’ll do it regularly from now on – probably. The next few are quick posts.

Well done to everyone that took part in Master R. Dennis’ Easter Camp back in Easter 2013. I know that Banstead Students did very well indeed and represented the club showing the Tenets of TaeKwon-Do – well done!

I know there were various medals, trophies and awards gained by Banstead Students and I’d just like to say congratulations to all of you.

Here are some photos of the event:

Well done to everyone who took part.


Easter Camp 2013 with Master Dennis

February 18th, 2013 Comments off

When: April 3rd – 5th 2013

What: TaeKwon-Do Easter Camp with Master Dennis VII

Where: Tadworth Primary School

Every year Master Dennis runs a very successful boot camp for Junior TaeKwon-Do students and this year promises to be excellent. if you’re children are around for the 3 days in April then get them along to this boot camp from 10 am to 3:30pm.

Master Dennis covers all aspects of TaeKwon-Do but also plenty of teams games, bouncy castle and practice for a demonstration at the end of the 3 days.

Spaces are limited and it’s a First come, First served basis.

Download the Application form now and hand it back to me asap:

=> TKD easter camp 2013 letter

James Davis

Priory School Xmas Fayre Demo

February 15th, 2013 Comments off

I know this post is way late, way behind time, but here’s just a little note about the demonstration we performed at the Priory School Christmas Fayre in 2012

December 2nd, I think, and a large number of Banstead TKD students attended our annual demonstration at the Priory School Christmas Fayre. This year we’d had plenty of notice and so we had prepare a decent show covering many aspects of ITF TaeKwon-Do through all age groups and I am so pleased that so many people attended and that we received such a big applause at the end.

We started of with a team pattern, Yul-Gok, with various split timings and then showed off the Tiny TKD’ers who performed so very well with pad work turning kicks, blocking, traditional moves and then showing their agility skills too.

We then showed then next age group, Junior TKD, where step sparring, sport sparring, and patterns were performed very well. Moving up to the seniors with similar examples of TaeKwon-Do finishing with a traditional pre-arranged sparring set by Mr Davis and Matt Thomas which went down pretty well (despite some mistakes by me – don’t tell anyone).

nb: fair play to Matt for doing this with damaged ribs.

I will put up some video and photos, if anyone who was there has some media of the day please pass it on to me and I will include it in the site.

THANK YOU to all people who took part and for all parents who took the time out of their day to support the event. The club has a good name and long may it continue.

James Davis


Welcome Back – First Classes of 2013

January 3rd, 2013 Comments off

BOOM – IT’S HERE, 2013

Ethan as a sparring pirate transformer

Just a quick note to say Thank You to all students who attended the first classes of 2013 on Wednesday 2nd January. Well done for making the effort to get down to training and judging by your smiling faces you all had a great time, perhaps brought on by my opening words of encouragement for the new year. I shall summarise them for you here:

Happy New Year and Welcome back to Banstead TaeKwon-do Martial Arts and Self Defence. I hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoyed our small but rare break from classes. This year, 2013, from Banstead TaeKwon-Do students I would like to see:

  • A home grown Blackbelt
  • Some more Red belts
  • more blues
  • more greens
  • more yellows
  • :)
More importantly I think it would be wonderful if you all reached excellent standards in your TaeKwon-Do and don’t chase a new belt, if you’d like recognition for all your hard training then you could enter a competition or two. We tend to have excellent competition results so I am sure you’d do well.
During this year I would like for us to become:
  • Healthier = less time away from training with colds, aches and pains = more chance for positive progression
  • Stronger = more resilient = less chance of becoming injured = more chance for positive progression
  • Improved fitness conditioning, improved flexibility and mobility
  • Improved commitment to training
  • Know all of your techniques up to your level, understand them and be able to use them in sparring, step sparring or self defence
  • Step out of your comfort zone, try harder, reach for new heights and you’ll progress faster than you thought possible

Ethan reaching new heights and new confidence

Goodbye 2012 and Thank You All

As a parting note to 2012 I would like to thank you all for your continued support of the classes which have grown really well over the three years we’ve been training, it means a lot to me as an instructor to have such hard working and dedicated students and parents of students. Thanks to all the parents of the Tiny TKD’ers and Junior TKD students for turning out pretty much every single week through pretty much all but the harshest weather (most of you even there during the snow earlier in the year).

A big THANK YOU to Matt & Katie for helping with the Tiny TKD and Junior TKD classes throughout the whole year and before. Thanks to little Sam for being a dedicated helper for the Tiny TKD class all year and thanks to Aaron for becoming a helper with the junior classes too.

Bring on 2013 – You can all do it!

Banstead TaeKwon-Do Enters Year 4

October 9th, 2012 Comments off

September 2nd 2009: the first Wednesday of the month was the first session of Banstead TaeKwon-Do, I was a 3rd Degree Blackbelt at the time and had worked hard to set up a TaeKwon-Do school. I started as I meant to go on:

6pm Tiny TKD’ers

6:30pm Juniors TaeKwon-Do

7:30pm Seniors TaeKwon-D0

Here is a photo after the first session:

ABOVE: ‘Some’ familiar faces, some support from friends and existing TKD students

ABOVE: Edie (my daughter) on 02/09/09 giving me ideas for the Tiny’s Class

Since that day Banstead TaeKwon-Do has grown strong, there are good numbers in classes across 3 days a week, the standard is high and we have had competition success in adults and juniors.

Well done to all students who have stuck with TaeKwon-Do, you’ve had ups, downs, maybe a few bruises, sore muscles and new friends.

Here’s to our 4th year – to be part of it contact now on

Report: TKD Grading results from August 12th

August 14th, 2012 Comments off

August 12th was a grading mainly for Green tags and higher, we had 15 grading on the day and well done to all attendees because it was rather sunny and warm outside and you gave that up to be inside. :)

Master Dennis was the examiner again, with myself on the table and Mr Potter giving clear commands.  The general standard of the grading was good, again, and I am pleased with the general progression of all students. I will add that there is still much room for improvement from everybody so please consider what you need to improve upon and ask me for help as to how to do it.


Alex – passed to 9th Kup, Yellow Tags

Josh – passed to 9th Kup, Yellow Tags

Emily (Juniors) – passed to 8th Kup, Yellow Belt

Mia (Juniors) – passed to 7th Kup, Green Tags

Sabrina (Juniors)  – passed to 6th Kup, Green Belt

Ricardo – passed to 6th Kup, Green Belt

Bruno – passed to 6th Kup, Green Belt

Nigel – passed to 6th Kup, Green Belt

Emma – passed to 6th Kup, Green Belt

Aaron – passed to 5th Kup, Blue Tags

Joe (Juniors) – passed to 5th Kup, Blue Tags

Andy – passed to 4th Kup, Blue Belt

Lucy – passed to 4th Kup, Blue Belt

Katie – passed to 4th Kup, Blue Belt

Kate (Juniors) – passed to 4th Kup, Blue Belt

In Summary

I am generally very pleased with the progress, all I will add is: to make further gains you’ll need to start training a little bit by yourselves, I can help you how to train but you need to do the training. Choose something that you think needs improving…

  1. Strength
  2. Fitness
  3. Mobility
  4. Flexibility
  5. Kicking skills
  6. Technical skills
  7. the list goes on
… ask me for help and then get started on the training.
The Joy Is In The Journey, as they say.
James Davis



Events: two demos 23rd June and 7th July

June 12th, 2012 Comments off

So, team: we have two demonstrations to do in the coming weeks. They are only 15 minutes long each so people will be performing for a few minutes each to give all attendees the chance to show off their skills. I would like representations from all age groups. The details of the demonstrations are:

Warren Mead School Summer Fayre

  • When: Saturday June 23rd, 3pm
  • What: Demonstration for all age groups
  • Who: I would like TKD’ers from all age groups please, but I do want definite attendees
  • Why: Because it’s fun

Priory School Summer Fayre

  • When: Saturday July 7th, 2:30pm
  • What: Demonstration for all age groups
  • Who: I would like TKD’ers from all age groups please, but I do want definite attendees
  • Why: Because it’s fun :)


We tend to have fun at these demonstrations it gives you students the chance to show off and it gives the younger students and parents the chance to see what TaeKwon-Do is like when you get to the adult stages.

I hope to be able to demonstrate most of the aspects of TaeKwon-Do going up the ages like this:

Tiny TKD’ers:

  • Simple punch and kick
  • Jumping and hoping
  • Four Direction Punch from the most senior 4 Tiny TKD’ers
  • A simple self defence example

Junior TKD

  • A couple of Junior Patterns depending on attendees
  • 3 Step Sparring
  • Free Sparring Drills
  • Self defence example

Senior TKD

  • Line kicking
  • Patterns
  • Jumping Kicks (Aaron!)
  • Free Sparring
  • Self Defence Example
  • Power Breaking (Matt!)

Sounds like a lot but I am sure we can do it.

Please contact me as soon as possible with confirmed interest in attending, it’ll be good for everyone.