January Taekwon-Do Grading – 28th Jan 2015

On January 28th Leicester Taekwon-Do had its first Kup grading of the year. 11 people took part in the examination and all performed well.

They were asked to perform the following as part of their grading:-

  1. Patterns up to their grade
  2. Set sparring – 1/2 and 3 step sparing routines.
  3. Free sparring including 2 onto 1
  4. Theory questions linked to their grade
  5. Breaking or power tests against a bag

After the grading had finished the black belts were asked to sum up their thoughts and all agreed that all had performed well and I am pleased to announce the following promotions:-

  • Ethan Chan  to 9th Kup 
  • Iganas Bagdanavicius to 8th Kup
  • Sam Bradsworth to 7th Kup
  • Adil Butt to 6th Kup
  • Suzanne Ralphson to 5th Kup
  • Aman Pancer to 4th Kup
  • Liam Culpin to 4th Kup
  • Mark Button to 3rd Kup

As well as this, I would like to congrats the following people on undertaking their grading too. All 3 of these members have transferred from the TAGB recently and this grading was to confirm their status as 1st Kup

  • Izaak Jankowski – 1st Kup
  • Jakob Jankowski –  1st Kup
  • Janusz Jankowski – 1st Kup

Finally I would like to extend my thanks to the following black belts for support the grading and for helping me make the decisions:-

  • Mr David Martin II Dan
  • Mr Michael Martin I Dan
  • Mr Edan Tyson I Dan

Congratulations to all. I now know that all members of the club are training hard for their next grading!!

Again, well done all.

Grandmaster Nicholls in Bristol 04.10.2014

On Saturday 4th October 7 members of the Leicester Taekwon-Do Academy travelled to Bristol to take part in the bi-annual Grandmaster Nicholls seminar.

We set off at 7am in 2 cars arriving at the venue about 9.30am. The seminar started at 10am with a quick but rigorous warm up from Master Deedigan VII Dan. Grandmaster Nicholls IX Dan then took us through a series of leg rising exercises and talked to us all about the different types of kicks. We looked at the side kick and back kick families, with Grandmaster Nicholls explaining the application of the kicks in detail. Grandmaster Nicholls stressed how the start position was important and how the foot positions could/would change dependent on the type/application of the kick.

The seminar ended at 12am with the customary photograph.

The grading started at 1pm with 2 Leicester Taekwon-Do Academy students lining up going for their 1st degree

The grading ending around 4pm with Master Deedigan VII Dan and Grandmaster Nicholls IX Dan summing up quickly the highlights of the grading.

I would like to thank Miss Burridge for organising the event and for making South Leicester Taekwon-Do so welcome. Master Deedigan and Grandmaster Nicholls for taking time out to share their wealth of experience and knowledge with us and all the other UKITF members who helped make this such a positive experience/event

The members of the Leicester Taekwon-Do Academy who travelled are

  • Nick Overton V Dan
  • David Martin II Dan
  • Micheal Martin I Dan
  • Roger Bradbury I Dan
  • Eden Tyson 1st Kup – Promoting to 1st Degree
  • Richard Winterton 1st Kup – Promoting to 1st Degree
  • Mark Button 4th Kup

January monthly Kup grading at the Leicester Taekwon-Do Academy

January monthly Kup grading

On Thursday 30th January Leicester Taekwon-Do Academy had their first Kup grading. The night started with a vigorous warm up. This was swiftly followed by some basic fundamental moments. The grading then start. First was the patterns. All members perform all their patterns up to their gradings well. Next came the kicking drill. Everyone who was grading was put through their paces and performed at a very high standard. During a standard water break each had a chance to share what they knew in terms of theory. Finally we finished with some sparring.

All tried very hard and should be very proud of themselves.


  • Adil Butt 10th Kup to 9th Kup
  • Aman Panacer 8th Kup to 7th Kup
  • Mark Button 5th Kup to 4th Kup

From all at the Leicester Taekwon-Do Academy – Congratulations and well done.