P.U.M.A. Blackbelt Grading held at Winterbourne, Bristol
18th July 2021
A great day for New Century Taekwon-Do and P.U.M.A. Martial Arts with a good friend of mine often referred to as "Mr T." being promoted to MASTER Robert Tettmar 7th Degree.
Despite Covid restrictions he still managed to do an excellent performance for the Grading Panel. "Well done Sir", Top Martial artist, nice person and an inspiration to us all.
He joins Master Gayle 8th Degree and Master Ogborne 7th Degree in PUMA's 20th anniversary year.
Congratulations also go to Miss Bethany Williams and brother Mr Joshua Williams from our Fenton School who were promoted to 2nd Degree Blackbelts. Congratulations are also in order to Miss Sienna Redfern from our Buxton School who was promoted to 1st Degree Blackbelt. Again despite Covid restrictions and a very hot day all three Students managed to perform well. We are proud of you all, taking a Blackbelt grading is not an easy task anytime but to keep the neccessary training up during the past 16 (Covid) months and perform the "best you can be" to the Panel is to be commended.
At this grading I was also very proud to have one of my students (Miss Stacey Weatherer 5th Degree) take a place on the P.U.M.A. Blackbelt Grading Panel. Miss Emma Deakin 5th Degree (our other area grading Exanimer) also attended and formed part of the Grading organising team. Also melting in the carpark (due to Covid retrictions) supporting our students were Instructors Mr Sam Finch 4th Degree, Mr Anthony Knight 3rd Degree and Mrs Louise Knight 2nd degree.
New Century Taekwon-Do (Leek) Student of the year 2019
Sorry for the delay with this picture/article (Covid-19 got in the way) but better late than never. Normally this honour goes to one student with the odd occasion where it has been shared by two but never has it been awarded to three. Looking back now it seems a coincidence I chose three because 2019 was actually Leek Taekwon-Do 30th year. This award is given to a student/students who during the year have displayed many if not all of the Tenets of Taekwon-Do (Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control,Indomitable Spirit). In 2019 it was impossible to select one student from its 80 members so three who equally deserved the honour shared the award. All received trophies and now have their names recorded on the Leek shield which shows all previous winners since 1989. Well done, good luck on your Taekwon-Do journey.
Dennis Salt 6th Degree (New Century Taekwon-Do Senior Instructor).
Names withheld (P.U.M.A. Child Safeguarding Policy)
2020 - A year to remember.
Last year was a difficult one for everyone including Taekwon-Do. Through all the lock-downs and restrictions our Instructors did a great job in motivating us all. With a mixture of indoor/outdoor/online training and grading we still managed to have nine students achieve Blackbelt levels, eight 1st Degree's and one 3rd Degree. They definitely demonstrated the five tenets of Taekwon-Do (Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self control, Indomitable Spirit) in achieving their goals. Normally there are two Blackbelt gradings followed by Presentation Evenings but P.U.M.A. only managed to squeeze in one grading with no Presentation Evening. P.U.M.A. was formed in the year 2000 and had many events planned to celebrate their 20th anniversary including a trip to South Korea but unfortunately none was possible. Due to Covid there was a delay in the production/supply of P.U.M.A. Blackbelts but all is good now and our students proudly display them. Congratulations again for their achievements under such difficult circumstances.
Fenton School Instructor Mr Anthony Knight with his new 3rd Degree Blackbelt
|New 1st Degree Blackbelt from our Leek School||New 1st Degree Blackbelt from our Biddulph School|
|New 1st Degree Blackbelt from our Stone School||New 1st Degree Blackbelt from our Chell School|
|New 1st Degree Blackbelt from our Chesterfield School||New 1st Degree Blackbelt from our Chesterfield School|
|New 1st Degree Blackbelt from our Cheadle School||New 1st Degree Blackbelt from our South Normanton School|
We also have good news with students from Stone and South Normanton passing Jang Bong (Bo staff) level 1 and 2 gradings.
Credit in Jang Bong for Brian from our Stone School
Proud students displaying their Jang Bong certificates from our South Normanton School
Zoom Line-Work starting Sunday 21st February 2021
Technical Seminars on Zoom
On Sunday 7th February Mr & Mrs Swain will be holding a series of technical seminars on Zoom for all
PUMA TKD members.
- 1000-1045: 10th kup to 7th kup syllabus (Session A)
- 1100-1145: 6th kup to 4th kup syllabus (Session B)
- 1200-1245: 3rd kup to 1st kup syllabus (Session C)
- 1400-1445: 1st degree patterns (Session D)
- 1500-1600: 2nd degree and above patterns (Session E)
The 15 minutes between seminars allows time for questions, Zoom admin and comfort breaks.
For full details and to check availability please contact your Instructor.