Over the weekend of the 18th to the 20th of October, Master Oh conducted a seminar or Haidong Gumdo practitioners. Based in Tauranga, New Zealand, the seminar covered all aspects of Haidong Gumdo. The seminar participants came from Australia, New Caledonia, Hutt City, Auckland, Whakatane and Tauranga. Everyone went away feeling re-energised for the Martial Arts and Life. Garry Carpenter
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Today, a band of brothers travelled to Auckland to train with Master Malcolm Wright in the art of Hapkido. The training was vigorous, physical and always enjoyable. It seems that some of the band of brothers exerted themselves too much, for on the drive home, they rested their eyes. Thank you Master Malcolm for a great day. See you next week, when the student becomes the master, and the master becomes the student.
Haidong Gumdo 14th December 2019 – start time 10AM Hapkido 14th December 2019 – start time 2PM Taekwondo 15th December 2019 – start time 10AM End of Year BBQ and Prize-giving 15th December 2019 – start time 6PM
The Gumdo club had a night of cutting up bamboo on Wednesday night. Everyone had a chance to cut the various bamboo poles on offer. All the cutting was supervised by the Gumdo Technical Director – Ben Haar.
August 31st, and Whakatane and Tauranga get together for a celebration of Haidong Gumdo with a grading followed by some practice in disciplines of the art that get missed out. Congratulations to those who successfully graded. Trophies for top female and male practitioners: Whakatane – Alex (male), Brooke (female) Tauranga – Jack (male), Eunah (female) After a “shared lunch”, the Dojang was set up for Bamboo cutting, Paper cutting and Archery. Next grading – 14th December for Tauranga, with the 17th of December set aside for Whakatane.
The 24th of August saw our Taekwondo club holding a grading for the coloured belts, while on Sunday the 25th, Master Malcolm Wright was present to conduct an Hapkido grading. Both days were great fun. Next grading – 31st August – Haidong Gumdo.
As we are a martial arts club that strives for tournament success Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, I am offering to train those wishing to compete in Taekwondo. Mondays and Thursdays will be for Kyorugi (Sparring) and Tuesdays will be for Poomsae. Sparring students must have all their own equipment. Classes will run from 5:15pm to 6pm, but may run longer (up to 615pm). Tuesday 6pm to 730pm will also be a Kyorugi session run by either myself or Master Jamie. Those who are grading on the 24th of August are welcome to come and do extra training sessions with the…
Congratulations to everyone who graded today! It was a great weekend full of laughs, sweat and hard work. Special thanks to Master Oh from Australia who came and provided a Black Belt Seminar Friday night and Coloured Belt Seminar Saturday morning. His expertise helps to heighten the level of sword across New Zealand. We are also proud of the three members who achieved their Black Belt, Cody Van Roest, Levi-Steele O’Meara and Ashley Elizabeth Degenhardt, as well as Ben Parker who achieved his Third Dan. Copied from Haidong Gumdo NZ
All the pieces for the Tournament are in place with the arrival of the Medals. The wait has been long, but all the pieces are now in place. The Medals arrived today and they are great. The company in China did a very good job. If anyone wants the email address for the company, contact me and I’ll pass it on. See you at the Tournament.
Ben has been training the Yedo patterns now for 9 months – he is ready for his 3rd Dan examination.