Its recognised that 2020 has been a difficult year for us all but through the passion and tenacity of Instructors, Blackbelts and Students we have preserved our mental and physical health. We have been creative and dogged, training in often confined spaces, garages, kitchens, and hallways. Outdoors we did enjoy some warm weather, but all too quickly were in the elements wrapped up against cold and rain and being inventive with lighting. Getting back into venues has been difficult and for many remains so.

There have been invites to our senior Instructors in conducting classes for us online, injecting enthusiasm and fresh methods but also a reminder that we are not alone!

As some move back into venues we face many training restrictions in preserving safe environments and the protection from a virus that has touched the world, and our Taekwon-Do families far and wide.

If 2020 has taught us anything about ourselves is that we are stronger than we credited ourselves, the UKTA and all its members are to be applauded, and we are still here!

Training for charity
The ‘Movember’ Charity maxim says.
“Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing a health crisis, yet it’s rarely talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.”
Members of the UKTA did not stay silent! The lead was taken by Master Philip Taverner who offered and conducted two national online training seminars for Instructors and Blackbelts on 29 November, the second one for colour belts on 6 December in support of the Movember charity.
The money raised to date is £1125, a fantastic effort from all. A big thankyou to Master Taverner with the worthy suggestion and equally to all who took part.
The Blackbelt session had 48 attendees which coincidently was twice 24, a meaningful number for all of us.

Congratulations to Helen Bennett V dan, Wirral TKD Instructor, who has signed a 3yr tenancy lease on a unit in Champions business park. The unit is under development into a purpose built Taekwon-Do facility. This will be ready for March 21. Achieving this has involved a year long struggle with the council regarding planning.
Indomitable spirit!

The Executive Masters Council meet monthly and in part, arising from that are plans in providing virtual resolves to the current inability for us to meet and train together. In the development are online training with the Grand Masters and Masters. The timing has yet to be established but is an exciting step for us to ‘connect’ in Taekwon-Do and practise together. An opportunity to further develop your skills and technical understanding from the massive experience that will be on offer from the Grand Masters and Masters.

The New year will also breathe life into a UKTA online pattern competition. Many of you have experience of this method during lockdown, gaining confidence and the ability to perform solo. Watch for information of this event.

There is consideration to an online BTC Instructors course, once again the timing is yet to be agreed and circulated.
Stay safe and strong!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From the UK Taekwon-Do Association Masters Council

Newsletter compiled by Mr Tony Hampson, 6th Degree