Welcome back to 2024!
Firstly we have a new location!
Lovett Street Hall (272 Condamine Street Manly Vale)
Tuesday nights 6-7pm Family class and 7-8pm Teens/adults
We were lucky enough to have Ms Kim Yeun pop in to do some work experience in the week between Christmas and New Year
Then we had a couple of extra Adult/Teens+Adult classes in the first week of January while the office workers were still on holidays.
There's a pretty full calendar this year.
Starting off with Lunar New Year celebrations on 3rd February at Chatswood.
We'll be doing a demonstration at 12noon-12.30pm and will take part in the parade during the evening.
We have a list of potential competitions on our events page, some events are still to be confirmed (TBC), we will update these details as they become available.
Congratulations to our team of 17 players (plus 2 players from our Sydney Uni team) who traveled to Perth for the Australian Taekwondo National Championships.
Thanks to their efforts Chung Do Taekwondo finished in 6th place out of 94 dojangs from all across Australia.
We were also the highest ranking club from NSW.
A huge thank you to David and Yutong and the coaching team plus the students and their parents for their support.
We are looking to add another location in the Northern Beaches as well as one around Rhodes in 2024.
In preparation for this a couple of new instructors have recently joined us to learn our style of classes.
End of Year
We're looking at a final grading during the weekend of 10th December - some people have indicated they will be away, we will try to accommodate early gradings.
We will send out grading invites in about 3 weeks.
Our last class for the year will be Sunday 17th December.
Classes (and memberships) will be on pause from Monday 18 December until January (date TBC - either the 2nd or 8th)
Once we figure out the dates we will let you know and there'll be an online form for people who are going away and need a longer suspension.
Spring is here and we have a number of events to kick off September!
NSW State Sparring Training 9 September (Homebush)
Last NDP training session (sparring) before Nationals will be on the 9th of September at the ACPE homebush
Sessions are as follows
Grading 16-18 September (18/19 September for NSG)
Beacon Hill Public School Demonstration and stall (16 September)
Beacon Hill Public School has their Spring Fair on 16th September
Our demonstration team will be performing somewhere between 3pm and 3.30pm!
We'll have an info stand there to promote the club too
Australian University Games (ND1s) 23 and 24 September
The Australian University Games is like the Olympics for Australian Uni students (The World University Games were held in July in Chengdu China).
School holiday program
Details will come out maybe tomorrow but basically
Week 2 -
Online competition (Entries close 24 September, recording submission deadline 3rd October)
Surprise guest instructor Master Lee Nayeon 28th August
Earlier this week we had the fortunate opportunity to have Master Lee Nayeon (2x World Champion, Korean National Demonstration Team member and ex-Thailand National Poomsae Team Coach) visit our Teens and Adults class just before she left Australia.
Hopefully everyone learnt a lot from Master Lee, David, Yutong and Master Zi did!
A huge thank you to Master Lee for taking time out at the last minute to come and visit us.
Korean Education Centre Demonstration
The Korean Education Centre held a competition in Strathfield for participants of their programs during mid August.
As part of the opening ceremony we were asked to do a demonstration but they wanted mostly uni students or adults.
So we put together a team with our Sydney University students and borrowed Emma to be in the demo too :D
The feedback was really positive and we're happy that we were able to put on a good demo!
A big couple of months for Chung Do Taekwondo!
We have had a word with the instructors about giving clear feedback about what students need to improve to be able to pass the pre-grading assessment and we will have a new grading booklet soon so that students have a more obvious guide to what the criteria for each belt is.
If you missed the last grading, the next one will be near the end of September (it's soon because the last one was delayed due to Master Zi's travel schedule)
NSW State Training
Next NDP and PPP training will be on the 12th of August at the ACPE homebush
Sessions are as follows
12:30pm to 2pm
10 to 13yrs red and black belts.
2pm to 4pm
14yrs and over red and black belts.
Sessions will be focused on scenarios and sparring.
All students must be in full uniform and bring all sparring gear and kick targets.
Thailand Poomsae coach and 2x World Champion Nayeon Lee19th August
Seminar 1: How to teach Poomsae (2 hours) 3pm - 5pm
20th August 1- 3pm
Seminar 2: Basic movements - Kicks, Hand techniques and stances (2 hours)
20th August 4-7pm
Seminar 3: Colour Belt Poomsae (90min) & Black Belt Poomsae (90min)
$80 for 1 sessions
$150 for 2 sessions
$200 for 3 sessions
Location: Martial Arts Spirit Prestons (5 Nuwi Place Prestons 2170)
Master Zi will be going on Saturday, David will be going on Sunday
University Opens and NSW State Competition
Entries for the University Opens (15 year olds + only) are open!
You can register here https://smoothcomp.com/en/event/11837
Saturday June 24 at University of Technology Sydney (745 Harris Street Ultimo)
NSW State Comp
Still no entry pack but please make sure you have got the Australian Taekwondo National Athlete Licence membership.
If you have only got the "Basic" membership and need to upgrade please email Master ZiChuan
Since the NSW State Comp is at the end of the holidays, we've changed the holiday program slightly so that students can do some focused sessions prior to the comp (and grading).
Bookings will be available later this week on our events page
Reminder that grading is the weekend of 30th July
Invitations will be sent out after the school holidays
Up coming competitions (once the information is available you will be able to access the information on our events page)
All competitors for the NSW State Championships must have the "National Athlete Licence" membership from Australian Taekwondo. If you don't have the National Athlete Licence (e.g. no Aust Taekwondo membership or "Basic" membership only), you can buy/upgrade it via the events page on our website
South Coast Championships wrap up
Grading invitations will be sent out Monday/Tuesday this week via email.
Chatswood: If you don't get an email by Tuesday and are hoping to grade, please check with David or Master ZiChuan
Grading will be Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 March
Please note there are no classes at Chatswood on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 of March
(Check the app for when classes are on)
Easter and Anzac Day
There will be no classes on the Easter long weekend (07-10 April) and on 25 April for Anzac Day
Competitions & Holiday program
The Events page has been updated with information of more upcoming competitions
Our April Holiday Program bookings are open too!
We will have
We have a positive update on doboks!
They're on the machines finally and are due to be finished this week
By the time they get here from Melbourne it will be during the week of 27 March
New team gear!
We're very excited to launch our new range of team gear!
We have worked with one of our previous students Opal (who's a professional designer/animator) to create this design. The 74 is because GM Suh started this dojang back in 1974
Available on our store (save on shipping costs by grouping your order with some friends)
A lot of things happening so a quick post to help inform everyone and plan stuff in the diary.
We have 2 exciting opportunities for seminars on 11 March
1) Beginners sparring at Spirit Taekwondo (Brookvale)
9:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday 11 March
David will be joining the students attending this 3 hour session
The aim is to help students with no or limited sparring experience learn some basics and train with different players.
Entry to this seminar is $30 and can be done via this link
2) Blue belt and above Poomsae, Demonstration/Tricking, Sparring seminar with special guests from Hong Kong
5.30-5.45 Q&A and snacks
Cost: $50 (book in the Chung Do app, I'm still working out payment, maybe bring cash)
Master Rin was on the Hong Kong National Poomsae team from 2016-2018
Master Yoyo is a very accomplished kyorugi player having competed extensively for over 10 years including winning last month's Hong Kong Black Belt Championships.
Wayne has been tricking for 4 years and is a member of the TXD Taekwondo demonstration team
Our event page will be updated as we know exact dates.
5th March KTA Australia Comp level: less experienced players
July 5-7 Oceania Opens + President's cup. Level: Black belts, National/International level poomsae/sparring
July 15 - State Championships. Level: Intermediate/advanced
September 25-29: University Games. University students only
October (tbc): Australian Taekwondo National Championships (Gold Coast).
Grading will be March 25-27
We will do grading qualification assessment after 11 March.
Pretty much everyone is back now, so please make sure you use the app or mobile site to book into classes.
We have slowed down how many new students we take in as we're not sure if there's space.
For new students waiting for uniforms, apologies for the delay.
The start of the year is always very hectic for the embroiders, we are ordering over 100 uniforms and it is taking some time on the supplier's end.
Demo Team Tryouts
We've told some belt levels and also some people have seen it in the calendar.
We will have demo team tryouts Saturday 11 Feb
We will split the existing demo team into 2 teams (Team A and Team B) and are looking to add new students (especially high school and older students).
You need to know:
Competitions and AT player memberships
Two upcoming competitions
a) KTA Australia Competition (5th March @ Hurstville)
b) South Coast Open (15/16 April @ Bombaderry 3 hours south of Sydney)
More info on our events page
AT player memberships are up for renewal
Ever calendar year -_-
From 2024 Basic Membership is mandatory for all members but for 2023 it is strongly encouraged.
The National Athlete Licence is mandatory for people participating in State/National training and competitions.
Two types of memberships (see the full details of what they cover here)
a) Basic member
To get this go to our events page and there's a link/QR code to our basic Aust TKD club page
Only a few days until we officially kick off classes for 2023! (Well done to the 10+ people who attended Tuesday and/or Thursday's bonus classes this week)
Apologies, I'm a bit slow to reply to emails this week. The database updates are taking a lot of time.
A few things as we lead into next week
1. New fees
2. Change of fee timing
3. Chung Do Personal Development Academy (Chung Do PDA) - you don't need to be learning taekwondo to join this one!
4. Call for Student Leaders + Assistant Instructors/Instructors