Authentic TKD Virtual Patterns Competition

Obviously due to the COVID-19 situation this year, TKD competitions haven’t been taking place. Therefore Authentic TKD are having a ‘virtual’ patterns competition.

For further information please click here.

There is no fee, so I’d like every coloured belt student to have a go.

As you will see from the details, the entry will be filmed in class, and then made available (privately) to the other Authentic TKD instructors to view and mark.

I’m planning to do the filming on 19th October and/or 2nd November. (Club isn’t running over half term).

Students are given two attempts, and then can I pick the best attempt for submission.

For parents/carers – if your child doesn’t want to take part, or you don’t want them filmed, please let me know before Monday 2nd November (at the latest).

Thank you,

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LTKD Operation COVID-19 (updated 11th September 2020)

Club is re-opening on 14th September 2020.

Latest arrangements for club operation during COVID-19 restrictions can be found here.

Remember please only turn up if I have confirmed your place.

Thank you


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LTKD re-opening September 2020 (part 2)

Hello Students, Parents/Carers

Further update on LTKD re-opening. 

Due to the reduced capacity in the hall necessary to maintain distancing, the club needs to have a predictable student numbers at a certain level to make it viable. In addition I’ll be taking payments online to avoid cash handling. 

Thus to provide the degree of predictability I’m proposing to ask for payments on a monthly basis, payable in advance before the first Monday of the month. For the remainder of 2020, the dates / costs would work out as follows:

September £15 per student (14, 21, 28)

October £15 per student (5, 12, 19 – not 26th as it’s Half Term)

November £25 per student (2, 9, 16, 23, 30)

December £15 per student (7, 14, 21)

Payments would be made online directly to the club bank account (details will be provided separately). 

Class will still operate 7pm to 8:30pm.

For those with younger children. There will be no regular / scheduled toilet break in class, however in event of urgent need the disabled toilet will be available on request. 

Although I’ll be unable to teach some aspects of the syllabus for the time being (e.g. sparring) the upside is the class will be a smaller group, so students will benefit from that and we can spend the time focusing on the rest of the syllabus and improving on the technical aspects of TKD. 

Based on feedback, if sufficient students commit based on the new arrangements then we will look to re-open on Monday 14th September.



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LTKD re-opening September 2020


I am considering re-opening the club in September. At this stage I’m looking to get a feel for the number of students that would be interested in training again.

Training will be a little different for the foreseeable. Whilst I’ve yet to work out all the details, the key points so far are as follows.

  1. To maintain distancing I’ll only be able to train 12 students in a class.
  2. I’ll need to implement some kind of booking system to secure a slot in the class.
  3. To avoid using cash payment will need to be made online when the slot is reserved (probably via Paypal or bank transfer). Once a slot is reserved, it will likely be non refundable in event of no show.
  4. Class cost will be £5 per student.
  5. Class timing will still be 7pm to 8:30pm. Training time will be targeted to be 80 minutes, which allows time for students to come in and leave in a controlled manner.
  6. There will be no toilet breaks. This is due to distancing restrictions within the toilets, and the cleaning requirements it introduces.
  7. Training will focus on the parts of the syllabus that don’t require close contact. For example, technical work, patterns, exercising. So initially we don’t be able to spar for example.

I’m looking at an online system that will help management membership, bookings, payments. Watch this space.

I recognise this is a different way of operating to what we are used to. At this stage I’m looking to get approximate numbers. If you are interested in you / your child starting training in September can you please let me know. If there is sufficient interest then I’ll progress and advise further.

Thank you


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COVID-19 (9th July 2020)


I hope all students and parents/carers are well.

I’m writing this update because recently various lockdown restrictions have started to lift, and today it was announced that some activities such as leisure centres will be opening shortly. So I thought I’d give an update on LTKD.

I have been closely watching what schools and leisure centres are permitted to do. In addition though, there is specific guidance relating to the use of the community centre. As it stands the centre is unable to support mixed activities, due to the cleaning requirements in-between different groups. So priority is currently given to the school club (for child care reasons). Over the summer there is an activity group that has a two week block booking, so they can have exclusive access during that time.

For obvious reasons clubs / activities that only want one or two nights are not going to be able to use the hall until September at the earliest. That is, until the rules on mixed activities are relaxed.

I’ll keep monitoring the situation, and update when I can. As it stands though, I’m looking at mid September as a potential LTKD re-opening opportunity.

Please keep well in the meantime, and if you have any specific queries please get in touch

Regards, Jamie

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COVID-19 update – classes suspended

To all students and parents/carers.

Due to recent advice from the UK Government around social distancing and non essential journeys it is with regret that I have had to make the difficult decision to suspend training at the club until further notice.

The covid-19 is a clearly a unique and rapidly changing situation, so at this stage I can’t say for how long classes will remain suspended. I will continue to monitor UK Government advice and react accordingly.

Other clubs within Authentic England have also stopped training. The grading planned for 29th March has been postponed.

I hope you all remain well over the coming weeks, or however long this lasts.

Please get in touch if you have any queries.


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Monday 23rd March is back on


Further to previous announcements, we can now run a class on Monday 23rd March as normal. So class is back on.


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Coloured Belt Grading (29th March 2020)

The next coloured belt grading is scheduled for Sunday 29th March at Sutton Bonington. (expected start time 11am)

I will advise students who I feel are ready to grade.

Thank you


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LTKD in 2020

Happy New Year!

Classes re-start on Monday 6th January and I look forward to seeing you back at training. The 2020 schedule is published here.

Grading dates have yet to be advised, but I’m expecting one before Easter, another before the summer break, and finally one towards the end of the year. Regular attendance is crucial to making progress through the syllabus and being ready to grade. As we only have one class a week it’s really important students attend weekly, throughout the term.

Theory – theory – theory! The physical side of Taekwon-Do we can only do in a training hall. However the theory can, and should, be learnt and practiced at home. Please ensure you have the appropriate sheet(s) from this web site (click here) and review them throughout the term. As students progress through the grades remember to revise previous theory as well as learning the new theory.

Finally, I’d like to start the class as close to 7pm as possible, to maximise the time available. Please aim to be at the hall for 6.55pm, and no later than 7pm. That will enable me to complete the register, lock the door, and get the class started swiftly. Thank you.

See you soon,


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LTKD class schedule 2020

Here is the class schedule for 2020.

Coloured Belt sessions are on Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm

Monday 6th January to Monday 30th March inclusive
(Easter break, no training 6th & 13th April)

Monday 20th April  to Monday 20th July inclusive
excluding Monday 25th May (bank holiday)

(Summer break)
Monday 7th September  to Monday 14th December inclusive

Although we don’t train over Easter & Summer break, we aim to train during half term unless there is insufficient students available to make the class worthwhile. Changes will be advertised in class and via the web site.

Senior Belt sessions

Aimed at 2nd/1st kups (other grades by invite only) and Black Belts. Sunday, 5pm to 7pm.

  • Sunday 19th January
  • Sunday 16th February
  • Sunday 15th March
  • Sunday 19th April
  • Sunday 17th May
  • Sunday 14th June
  • Sunday 19th July
  • Sunday 20th September
  • Sunday 18th October
  • Sunday 15th November

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