I asked Master Derek Sumner to give us a update on what him, Sue and Marc got up to on tour....
Srilanka tours with living well.
There are 3 compulsory elements for students and 2 for non tkd people.
1: Martial Arts fitness and education (non martial arts start with number 2)
2: charity, helping orphanages poor areas and people with severe hardships, interacting with the people.
1: consists of personal consistent daily training on the purpose-built training ground at our hotel facing the ocean and beach.
2: Travelling to clubs and schools delivering seminars and distributing essential equipment and gifts (This covers all martial arts).
3: Holiday this is as important as 1 and 2 everyone is given a complete insight to the pearl drop island exclusive beaches places of interest and a special interaction with local life, cultures, temples, wildlife and hands on conservation of turtles and elephants not forgetting the unique village life.
On our 2019 tour my personal concentration was on rehabilitation so it was my intention to be intentionally focussed on the less fortunate.
My team sue and marc from day one had 6am start for our individual training. Working with marc to overcome various stretching techniques he struggles with and helping his fear of water with each day giving him a challenge to go into the sea a little deeper and feel safe in the water. All of us set goals for ourselves as a group it was the plank each day increasing the hold, sue had a strict programme finishing each day by walking through every poomsae. My goals were clear and building strength in the new hip and twice a day swimming in the warm Indian ocean.
Our first two days were climatizing and for me organising the tight schedules we were to encounter. We focus on 4 orphanages which are located on the west coast town of Wadduwa and Kalutra district.
The first is a boy’s disabled home which is a small and run down, always in a desperate condition. we took toys, food, special items light censors, soaps hygiene essentials, and a complete investigation of repairs needed which are many.
The second is a girl’s orphanage is the same as above. Considerable foods as much non-perishable as possible dried food rice etc, extra items were 40 pairs of standard Sumner shoes and of course a fun taekwondo class, pens and books. we visited this orphanage twice; their main requirement is a copier printer.
The third is an orphanage which is a mixed disabled school and orphanage age range from 4 to adult, over 100 are in this home some with severe mental illness, again summer shoes but also for the extremely underpaid staff, food toys etc and of course a taekwondo class of fun, as with the girl’s orphanage a printer copier needed.
The fourth is a buhdist school where as above but adding extra educational needs, here the pure white uniforms were needed.
One of the highlights are the regular village Walks where we take essentials, sweets, biscuits, toys pens and books. We get to enjoy the village life.
It was estimated a minimum of 1000 pens 1000 thousand school books were distributed. Throughout the year we buy and collect what we believe are needed. Our own needs are small and most of the allocated baggage allowance is taken up with collected items for Srilanka.
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We now have a club Patron Grand Master Ansa Mahmood he has been a friend and mentor to Master Derek Sumner for over 30 years and has remained supportive continuously over the years and present. He will be leading Livingwell Taekwondo into bigger and greater projects in near future.
Please see just some of his achievements …
Livingwell were nominated and won the award for its community spirit and work with all ages and disabilities, it's continued success in Poomsae and charitable work home and abroad .
Emily Whiting Nominated by her school and winning yet another award in a truly momentous year, 1st winning the National Poomsae title after so many years of persevering, which helped earn her place at the 2014 world Poomsae Championships in Mexico and the forth coming exciting Commonwealth TKD championships in Bonny Scotland .
A top student at her livingwell club her award was not connected with the clubs award , Emily coming up to her 16th Birthday started at the club when she was 6 years old with her older brother Jack inspiring her to want to start Taekwondo and later Jenny whiting and now club secretary started the family trait the family continue their journey together with true family support , Emily said "I am overwhelmed this year so many great opportunities have come my way and I just want to thank everyone who have helped get me to this place and I will try to repay my family friends club and British Taekwondo with achieving the best results I can and work as hard as I possibly can "
The presentation for both awards were held at the Harlequin Theatre Redhill in the presence of top councilors And Reigate and Banstead Sports committee the presentation was made by the Honorable Mayor of R&B, followed by a meet and greet refreshment
Three members from Livingwell Taekwondo Tonbridge, Mathi Gupta (club instructor), Ann Palmer and Jaya Gupta travelled to the GB Taekwondo Poomsae (Technical Patterns) Headquarters at Horley, Surrey to participate in trials for selection into the GB squad. All three were battling to get a place in their respective categories.
Jaya, also a student at Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls (ToGs) is juggling school work and her passion for the Korean Martial Art to ultimately represent her country Nationally and Internationally, was up against athletes from different clubs throughout England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to win a place for selection into the Cadet Female category. Jaya has had previous success and at the age of 9 was GB National Champion in the Peewee Division.
Success was attained by Mathi and Jaya and both have been selected into the GB National Poomsae Squad.
Livingwell are proud to have four of its members selected for the GB Worlds Squad.
Henry Chiu ; Livingwell Henry the youngest of Livingwells World selected Players at the Age of only 14 Henry is the first European cadet male medalist for GB , he is unbeaten in the UK he has the attention of all the world Poomsae community , sadly unable to compete due to diabolical catagory ommision in this years World poomsae Championship s Henry will surly Qualify again next year , we at livingwell are very proud of him.
Our 4th world Poomsae Player from Livingwell Sue Parkins 5 times National Poomsae Champion, Commonwealth Medallist , European Bronze Medallist, Scottish Open Champion 2013 (as with all our other world Players )Sue has had intense training Preparation for this years World Poomsae Championships in Bali, looking forward to her 4th world Championships looking to improve on her past 7th world ranking Placing , good luck from all of us at Livingwell Academy.
The 2012 World Championships in Colombia was attended by a small team of three senior players accompanied by myself acting as national team coach. The event was attended by a record number of countries and produced a marked improvement in performance standards across the board giving some surprise results and eliminations.The level of security at the event and the provision of personal escorts was unprecedented both by the local police force and event volunteers.
Our Players Master Simon Negus, Ali Pourtahari (previous World Bronze Medalist), Susan parkins (previous European Bronze Medalist), first had to aclimatise to the altitude change following the long flight. They coped extremely well with carefully structured training and form-wise I couldn't have asked for more from the players. They were looking sharp and both myself and Master Gemma Biescas were agreed that all three selected players had shown evident improvement in the run up to the World Championships and felt that a medal position was a realistic expectation. All three competed on the same day with Sue Parkins being the first of our players to compete and clearly implementing her coaching instruction to focus on performance unfortunately missing out on progressing to the finals with the judges favouring the more precisely implemented styles of other competing countries.Ali Pourtahari followed on but with new players coming up into his division it was always going to be tough, however he gave a good solid performance and missed progressing into the finals by the smallest of margins. Finally Master Simon Negus took to the Floor and he stormed through the pelimery and semis, making medalling a real possibility. It was minimal point difference between him and his opposition finally finishing an amazing 6th in the world.
Overall we have to take this as another unparalleled experience and learning curve.Grand Master Shin (vice chief world Judge at the Championships) expressed his admiration for our players knowing the medals were lost not on performance but on minor technical aspects and significant opposition improvement,
Ali Pourtahari, after his second consecutive year as European Number one in Poomsae attained a position with the ETU working on A Class poomsae Competition .
After many years of working to ascertain the introduction of a Cadet Division to high level competition we finally secured the inclusion of this division to the European Championships and to my delight it was announced at the recent World Championships a "Cadet Division" will now be introduced officially by the WTF at all events .
Uk Poomsae also secured sponsorship from "Kwon" to supply some limited sport wear/equipment details of which will be reported on as this progresses. In the first instance Kwon supplied the World Team Tracksuits, training suits, footwear and kit bags.
Today we assisted in a monumental World Record all across the United Kingdom.
British Taekwondo instructors and students helped KPMG and the charity Dr Barnardos to achieve not only an entry into the world record books but more importantly raising over 50k for the Charity.
The TKD Community once again joined in unison to help others. It was a proud moment for all who attended.
On a personal note, not only would I would like to thank Emily and Guntur for joining me in making an ''outstanding Team'' representing Livingwell Gatwick , but I would also like to thank Jenny for all the organizing up to the event.
It has Been a very successful Year for Jenny Whiting, probably the most successful year in her TKD journey so far. Seeing her daughter making National Cadet Squad and then producing eight year old Elizabeth Hamson to Black Belt - one of her first students from Langshott Livingwell. With the pressure on, Jenny then had to sit her own promotion to 3rd Dan with of course complete success. For myself as Chief instructor of Livingwell, I look at all our amazing and loyal instructors with pride. Jenny has delivered many many students to the nucleus hub of our academy and continues to introduce young children to our Art .
I took the descision to Award Jenny and Livingwell Langshott our internal club of the Year a New award i think everyone will join me in congratulating Jenny
Well Done Jen
Ali Pourtaheri ranked in European Taekwondo Union's ranking as No 1 in Europe".
Livingwell's Chief Instructor Master Del said "I am very pleased to have Ali among our diligent Poomsae players. Early in the year, we identified his weaknesses and developed a program for him. He is a good example of how following your program and instructions can bear fruit. This year was his best year ever in terms of international achievement. After the last A-class competition of the year in Portugal, Ali is now ranked by ETU as Number 1 in Master 2 category with 115 points (66 point ahead of Number 2). He has also been able to, together with Sue achieve shared number 2 ranking in Pairs 2 category. We will work more diligent in 2012 to develop him further with the objective to achieve higher goals."
Achievements in Individual category
20110129 Commonwealth Gold
20110205 UK Championship Gold
20110409 Belgian Open Gold
20110430 Danish Open Gold
20110507 Finish Open Gold
20110521-22 Europeans 5th
20110611 Northern Ireland Silver
20110618 Austrian Open Silver
20110710 British International Gold
20111008 Hungarian Open Gold
20111105 Portugal Open Silver
Achievements in Pairs category with Sue Parkins
20110129 Commonwealth Silver
20110205 UK Championship Silver
20110611 Northern Ireland Gold
20110618 Austrian Open Silver (With Erika Zimmermann)
20110710 British International Gold or Silver? I am not sure as I am writing this.
20110729-31 World Championship 7th
20111008 Hungarian Open Gold
20111105 Portugal Open Silver
After a meeting with Master Lennox , Odette and Master Gemma it was agreed the necessity for additional Assistance with the 30 strong Cadet Team.
It therefore gives me great pleasure in introducing a new member to the management team @ UK Poomsae, Sue Parkins from Livingwell Taekwondo Academy, who will take the role of Manager for the cadet section. She will work directly with our National Team manager Odette so future contact will be with Sue. She has what we believe is the perfect CV - currently European ranking number two; Bronze medallist at the European Poomsae Championships 2011 and ranked number seven in the world at this years World Poomsae Championships in Vladivostok Russia.
Sue is the most successful masters two female in the UK and this year took a team to China for the world University championships as acting National Coach. Sue is a qualified BTCB 3rd Dan instructor CRB Checked , her personal Criteria is also a valuable asset to the Cadet Squad Section Currently a Qualified School teacher in Sussex special educational needs coordinator MA (Ed) , B.Ed (Hons).
Mark passed his Dan grading today and got a special mention by the chairman of the BTCB. He was the first student to be awarded the grade out of more than one hundred hopefulls. The BTCB chairman stated that Mark was 'An inspiration to us all'.
Well done Mark!
See more pictures from Day One of the grading here.
Livingwell's seven Kup grades all successfully passed their Dan grading today! Congratulations to all the students and good luck to everyone grading on Sunday.
See more pictures from Day One of the grading here.