West Midlands Tae Kwon Do TAGB – ‘It’s Coming Home!’

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Our local tae kwon do team are set to compete amongst 2,000 hopeful competitors at the Arena Birmingham for this year’s Tae Kwon Do International World Championships! Competitors will travel across the globe from as far afield as Australia all with the hope of becoming a World Champion.

Across the weekend, 21st – 22nd July, the the eight strong squad will compete in a variety of sparring and patterns categories. The team includes Birmingham paralegal Stacey Cockbill who will vye for a title in the Ladies Lightweight Black Belt division. Also going for gold in the heavily contested Black belt division is St John’s ambulance volunteer Lorna Waring who will be competing in the welterweight category. The ladies will be coaching our junior members Gracie and Emilie Bedenham who along with cadet Gillis Robbie from West Bromwich and Tore Lamont from Dudley have all been completing a strenuous three day a week training programme! The team will be joined by Bella Rhodes from Bilston who will be competing in the patterns and sparring category and Arran Campbell from Tipton club who will be hoping to bring home gold in the Men’s Blue Belt division. The squad have all put in so much effort in the run up to this huge international competition and feel so fortunate to be competing on home soil.

Senior World Master Vince Farquharson stated ‘The whole team have worked so hard. We would like to wish them all good luck and success. We have a phrase in this club which is ‘train hard fight easy.’ I am confident that our motto will translate onto the competition arena.

For more information about joining our clubs please email info@westmidstkd.co.uk or call Vince on 07375119483

Tae Kwon Do World Champions 2018 Entry Forms

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Please note: members of the TAGB can only enter through their instructor, entrys from TAGB students will not be accepted.

Please be very careful to complete the correct form.

To download a form, right click on the link and select save as

Juniors (up to & including 10 years)

Juniors (11 to 14 years inclusive)

Cadets (15 to 17 years inclusive)

Adults Coloured Belt

Adults Black Belt

Executive & Super Executive

Students Triumphant in National Black Belt Grading.

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Students attended Black Belt gradings hosted by the TAGB, Tae Kwon Do Association of Great Britain, between Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd April 2018. The bi-annual Black Belt Grading event saw around 500 tae kwon do practitioners travel nationally from as far afield as Scotland to Bristol to test their skills against a five strong panel of highly skilled 8th and 9th degree GrandMaster Examiners.

Locally Stacey Cockbill, a Birmingham paralegal supermom who trains at West Bromwich TAGB and Claire Dixon, a keen physiotherapist, from Tipton TAGB school put in an outstanding performance in patterns and free sparring to be promoted to the grade of first degree black belt.

Assistant Instructors Georgia Elwell, from Dudley TAGB and Jack Didlock, from Willenhall TAGB along with Robyn Middup-Jones, who trains at Kidderminster TAGB, were all awarded second degree black belt status.

The group celebrated further success with Tipton TAGB instructor Craig Mason training extremely hard whilst running his schools across three years to achieve his third degree black belt status.

To start your journey to black belt today contact West Midlands Tae Kwon Do on 07375119483 or email info@westmidstkd.co.uk

Dartmouth Park Spring Fair – West Bromwich TAGB

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Dartmouth Park Spring Fair – West Bromwich TAGB

Date: 19th May 2018
Time: 11am until 2pm

Please support your club!

All members of West Midlands Tae Kwon Do are invited to attend this popular event to give a short demonstration of our training session to include pad work, patterns and sparring in the park.

We attend this event every year and it is always fun for the family.

We will be promoting our club and having a fun outdoors training session.

Please come along if you can. (This will run directly after our usual Sparfit class 10-10.45am at West Bromwich Leisure Centre B70 7AZ)

Everyone welcome.



West Bromwich and Oldbury Tae Kwon Do Student awarded Best in Grading Accolade

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West Bromwich and Oldbury Tae Kwon Do Student awarded Best in Grading Accolade


Yufan Chen, age 10, from West Bromwich TAGB Tae Kwon Do club participated in his first martial arts examination along with ninety other students from across the West Midlands. This was the largest West Midlands grading to date with students from twelve different schools hoping to advance in their tae kwon do training and be awarded their next belt.

Yufan started training with instructor Claire Southall (3rd degree black belt) last December with his friends and family in order to improve his fitness and self defence and has really improved in his confidence since starting at the club.

The examination which is held at the West Midlands Tae Kwon Do headquarters in Dudley was hosted by World Master Vincent Farquharson (7th degree black belt) who was very impressed by the student’s standard at such a young age. Yufan was tested by World Master Paul Donnelly (8th degree black belt) who cited his excellent stances, focus and power were the reason he won the award.

Yufan passed with flying colours achieving the coveted A pass standard along with fellow student Yvonne Li from the club. Also achieving plus passes were students Zishan Cai and Riley Davies who trains at Oldbury TAGB tae kwon do. Every student put in a fantastic performance on the day and a huge amount of effort went into preparing for this grading exam.

Instructor Claire Southall is very proud of all students from the club who passed their grading. All students are all now in training for the TAGB World Championships which are to be held from the 20th-22nd July 2018 in Birmingham.

The club are welcoming new beginners to train with them at West Bromwich Leisure Centre on Saturday mornings. From more information contact Claire on 07402743284 or email claire@westmidstkd.co.uk. See www.westmidstkd.co.uk for all class details.



West Midlands Tae Kwon Do Super Sparring Session

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Friday 27th April 7:30-8:30pm

Holy Trinity Church Hall
Burlington Road
West Bromwich
B70 6LF

Parking on site.

£7.00 on the door.

All licensed TAGB members welcome from all clubs.

Come and train hard in this hour class learning new combinations of hand and foot drills.

We will also be introducing a new methodology on the attacking mindset.

Contact claire@westmidstkd.co.uk to find out more.

Students of all ages and abilities welcome. This is not just for competition sparrers but with the upcoming World Championships this is a great opportunity to practice your sparring with individuals from different clubs.

Remember you don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great!

Hope to see you there.

Claire Southall
(3rd Dan TAGB Instructor)

April 2018 Black belt grading area, timetable start times

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Friday 20th April Dan Grades

1st Dans 9.30 am Start

2nd Dans 12.45 pm Start

3rd/ /4th Dans 2.00 pm Start

Saturday 21st April 1st Kups

Central England North/Scotland/N.Ireland 9.30 am Start

North Midlands/North of England 12.30 pm Start

South Midlands/South East 2.15 pm Start

Central England South 4.00 pm Start

Sunday 22nd April 1st Kups.

Wales 9.30 am Start

South West 12.30 am Start

Please ensure that students get to the grading well in advance of the start times

Colour Belt Gradings for March and June 2018

West Mids TKD

Below to the next two  colour belt gradings, the first one  will be :-

Sunday 18th of March

Arrive at 12.45 ready to start at 1.15



The Second one will be :-

Sunday 17h of June





Please ensure if this is your first grading you submit 3 passport photos along with your license.
White doboks only. Minimum grading time 3 months following a 2 lesson per week minimum training schedule.
You should make sure you know all of your patterns, floorwork, sparring and theory before entering for the grading.
Any questions please contact your instructor.
Good Luck,
West Midlands Tae Kwon Do