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Congratulations to our medal winners at the European Championships in Poland on 1-2 July.

Vicky Jones – bronze point stop sparring, silver continuous sparring, gold tag team, silver International team

Luke Metcalf – bronze point stop sparring, bronze tag team, silver International team

Oliver Heath-Jones – gold point stop sparring

Congratulations on a great achievement and good luck to Vicky and Luke who will be representing Great Britain again in Florida later this month.



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Taekwondo TAGB Competitions Channel: HighDefinitionTKD

2016 Taekwondo International World Championships – Trailer
2016 Taekwondo International World Championships – Playlist



LUKE METCALF – Video Competitions

2016 Taekwondo International World ChampionshipsLuke Metcalf vs Adam Zieba

2016 TAGB Welsh Taekwondo Championships –  Steven Frew vs Luke Metcalf

2016 TAGB English Taekwondo Championships –  Luke Metcalf vs Tom Jones


VICKY JONES – Video Competitions

2016 Taekwondo International World ChampionshipsVicky Jones vs Steph Myszka

2016 Taekwondo International World ChampionshipsVicky Jones vs M Ciaskowska

2016 Taekwondo International World ChampionshipsGillian Duncan vs Vicky Jones

2016 TAGB Midlands Taekwondo ChampionshipsVicky Jones vs Alice Cardall

2016 TAGB Midlands Taekwondo Championships – Vicky Jones vs Helen Audus Norman


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The 11th Tae Kwon Do International World Championships took place at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on 16 & 17 July 2106.  Several of our students took part and came back with a host of medals.

Vicky Jones won Gold in the Ladies’ Black Belt Flyweight Continuous Sparring division after being beaten to Silver by just one point in the Point Stop division the previous day.  Luke Metcalf took Gold in the Men’s Black Belt Lightweight Continuous Sparring division and also took silver in the Point Stop division. Hue Duong took Gold in the Men’s Yellow Belt Welterweight Sparring.  Luke also helped the England Mens’ Team to become World Champions in the International Team Event.  Well done to our new World Champions, you have all put a lot of hard work into your training and your success is well deserved.

Other medal winners included Ross Hanley and Harry Miles who won bronze and silver medals respectively in their tag team events.

Well done to everyone who took part, it was a great experience and I am very proud of you all.

Master Ruth Chare 6th Dan




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Our clubs had a  successful day at the English Championships in Worcester on Sunday 13 March. Congratulations to everyone who took part, you all performed really well and made me very proud!

We did pick up a few medals:

Vicky Jones – gold in ladies black belt lightweight sparring and bronze in tag team
Luke Metcalf – silver in men’s black belt welterweight sparring
Kris Smith – gold in cadet boys yellow/green belt middleweight sparring and gold in tag team
Hue Duong – gold in men’s tellow belt welterweight sparring. Hue also just missed out on a medal in patterns after a play off for 3rd place
Daniel Hyland – silver in boys blue/red belt heavyweight sparring, gold in tag team
Harry Miles – gold in tag team

Well done everyone!

Time to start thinking about the World Championships in July…

Ruth Chare 6th Dan

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Well 2016 is upon us and a new competition season beckons! See below for details of the competition dates which have been announced at the moment.

Good Luck everyone!



Sun 31st  Jan

Midlands Championships – Arena Sports, Thurston Drive, Kettering, NN15 6PB


Sun 14 Feb

North Wales Inter-club Challenge – Deeside Leisure Centre, Chester Road West, Queensferry, CH5 1SA


Sun 13 March

English Championships – Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN


Sun 22 May

Welsh Championships – UWIC Cardiff Arena, Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, CF23 6XD


July 15 – 17

World Championships – Barclaycard Arena, King Edward Road, Birmingham, B1 2AA


Sat 10 Sept

Scottish Championships – Ravenscraig Sports Facility, Motherwell


Sun 20 Nov

British Championships – Derby



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Congratulations to our new British Champions Vicky Jones, Luke Metcalf, Ella Dempsey and Kristian Smith.  They all came away with gold from the British Championships held at Derby Arena on Sunday 29 November.

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This is a great end to a very successful year for our clubs.  Vicky and Luke have been consistently in the medals at both national and international level and were both selected onto the TAGB Great Britain team, representing their country in Italy and Canada.

GB team



Well done everyone and here’s to more success in 2016!

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Congratulations to everyone who took part in the grading on Friday 20 November.  Here are just a few of our students with their new certificates and belts.

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For a woman who packs quite a punch Ruth Chare has a surprisingly gentle handshake. For that matter she has disarming smile, too. She is relaxed and friendly. All of which she must have left in the changing room as she strode to three world tae kwon do championships. “It feels great to be a world champion and, yes, I did feel on top of the world. I didn’t stop smiling for a week! All my hard work paid off.”

There were umpteen other medals in her competitive career in a sport where success and expertise isn’t always measured in titles and trophies. Ruth is one of a handful of TKD sixth Dans in the country. There isn’t a seventh Dan. They still don’t come any better than Ruth . “I didn’t start until I was 24, which is late, and then only for the fitness and self-defence aspects. But within 18 months I’d won the British national green belt title and it all snowballed from there,” she said.

Before the story goes any further, however , we should explain Ruth, whose classes are at Northwich Youth Centre, is now Mrs Smith , has moved to Great Harwood where she is step-mum to Tim’s three children but is keeping her maiden name for professional reasons, She has time now for her other favourite pastimes of skiing, horse riding and gardening, after being made redundant from her work as an insurance underwriter four years ago.

“It was only when I won that first title it clicked that I was quite good at it. The following year I won the English, Welsh and Scottish titles. Moving up to blue belt, it took time to get among the honours again”.

“It took a few years to get to the top of the tree and into the England team, but that first World Championship, that gave me the most satisfaction. I was a lightweight, but fought at middleweight. I was first on had a lot of support and I fought well.” she said.

TKD has been good to Ruth on other ways. “It took me to Miami for one World Championship and around Europe” How many medals? “Too many to count” she says “I was known as a strong fighter, better at punching than kicking, I have knocked people out before now. But I don’t punch as hard as boxer. I have trained with them and they hurt. Our competition are intense.

Typically, Ruth would fight five four minute bouts to win to become champion of the planet. “It might not seem a lot, but there is an intensity to it, like a major boxing match and there are team competitions as well. When I was competing at the top I trained six days a week and sometimes twice a day.”

Unluckily perhaps Ruth had chosen the International TKD code rather than the Olympic version of the sport. It hasmore exponents, but not the glory, though the two styles – hers fast and furious semi-contact, the Olympic style more combative.

You have to practice not to hurt your opponent,” she said. Inclusion at the Olympics has given the entire sport a boost and the codes are edging closer together. But nowadays Ruth gets her kicks by preparing others for the success she enjoyed.

Student Vicky Jones, 20, has just returned from Canada with the British squad and is the national champion. Others show similar promise .

But primarily her classes are for self-defence, fitness and flexibility. “There’s discipline and manners and TKD instils respect. I get satisfaction out of passing on my experience to students and hopefully I put a lot of fun in their too,” she said.


Ruth’s classes at the youth centre (opposite Northwich Infirmary) on Mondays: Tigers (5-7 years old) 5.15pm, adults 6.15pm.
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