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Falkirk Taekwondo come out top in National Taekwondo competition

At the recent Traditional Taekwondo Association National team championships in Coatbrige our clubs achievements were amazing we won 12 Golds, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals as well as the Best team spirit!

In the children’s category we participated in 14 events and won 9 Golds 2 Silver and 3 Bronze.

Rory Sneddon won his first Gold and was over the moon with his achievements he had to fight hard for his trophy, Daniel Hesp also won his first Gold medal in the competition after coming close in previous events.

Gary Hamilton won his 2nd medal in his 2nd competition this time gaining a Gold in sparring.

Liam Ferguson, Jisin Joseph and Lewis Witherspoon all received Bronze medals to add to our tally.

Sisters Naomi and Tegan O’May both won Gold medals with Tegan coming out top in a close contest with team
mate Elisha Shaw who won Silver in her first ever competition. Elisha is one to watch in future events, Sister Rebecca Shaw also did well in her first competition to win Silver medal.

John-Jo Paterson again got through to the final and won his 2nd Gold medal in 2 competitions, team mate Jamie Thomson came through some tough matches to win his first Gold medal he is getting stronger at every competition.

Liam Muir won another Gold when he beat a tough opponent to add to his trophies, Liam keeps on developing and getting stronger in every competition he has the potential in the future to be involved in the sport at the highest level.

In the 3 man Coloured belt team we won Gold, Daniel Mallin Martin, William Ferguson and Kenny McQuaide all went home happy with their trophies.

Laura Macdougall competed in two events winning a Gold and Silver for her efforts.

This again was a great achievement, without the help of parents and students it would not be possible to reach these heights! I’d like to thank everyone for their time and dedication which made this event a success and proves we are truly a strong team with a long future ahead of us.

Grandmaster Park visit

On April the 16th Falkirk&Callander Taekwondo club had the great honour of training with 2 famous Grandmasters, Grandmaster Park Hae Man 10th Dan and Grandmaster TK Loh 10th Dan visited our club and ran a patterns seminar. Grandmaster Park was one of the early pioneers of Taekwondo starting his Taekwondo career in 1945, he was one of the Original Masters who created the early poomsae’s which are still in use today though they have been updated since then.

The seminar started with the old scottish tradition of our guests being piped into the event by one of our young students.

Grandmaster Park then commenced the seminar with a warm up, he then covered all the Taeguk patterns and Black Belt patterns stopping at relevant points to explain the movements and the reason for the way the movements are to be performed.

All students who attended learned about their patterns and the purpose of the movement, I am sure that everyone left the seminar with more knowledge and inspiration from such a great modest man.

We ended the day by presenting Grandmaster Park with a traditional Scottish Quaich to remember the event.

Photo’s are now on our website for viewing.

A big thanks to Grandmaster Loh and Grandmaster Park for making it such a memorable day.

Taekwondo Championship Results April 2011

At the TTA National team championships in Coatbrige our clubs achievements were again OUTSTANDING we won 11 Golds, 14 Silver and 4 Bronze medals as well as the Best team spirit.

In the children’s category we participated in 8 events and won 5 Golds 4 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals:

Robbie Player won his first Gold and was over the moon with his achievements he had to fight hard for his trophy and is the new under 37kg UK champion he had to beat 3 opponents including his team mate on his way to victory, Daniel Hesp fought Robbie in the semi final but had to pull out due to a foot injury Daniel received a Bronze medal for his efforts.

In the under 40kg category Callum Gray just missed out in a medal when he lost his match by 1 point, he is improving every competition.

We then progressed onto the under 43kg category where Liam Ferguson received Bronze for his efforts and his team mate Scott McCoull won his 2nd Gold medal in consecutive competitions, Scott fought well to win the final decisively.

In the under 25kg category we had sisters Naomi and Tegan O’May up against each other in the final, even though they are sisters they gave each other a hard match with Naomi just getting the better of her sister to win Gold with Tegan winning Silver. After this match Naomi went straight into another final for the under 31kg category and had a hard match against the existing champion where she lost by a few points and won the Silver medal.

Naomi and Tegan are a credit to their parents and club for the dedication they put into their training at least 4 times a week, it will be good to see them in a few more years as they continue to develop.

In the next female category under 44kg we again won Gold and Silver with the reigning champion Anna Holden defeating team mate Eilidh Johnston in a close fought well spirited match.

The next children’s match saw John-Jo paterson getting through to the final and just losing to give him Silver medal position for the under 27kg category his team mate Lewis Witherspoon done well to get a Bronze at his first competition.

Our last children’s match of the day the under 53kg category saw Eilidh Walker retaining her championship crown winning her third successive Gold medal in the last year.

In the Junior’s category there was 5 events with our club winning Gold in 3 of them:

Liam Muir won Gold in the under 45kg category when he beat a tough opponent from Ireland in the final to receive another Gold medal to add to his trophies, this was Liam’s first event in the Juniors and he has a great future ahead.

Ross Walker had two hard fights against team mates from the Harrogate club and came home with another Gold medal for the under 73kg event.

Eilidh Johnston moved up to the Junior event and won her 1st Gold medal for the under 42kg category, this was Eilidh’s first sparring competition and she won a Gold and Silver, we are looking forward to seeing her in the next competition.

In the adult event we also did very well considering a few years back we had no adult teams, this time we had 3 winning 3 Golds and 10 Silver medals.

In the five man Coloured belt team we had 2 sets of players who had to defeat Ayr and Nottingham to meet each other in the final. They both did this after some strong competition from their opponents setting up an all Falkirk final. Although they are team mates they gave each other some hard fights. There had to be winners and for their efforts Ian Hodge Tony Clark and Andy Harrison received Gold with William Ferguson Lee Hesp Sandy Robertson Marek Dzurko and Kenny McQuaide receiving Silver.

The other team event was the Black Belt team, this was only the 2nd competition for our newly formed senior team and they did outstanding, they had to compete against strong opposition from Nottingham to get into the final which they did by winning 3 to 2 against more experienced players. This meant they progressed to the final against the reigning champions Glasgow where unfortunately they lost out on Gold but won a well deserved Silver with matches a lot closer than expected with only a few points separating them from their victors. For their efforts Conan Irvine Kristofer Irvine Ricky Buchanan and Marc Rivett all went home with a Silver. We are looking forward to next year for the rematch.

In the female adult event we had Laura Macdougall competing in the under 67kg category competing against more senior grades she won her 1st two fights convincingly to progress to the final where she won a Silver medal for her efforts. At 16 years old and a Green Belt she did very well to get to the final and has a great future in Taekwondo.

This again was a great achievement, without the help of parents and students it would not be possible to reach these heights! I’d like to thank everyone for their time and dedication which made this event a success.

Back to normal

All training is back to normal, last training days for 2010 are;

Falkirk is Tuesday at Grangemouth High School 7 to 9pm.

Stirling is Wednesday in Raploch Campus and Callander at usual time.

Training starts back in 2011 on Thursday the 6th January.

New Class Starting


Falkirk&Callander receive Best Team Spirit Trophy

This has been a sensational year for the club celebrating 28 years in Falkirk, 3 years in Callander and 1 year in Stirling under the tutelage of Grandmaster Loh 10th Dan Black Belt.
We started the year in April winning the Traditional Taekwondo Association (TTA) championships defeating teams from all over the UK and Ireland winning the championship shield the fourth time in a row see news for details.
In the middle of the year we also succesfully promoted 4 new black belts to join our ever growing team of Black Belts who are key to the continued development of our clubs, Kenny McMahon and Alasdair Cox were promoted
to 1st Dan Black Belts, Anna Holden and Michael Taylor were promoted to Junior Black Belt 1st Poom. This was after attending a 4 hour gruelling grading session under the watchfull eye of Grandmaster Loh.
Recently we competed in the 28th TTA championships where we won 7 Gold, 8 silver and 12 Bronze and receiving a Best Team Spirit trophy for our efforts.
We had some very close contests throughout the day and have some great students young and old within our club who made it another great success.
Top medal winner was Liam Muir 1 Gold and 2 silver for sparring this gives Liam a medal haul of 7 Gold, 4 Silvers and 1 Bronze over a 2 year period which is a major achievement for a 12 year old boy.
This tournament saw Liam overtake the largest 2 year medal hall which was held previously by Conan Irvine with 7 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze and it was Conan’s achievements that gave us our 1st UK Championship title back in 2008.
Other Golds for sparring were awarded to Tony Clark, Scott McCoull, Eilihd Walker and Anna Holden.
The club also won all 3 places in the adult coloured belt category with William Ferguson receiving Gold, Mark McKenny and Sandy Robertson receiving Silver and Bronze respectively.
Kenny McQuade, Kristofer Irvine and Stuart Berrows all received Silver in sparring.
Laura MacDougall, Brian Glennie and Carmen Tran achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively in the patterns competition.
Ross Walker, Ricky Buchanan, Jamie Thomson, Daniel Hesp, Ian Hodge, Conan Irvine, Callum Gray and  Liam Ferguson also recieved Bronze medals for sparring.
Alasdair Cox participated in sparring and patterns events receiving Bronze in both, he also recently received the young coach of the year award from Stirling council.
Tegan O’May the smallest and youngest Girl at 8 years old in the competition won a 2nd successive silver medal against a much taller and heavier opponent this is a great achievement for an 8 year who only started Taekwondo a year ago, she is one to watch in the future.
It has also been a fantastic year for the Traditional Taekwondo Association which started up in Scotland 30 years ago with the 1st club in Cumbernauld a few years later 28 years ago the Falkirk club was opened and still going strong as you can see from our results over the last few years.
We also have clubs in Callander, Grangemouth and Stirling (The Peak and Raploch Campus).
Grandmaster Loh the chief instructor and chairman of the Traditional Taekwondo Association was recently promoted to the 9th Dan Taekwondo Black Belt one of the highest grades you can get in Taekwondo, he is the youngest Taekwondo expert to achieve this and only the 136th person in the world to make this rank, he is the only 9th Dan in the UK, we are honoured to have such a renowned leader to guide us in our Taekwondo journey, congratulations to Grandmaster Loh for his dedication to this art.
If you are interested in coming along to train with our club see our contact page for details.

30 year Anniversary

All this year 2012 it will be 30 years since Grandmaster Loh now a 10th Dan Taekwondo expert opened one of the earliest if not 1st Taekwondo classes in Scotland in Cumbernauld, this class is still going strong today, its also the 28th anniversary of the Falkirk club. So well done to Grandmaster Loh for showing the true Taekwondo Perseverance spirit in keeping these clubs alive.


After Caesar crossed the Rubicon he assumed control of government, he then began extensive reforms of Roman society. He centralised the bureaucracy of the Republic and was eventually proclaimed “dictator in perpetuity”. A group of senators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus, assassinated the dictator on the Ides of March (15 March) 44 BC.

This is what happens when leaders and troops become complacent, once you cross the Rubicon be alert and aware!


A student needs to train consistently, to achieve the high standards within their Taekwondo skill level and health wise. If they do not maintain a consistent training regime they will forget their techniques and poomsae then fall by the way side as others will pass them by.

20th November