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Taekwondo competitors great start to 2019

Falkirk and Callander Taekwondo club had a great start to 2019 at the recent british Taekwondo championships held by the Traditional Taekwondo Association led byGrandmaster TK Loh.
We had some new young competitors competing for the first time and they allenjoyed the experience.
We won Silver medal in the team poomsae event where Areti Lymperopoulou won medalswith her daughter Artemis McIntyre and Ruby Morrison. Areti also won Silver in the adultfemale team sparring event along with team mates Dilyana Radulova and Holly Rivett.
For sparring brothers Rhys and Jacob Clark won Gold medals in their respective weight category,Ross Duff also won Gold in the children’s sparring event.In the female individual sparring Toni Kent won Gold and Emily Aitkenhead won Silver.
Overall we received 4 Golds and 7 Silvers, winning best team spirit for our efforts.
Our club trains 4 days a week in Falkirk and Callander, all new students are welcome tocome along and give Taekwondo a try. Contact Duncan on 07713 193841 or email
Here is a photo of our competitors with Duncan Irvine chief instructor of Callander and Falkirk clubs along with Grandmaster T.K.Loh the head of the Traditional Taekwondo Association.

From L to R: Duncan Irvine, Areti Lymperopoulou, Toni Kent, Rhys Clark, Samarjit Santhosh, Ruby Morrison and Artemis Mcintyre holding our trophy, Emily Aitkenhead, Ross Duff, Jacob Clark and Grandmaster TK Loh.

Taekwondo on a High 2018/2019

Callander and Falkirk Taekwondo club had a great end to 2018 with our youngsters winning multiple medals at the 36th annual British Taekwondo Championships held in Glasgow by the TTA.

Our competitors achieved 4 Golds 2 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals.

Aaron Connelly had a gruelling final bout to win the junior male sparring event he is a young man with great potential to excel in Taekwondo. 

The junior female sparring event went to Alex Tweedie who had 2 tough fights to win Gold, she beat fellow club member Emily Aitkenhead who achieved Bronze for her first sparring event, Emily also just missed out on a medal for the patterns event.

Eva Morrison won Gold in the female cadet event this is her 4th consecutive Gold in competition, each year she gets stronger and stronger at these events.

Brothers Jacob and Rhys Clark had close fights just losing by a few points they received a Bronze and Silver medal respectively for their effort. Rhys has great potential for future success in competitions and has a great relaxed attitude to his Taekwondo challenges.

Matthew Johnston had a few tough fights winning his final in the last 5 seconds of the bout with an accurate axe kick to win by 1 point.

Toni Kent competed in sparring and patterns winning Silver and Bronze respectively.
Another end of the year bonus for our club was 2 new Junior Black Belts Alex Tweedie and Samarjit Santhosh as well as 2 new Junior 2nd Dan Black Belts Aaron Connelly and Fred Murray.

Our club trains 4 days a week in Callander and Falkirk, all new students are welcome to come along and give Taekwondo a try. Contact Duncan Irvine 07713 193841 or email Come and join us in our 2019 challenges!

Class 11 Nov 2017


2017 another great year

This is our 35th year in Falkirk and another great year for our established club:

At the recent November 34th TTA individual national Taekwondo championships held by Grandmaster TK Loh we had a large haul of medals a lot coming from our new intake of students. We also won best team spirit trophy again, showing what a committed team we have and a close club community.

The medal winners are as follows;
For patterns we claimed 6 Gold medals and 2 Bronze.
Golds were awarded to Ryan O’Dea, Toni Kent, Emily Aitkenhead, Areti Lymperopoulou
Matthew Johnston and Rhys Clark.
Bronze Tony Clark and Santhosh Kumar.
For sparring we claimed 4 Golds 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.
Golds were awarded to Conan Irvine, Eva Morrison, Matthew Johnston and Fred Murray.
Silver awarded to Tom McCulloch.
Bronze Jacob Clark, Gary Hamilton and Samarjit Santhosh
Also worth a mention is Alexander Stewart who had an experience fight to prepare him
for the next competition.
Early on in the year Matthew and Eva won Gold in sparring at the team championships in April.
Club instructor Conan Irvine was competing for the first time in a few years
and showed he has not lost any of his drive and skills. He had 2 tough fights
to take the Gold medal leading his students from the front.
He is a great inspiration to the children he teaches, now 24 years old he started Taekwondo when he was 5 and teaching since he was 14 he shows the true spirit of Taekwondo in all he does in life. He is a true inspirational leader.
A message from 1st time competitor Toni 10 years old:
I was very excited on the day and was not nervous because the training I had been given before hand prepared me well.
I knew exactly what my pattern was and wish I did the sparring as well.
I enjoyed watching the other competitors, I’m looking forward to the next  competition.
Falkirk Taekwondo trains in Falkirk and Callander

2016 successes

Falkirk Taekwondo had another successful year in sparring competitions
across Europe.
We started the year in Belgium at the international open
challenge cup, followed by England national open competitions in May and September.
These events use the same electronic systems as in the Olympics
and are a great development path for future elite athletes in Taekwondo.
We also competed in 2 Traditional Taekwondo national competitions
in Scotland held by Grandmaster Loh in May and November.
Our students did a great job representing Scotland in these events and had
some tough opponents during their travels, they are all better for the experience
and will continue to develop their skills in Taekwondo.
For our efforts we gained 10 Gold 9 Silver and 2 Bronze medals plus 2 Team spirit trophies.
Our medal winners are
Elisha Shaw 4 Golds
Jamie Thomson 1 Gold 1 Silver 1 Bronze
John-Jo Paterson 1 Gold 1 Silver
Rory Sneddon 1 Gold 3 Silver
Eva Morrison 1 Gold 1 Silver
Gary Hamilton 1 Gold
Matthew Johnston 1 Gold
Tom McCulloch 1 Silver
Father and Son:
Samarjit Santhosh 1 Silver 1 Bronze
Santhosh Kumar 1 Silver
Falkirk Taekwondo training is in Graeme High School Falkirk on Tuesday/Thursday
and Callander Wednesday/Saturday we welcome any new student who would like to develop their self defence skills and build confidence in all they do.

Triple celebration for Falkirk Taekwondo Club

A great year for Falkirk/Callander Taekwondo club now 33 years in Falkirk!

To start with we recently had 12 students sitting a gruelling 4 hour Black Belt test covering patterns sparring and breaking techniques.

The test was governed by Grandmaster Loh 9th Dan Taekwondo expert who is the
founder of Traditional Taekwondo Association in the UK.

Our students covered adults and children levels.
William Ferguson and Matthias Schmautz passed their senior 1st Dan, Scott McCoull successfully passed his 2nd Dan.
Our children girls had a successful day with the following all passing their 1st Poom (Junior Black Belt); Jessica Naylor, Lauren Duffy, Charlotte Hesp, Anna McCoull and Alana Tinlin.
The boys also did very well with John-Jo Paterson, Jamie Thomson and Rory Sneddon
all passing their 2nd Poom (Junior 2nd Dan) and Gary Hamilton passing his 1st Poom.

Thats not all we have to celebrate as recently we competed in the Taekwondo national team Championships in Glasgow where we won Gold Medals for Rory Sneddon, Jamie Thomson, Elisha Shaw and Jamie Farquhar, Silver medals for Conan Irvine, Kristofer Irvine, Liam Muir, Alex Tweedie, Gary Hamilton and Bronze medals for John-Jo Paterson, Erin Mullen, Caitlin Harrison
and Emily Fyffe.

The icing on the cake for the club was 3 of our instructors Conan Irvine, Kristofer Irvine along with Liam Muir having had a great international season.
The pinnacle representing Scotland in the Commonwealth Games where Liam brought home a Bronze medal with plans to represent Scotland again in 2016.


Liam had a fantastic day at the British Nationals in Manchester winning all his 3 fights convincingly, afterwards he met up with Lutalo Muhammad from team GB.

Callander Cup 2014

Some photo’s from the Callander cup held at Mclaren leisure centre in 2014, all participants had a great day and the event was well supported by parents and friends.

Belgium open Medals

At the recent Taekwondo open international competition in Belgium Conan Irvine gained his first Bronze medal after competing in his 2nd international event he did very well to win his first fight, just losing out in his 2nd fight by a few points.

Liam Muir and Kristofer Irvine also competed and both competitors done very well at the event for the first time and lost by a few points in very close matches.

I am sure their experience will benefit them and the club in the long term.

Falkirk Taekwondo Club win UK Championship for the 8th time!!

Another fantastic competition for the club winning the UK championship for the
8th time coming away with a mixture of 14 Golds, 14 Silvers and 9 Bronze.
This competition was a mixture of 14 patterns and 23 sparring medals competing
against teams from Scotland England and Ireland.

Our Taekwondo girls won 4 Golds, Abby Robertson the youngest of the
competitors done great, sisters Aimee and Calia Gilmour done very well and
Elisha Shaw won another to add to her growing collection.

The girls also added 4 Silvers, Samantha Gordon done very well for her first competition
and will be better for the experience, Laura MacDougall, Elisha Shaw and Emily Fyffe
won the other Silvers.
Aimee Gilmour Emily Fyffe and Rebecca Shaw won Bronze to make it a great end to
their day.

The boys again had a strong competition winning 10 Golds with Alasdair Cox, Conan Irvine, Dylan McCormick
Gary Hamilton (2), Jamie Thomson, John-Jo Paterson and Liam Muir (2), Lewis Witherspoon
also won his first Gold showing that perseverance will get you the benefits after coming
close in his previous competitions.

For the Silver medals (10 in total) brothers Aaron and Vincent Connelly done well to win, Alasdair Cox
Conan Irvine (2), Dylan McCormick and Rory Sneddon (2) as well as Christopher Hudson (2) bringing back the Silverware with a smile on their faces.

Lastly we won a total of 9 Bronze with Kristofer Irvine winning 2 Aaron Connelly, Aimee Gilmour, Emily Fyffe, John-Jo Paterson, Jamie Thomson, Rebecca shaw and Vincent Connelly winning the rest.

Each student deserves a special mention here as they all showed true Taekwondo spirit
and tenacity to get the results they deserve.

Again it was a fantastic day for all involved, we have a great family friendly club who work together
to give us the successes we get, without the support of all the parents it would not be possible. Thanks!
to all of you and enjoy the festive break ahead.

This year we also saw Mark Doyle Ricky Buchanan and Laura MacDougall get their 1st Dan Black Belts,
we also have new Junior Black Belts Rory Sneddon, John-Jo Paterson and Daniel Hesp, Alasdair Cox
received his 2nd Dan as well.

With the commonwealth games around the corner we have a number of potential stars
who are in with a good chance of fighting for Scotland, watch this space.