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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 duncirvine@gmail.com.
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 duncirvine@gmail.com. Come and join us in our 2019 challenges!

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

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.

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.

Raploch Class started

Had the 1st night teaching in the Raploch Stirling last night, session was well attended new students seemed to enjoy the experience, next session is the 20th October.