History of Preesall Taekwondo Club
On this page you will find information on the club. I will start with the history and work along the timeline until the present day. If anybody who looks at this website and has any old pictures from the club, gala's which taekwondo is in, please feel free to email them, and I will include them on this website.
The club first opened in 1980, (I don't know who at this time the instructors were). The club opened in a wooden hall, at St Oswald's Church Hall, Lancaster Road, Preesall. Over the number of years the club grew and new Instructors took over.
One of the Instructors in 1982 was a
gentleman call Mick Jordan, who ran the club with the help of Master I
In Feb 1990 age the age of 10 I started Taekwondo in the new hall at St Oswald's Church. If I remember that night there was approx. 25 new junior students started with myself. The Instructor who was running the junior session at the time was a gentleman called Ian Ross. When I started Ian Ross was a 3rd Dan Black Belt, and since then he has passed his gradings and obtained his Master Grade within Taekwondo. In 2011 the Wyre Taekwondo Associates were pleased to award Master I Ross with his 7th Dan. Today Grand Master Ross is the club advisor of both Preesall, Hambleton Taekwondo Club's.
Grand Master Ross became instructor of both the senior and junior classes as Master Jordan passed the club over to Master Ross, as Master Jordan was now looking to go back to his roots from the army and was re studying his ju-jitsu (Today Master Jordan is a 7th Dan Grand Master in Taekwondo). Grand Master Ross was now running both sessions the seniors and juniors on the Monday and Thursday nights.
Both before and after I gained my black belt I was being taught to teach within the club. This grew in time taking 30mins here and there, growing on to a full session etc, helping out at gradings, competitions etc. A number of years later, Grand Master Ross passed the club over to myself, at this time I had just obtained my 4th Dan and become a Master Grade.
Up to the present day the club is run by myself and with the help of all the current Instructor of the club. (Without them it would be hard work), and also with the input and view from the students.
The last number years the clubs has been busy, working toward different things etc. The club is proud to say that we have obtained the following awards:-AMA - Accredited Coach / Instructor - Master R Alderton - Chief Instructor of Preesall Taekwondo Club
AMA - Accredited Coach / Instructor - Master G Jackson. - Instructor of Preesall Taekwondo Club
Since obtaining the above awards in 2007, I am pleased to say that we have renewed, without any problem in 2009 and in Feb 2011. The club is also currently helping James Jackson to obtain his AMA – Accredited Coach / Instructor Certificate. I am hoping this will be completed by the end of May 2011. James has now passed his AMA - Accredited Coach / Instructor and got his certificated in Feb 2011.
Preesall Taekwondo Club joined the UKTDC (United Taekwondo Development Council). The Instructors of the club felt this was the right thing to do, as it offered us a number of things such as courses, competitions, seminars. We have been on a number of the courses and at competitions hosted by them, and they have been worth while and go to go on.
Roland Alderton, who is the main Instructor of Preesall Taekwondo Club has been working on a NVQ in Active Leadership and Instructing; this is to add to there number of other qualifications, within Taekwondo, and passed this in 2011.
2012 Was a busy year, with some of the students training with Andy Norman, Richard Bustillo (Bruce Lee's first training Partner) and with a number of competitions, as well as the Kup and Dan Grading. The club also completed the local Gala's and did a demonstration at the church hall. The club also had a couple of visits from Primal Martial Arts, to go through self defence, etc at a different level. Pictures of some of the events can be found in the Gallery Page.
2013 So far has been a busy year, with the club attending Freespirts "Robbie Wright" Patter Competition, another visit from Primal Martial Arts, (this was to show a student that "Slaps" do work. The club has also has had a number of gradings this year, attended the local Gala's and also attended the UKTDC Seminar in May. In May the club also became members of the BTA (British Taekwondo Association). Two students from the club attended Twin Tigers Taekwondo Club in Scunthorpe for a Fighting, Pattern and destruction competitions. Preesall Taekwondo Club also has completed an sponsored kick event for North West Air Ambulance and raised £115.00.
Preesall Taekwondo clubs students have again attend a number of BTA Events such as 1st Kup to Black Belt technical training session, a Seminar from Grand Master Roy Kilner on Self Defence, and in October a Fighting and Pattern Competition which was run by Soul Taekwondo Club. Ashley and Master Alderton attended the Martial Arts Expo Event in Oct at Coventry, were they trained with Master Ken from the you tube "Enter the Dojo" as well as meeting Alex Reid and a few other people in the martial arts. October also saw Master Alderton promoted to Grand Master (7th Dan), by Grand Master R Kilner 8th Dan (President of the BTA). November was another packed month with students attending Seminar with GM Richard Bustillo, training with the BTA. December was a quite month as we were finishing on the 16th for Xmas. However, this month saw Mr John Darlington award the Student of the Year award, with Rosie Rainford as runner up, James Jackson was awarded Instructor of the year and a number of other students were award trophies, certificates, badges and medals for the year. The 16th Dec saw our fun night with games and food provided.
2014 - Sunday the 5th Jan saw the first seminar of the BTA a Sparring Seminar with Master Darren Kilner. The club opened it doors for the new year on the 6th Jan, for the first session of the year. Already GM Alderton has a list of events for the year head. (These can be found on our Calendar). We have attended Competitions, Seminars, and spend a Weekend at Skipsea Sands. The whole year was full of other items such as gradings, which a number of students entered and obtained there new belts and some obtained there Black Belt. The Year was rounded of with a Presentation evening with a number of students winning awards and badges for their outstanding contributions to the club and Taekwondo Clubs.
2015 - In 2015, the Instructors and students attend and number of events of the years, along with the Grading, that was arranged. February saw GM Alderton, go along to Garstang Taekwondo Club, to help out George Gauld of Primal Martial Arts.
In April GM Alderton attended a seminar with Chloe and Grace Bruce, this was held at Cleveleys Taekwondo Club.
In June the Club celebrated 35 years of being opened in 1980. This was attended by Grand Masters, Masters, Instructors and Students of the Club along with friends of the Club. A Cake was made by one of the students, also in June and July Preesall Taekwondo Club Instructors and Students attended and walk around Stalmine and Preesall Gala.
In September saw GM Alderton attend the BTA Autumn Break at Skipsea Sands, the event was over 3 days, training on the Sat and Sunday. The events allowed all the Instructors and Students learn different things, and also different styles. Instruction was given from Grand Master downwards. This is an Event that should not be missed. Also in September GM Alderton along with John Darlington attended a Seminar with GM Richard Bustillo. The event was held in Coventry under the Way of the Spiritual Warrior Club run by Tony Pillage. The event work on Knife and Stick work, again this was and event not to miss. Finally John Darlington, and GM Alderton attended the AMA Instructors Course held in October.
2016 - There are a number of events in the pipeline and will be reported on as and when they happen. In April 2016, saw the club leave the UKTDC and the BTC. The club decided to hold it all Kup Grading within our own Association, however, all black belt grading will be conducted under the British Taekwondo Association. GM Alderton went up to Yong Kwan Taekwondo Club at Timmon Grange, were GM Roy Kilner was teaching a seminar to the clubs students, this was a bit of a surprise as both GM Kilner and Master Ian Foster, did not know GM Alderton was attending. This surprise went down very well, and both GM Kilner and Master Foster, were pleased.
In July the club saw Mya and Jake enter the Mount Taekwondo Clubs, first Taekwondo Sparring and Patterns Competition, held at Fleetwood. The event was very well done. The club is pleased to announce that Mya came away with two trophies, for wining both of her fight, and Jake was a runner up. However both were winners as they had taken part in the event. Well done to the both of you.
June & July saw the club attending both Stalmine and Preesall Gala's. Thank you to all the student who attended both Gala's. GM Alderton attend the BTA Black Tie Event held in July at Scunthorpe, the event was a nice night and everybody who attended seemed to enjoy them selves.
In September GM Alderton, Mr Darlington and the Leonard's family attended the Autumn Camp hosted by Twin Tigers at Skipsea Sands. The event was based on previous idea. The room was split in to four areas, and the students were allowed to choose between them. Both Mr Darlington and GM Alderton both took a session teaching, and pleased to say both went down extremely well.
In October, 3 students took there next grading, and we were delighted to say that all students passed. They were Jake promoted to 7th Kup, Melissa promoted to 6th Kup and Mya promoted to 5th Kup. Congratulation to you all.
Also in October Mr John Darlington, attended the Black Belt grading held under the British Taekwondo Association, John was going for his 4th Dan. John lined up on the floor and was asked by GM Kilner 8th Dan (President of the BTA) to take the floor for the grading. John did this without a problem (even though on the way home he did say that he was very nervous doing it). The Grading panel consisted of 4 Grand Master Ranks and 7 Master Grades. After the grading was finished GM Kilner announced that all the students had passed their gradings. Therefore John was promoted to Master John Darlington 4th Dan, his certificates were present by GM Kilner and the panel.
After the BTA grading GM Kilner call for a Committee meeting to induct all the Grand Master, Master, Instructors and parent who were invited to attend on to the committee. The club was please to receive two positions on the committee. GM Alderton became Vice Chairman and Master Darlington became a member on the Hall of Fame Committee. A full list of who's who can be found on the BTA Page on this website, and photos can be found in the Photo Gallery 2016. Information was also given to the committee member about the 50th Celebration of both the BTA and also GM Trent. A weekend training in Great Yarmouth in May 2017.
October saw GM Alderton attended a Seminar hosted by Garstang Taekwondo Club (ITF), who were hosting Grace and Chloe Bruce, better know as the Bruce Sisters. The seminar was held by Grace, as Chloe was still filming abroad. GM Alderton enjoyed the day. The club also welcomed a new member.
2017 started with the first session on Monday 9th January. The club this year so far managed to obtain the 5 Star Award from the BTA and UFKKA Association, also the black belts of the club were awarded there WAKO Certificate, ranging from 3rd Dan to 7th Dan. See our picture Gallery for the above pictures.
January saw a student who has been training with us for a number of years, so a sad night as she was leaving us to, Mya and her family was leaving the area and moving to New Zealand. On Mya's last night GM Alderton promoted Mya to 4th Kup Blue Belt as a Thank you to her for support and dedication she had put in over the years training.
The club also received a 5 star club award from the UFKKA, this was down to GM Alderton proving that the club had a number of policies in place. A copy of the certificate is located on the Clubs notice board at the church hall.
May 2017 saw the BTA 50th Anniversary Training Weekend which was held in Great Yarmouth. The event was well attended over the two day with approx 250 people, in total. GM Alderton and Master Darlington attended the event, and both had a great time. There was a number of seminars over the two day being took by GM 10th Dans, 8th Dans, 7th Dans, to name a few. The Saturday saw the first Hall of Fame Awards, and again the number in attendance was in the high hundreds. The night was enjoyed and the atmosphere was one of joy and happiness. The two club instructors, both received awards on the night. Master Darlington received, "Services to the Association" and GM Alderton received, "Long Service", both awards were certificates and also a Medal engraved with the events details. The end of may saw GM Alderton being invited to be come a AMA Taekwondo representative.
July &August saw the club walk around Preesall and Knott End Gala, it was the first time that ALL the students of the club were in attendance. GM Alderton received his Kukkiwon Certificate for his 4th Dan. The club change the number of nights from having two sessions a week to one, this due to a couple of reasons. However the club still looking to recruit new and past members, and who know Monday nights might come back.