Master Ali, European International Police Martial Arts Federation President, invited the CEO of IPMF, Grandmaster John Deuk Moo Hur, to Harrogate to hold an official meeting with the Harrogate Mayor, Bernard Batemen, and Mayoress Linda Bateman, regarding proposals of the introduction of IPMF self defence program to North Yorkshire Police, local security forces and branches of the armed forces within North Yorkshire.
Meetings were held at the Harrogate Council on Friday 23rd of November and were also attended by IPMF Vice President Grandmaster Don Wortman, who had travelled from Los Angeles, United Statesto support the proposals been presented by Master Kambiz and Master Hur (who had also himself travelled to Harrogate from South Korea) in hopes expanding the IPMF Self Defence program to the UK.
The proposals presented to the Mayor regard the introduction of proficient military grade self defence to North Yorkshire police and local branches of the Ministry of Defence in order to improve the standard of personal protection skills among local law enforcement and armed forces. If successful IPMF Programs will come to such organisations and enable military and law enforcement to receive more extensive training in the crucial skills of personal protection.
We have had a fantastic couple of days training at the first International police martial arts federation self defence seminar in Harrogate & London. We would like to give huge thanks to GM Hur and GM Don for coming from the US and South Korea to teach this amazing seminar. We would also like to thank our dear mayor and mayoress for attending the seminar and kindly presenting the awards and certificates to those training at the seminar. We have really enjoyed the opportunity to practice with the best in self defense.
In addition to the two seminars, we have met with Harrogate Borough Council and Andrew Jones MP to discuss expansion of the IPMF curriculum across the UK – watch this space for more details!
Earlier this month, KTA hosted a grading which included a whole host of new students grading from white belt. Everyone performed very well and passed on a day which was followed by more success at the Bradford 1-2-1 event.
All our fighters won, with Jacob & Miles winning gold and Maksymilian, Ben, Maxence, Alex, James, Charlotte & Tyler won silver, all showing grit and determination in all their fights.
Team GB, recently went to the 3rd Open TKDSAC Championships & had a spectacular performance. Master Kambiz won a silver in U50 Dan Pair and +31 Dan Team Events for Team GB. Aaron Leith also won a bronze in the 18+ freestyle Poomsae event for Harrogate KTA. To top it all, Overall Team GB came 1st, making them the overall champions at this event, Team GB also secured the Trophies for top Dan Male Poomsae Player and top Dan female Poomsae player.
Last weekend, Master Ali took Aaron, Oscar, Amelia and Alex to Manchester to compete in the first UTA Manchester Open Poomsae Championships.
The team returned with 2 Gold and 3 Silver medals, and also helped out at the event by refereeing throughout the day.
The team are now looking to prepare for the National Championships in December, held in London, as the club would like to take the biggest, strongest team possible to defend their ongoing success on the national stage.
Last weekend we took some new fighters to Liverpool for the NTC 1-2-1 event. Ben, Alastair, Alex & Aaron all competed, winning 3 silver and 1 gold medals between them. Ben was especially impressive, showing an admirable determination against a much more experienced opponent.