Harrogate KTA at the 2018 Taekwondo Hanmadang – Jeju, South Korea

Over the Summer break, Master Ali, Ghazal and Aaron traveled to South Korea to compete in the 2018 Taekwondo Hanmadang.

The three met up in Seoul, after Master Ali visited the Kukkiwon headquarters, and then traveled on to Jeju a day before registration to enjoy the island.

Once registered, the team ate dinner on the eve of the opening day with other competitors, notably the President of Belgian Taekwondo.

During the 4 day competition, Master Ali competed in the Individual Poomsae & Knife Hand Break, narrowly missing out on the final of both events.

Aaron also missed out on the finals in the Knife Hand Break, and the High Jump Kick Break; as did Master Chris Maguire in the Speed Hand Break event.

Ghazal unfortunately had to pull out of the finals for the All Round Breaking & High Jump Kick Break through injury.

After the competition concluded, Aaron returned home and Master Ali and Ghazal continued on to Japan for their well-deserved holiday.

Below are a selection of the photographs taken by the team.

3rd Mayor Cup Open Poomsae Championships – March 2019

It’s our pleasure to invite you back to Harrogate for our 3rd Mayor Cup Open Poomsae Championships.

A date has been set for the competition: Saturday 2nd March 2019 at Rossett Sports Centre, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9JP

Registration will open soon here: https://www.poomsae-reg.com

Deadline for entries is Sunday 11th February 2019.

If you are an International or National referee, please contact Grandmaster T W Shin, 9th Dan, by email tongwanshin@gmail.com to register. Please also copy admin@harrogatetaekwondo.co.uk to book free hotel room.

Harrogate KTA Organising committee.

GM Kang Seminars Canada – October 2018

Golden Taekwondo Academy Present

1st Canadian International Poomsae Seminar with GM Ik Pil Kang

For very first time there will be 2 Seminars in Canada, held at 10077 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7


Poomsae seminar times.

  • Saturday 6th October 2018  open to all grades
  • Sunday 7th October 2018 Black belt only
  • Special Master only Workshop, Sunday 7th October 2018

Each day will include 2 sessions.

  • Morning 9:00 – 12:00
  • Afternoon 13:00 – 16:00
  • There will also be a special Masters only Workshop on Sunday 7th October between 17:30 and 20:30 (5th Dan and over only)

Note: every 60 minutes there will be a 5 minute break.



  • One full day $100 (National Players: $90)
  • Two full days $180 (National Players $160)
  • Master only Workshop $140
  • National Coach Free!


Important! After 31st August 2018, all prices for each session will be increased by $20

Application form (PLEASE fill in the form once per student):

Interested Sessions

Special Masters Only Workshop (Sunday 7th October 5:30 - 8:30 - )

After submitting the form you will receive an invoice via email.

* The organisers take no responsibility for any loss or damage to possessions or individuals.

Harrogate KTA Takes Away Silver Medal at Inaugural Welsh International Championships

Harrogate KTA founder and 6th Dan Master Kambiz R Ali attended the 1st International Welsh Taekwondo Championships in Cardiff this weekend, which was held at the Sport Wales International Centre. Master Ali attended the competition with just one student, eager and ready to compete in the event on Sunday 1st of July in the home of Double Olympic Gold Medalist Jade Jones. Master Paul Jones, the organiser of the championships, invited Master Ali to provide medals for the event, to which Master Ali did to an excellent standard. Medalists at the championships were very pleased with the medal quality. Team KTA fighter, Aaron Leith, won a silver medal at the championships, just losing out on gold against a far more experienced fighter. Master Ali was very pleased with the outcome of the competition and had this to say:

This has been a really enjoyable weekend for us, we have had a great time competing at the Wales International Championships and enjoyed ourselves in Cardiff. We still have a lot of work to do over July though, we have a grading next Saturday, we are competing at the London International championships the following weekend and then we have the World Taekwondo Hanmadang championships in South Korea which is going to be a very important competition for us. I want to extend my gratitude to Master Paul and his team for organising the championships this weekend, it has been a huge success and he should be very proud, me and my team really enjoyed it.

If you are interested in learning Taekwondo, we offer Taekwondo classes to people from as young 3 years old. You can contact Master Ali with the following details:
mobile:07944 988806
email: masterali@harrogatetaekwondo.co.uk

First IPMF Poomsae Application & Self Defence Workshop – November 2018

Harrogate KTA Presents

1st IPMF Poomsae Application & Self Defence Workshop

Grandmaster Deuk Moo Hur (Kukkiwon Self Defence Instructor) for self defence is assisted by Master K.R.Ali for Poomsae.

IPMF Seminar in Great Britain for the first time, also the first in Europe!

  • Saturday 24th November 2018 in, Northern England (Harrogate), England
  • Sunday 25th November 2018 in London

Each day will include 2 sessions (morning and afternoon).

  • 9:30-10:00 registration
  • Morning Session 10:00 – 12:45 open to all ages
  • 12:45-13:30 certificate ceremony and VIP from Embassy (TBC)
  • Afternoon Session 13:30 – 16:30 12+ only
  • 16:30-17:00 certificate ceremony and end time

Note: every 60 minutes there will be a 5 minute break.

Important! The address of the London seminar has been changed to: Seymour Leisure Centre, Seymour Place, London, W1H 5TJ


  • One session £30
  • Two sessions £50

Special Offer to KTA Students!

  • One session: £25
  • Two sessions: £40

Note: Clubs with more than five students attending will be able to bring one instructor for free.

Interested Sessions

* The organisers take no responsibility for any loss or damage to possessions or individuals.

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