All the news ... 2011

New BB Promotions

Congratulations to Mr Dan Woodward and Mr Paul Hudson who successfully graded under First Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha for their II Dan & I Dan (respectively). Pictured Above with FGMR and instructor Mr Don Ward II Dan.

Success at the London Open Championships
Congratulations to Alfie Stribling who won Bronze in sparring and Dan Woodward who won Silver in Patterns at the London Open Championships.

For details on forthcoming competitions & to enter online go to:-

Many congratulations from everyone at Abingdon TKD to Julian Munford & Michele Connor on their promotion to 3rd kup by Master Andrew Rhee in Sydney, Australia recently. Well done both!


Many congratulations from everyone at Abingdon TKD to Jasmin Blakeley on her promotion to 1st degree Black Belt by Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha on 5th September. Well done Jasmin

Didcot 25 yrs
Didcot celebrated 25yrs with a visit from Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha on Sunday 6th June at Willowbrook Leisure Centre, Didcot.

Master Gary Miller was promoted to VIII Dan Senior Master (Sonim Shayun).

See photos from the day here>>>

2011 Awards
Student of the Year 2011 went to a well deserved Mr Paul Hudson 1 Dan.

Tenet Certificates went to
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Courtesy – Jason Knight
Integrity – Alfie Stribling
Self Control – Geoff Rowland
Perseverance – Felicity Miles
Indomitable Spirit – Calum Lynch

New Instructor takes over at Abingdon
You may or may not be aware that the Instructor of Abingdon TKD Mr. Gary Pattinson is moving to Norfolk and that I have been appointed as the new instructor. My name is Mr. Don Ward 2nd Dan, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I began my TKD career, and continue training today under the tutelage of Senior Master Gary Miller VIII Dan at RTA Didcot. I am extremely proud to have been given the chance to become the 5th resident Instructor of Abingdon TKD since its foundation in the mid 1970’s.

It can be a difficult period of transition whenever a new instructor is appointed to an already established class. Each and every one of us is programmed to the methods and mannerisms of the instructor we begin with. All I ask is that you give me time to get to know you all, and in turn you get to know me and the ways I teach. I give you my commitment that I will do my utmost to ensure that your training in TKD will be conducted with your well being in mind and to the best of my ability. I have the full support of Mr. Gary Pattinson V Dan as he embarks on his next adventure, and SM Miller - who has offered extra support with teaching in class whenever possible.

Training times remain unchanged – Wednesday 7pm– 9pm and Sunday 10.30am–12 pm. I look forward to seeing you in class again soon.

Yours in Taekwon-Do

Don Ward
II Dan Instructor

Message from Gary Pattinson V Degree
Wednesday the 29th of June was my last lesson as the Instructor of Abingdon TKD prior to moving out of the area.

Bearing in mind that I have been part of Abingdon TaeKwon – Do for over 21 years, initially as a student & then as the Instructor the decision to do this was not easy & not without a great deal of soul searching.

I would like to thank all current & former students of the class & for their support over the years & also Senior Master Gary Miller VIII & Mr Tony Hampson V for their much appreciated camaraderie as part of the Oxford Area.

To the current students of Abingdon TKD please accept my gratitude for the unexpected farewell gift which means more to me than I can put into words & for the kind words that many of you said following my last lesson. My life in TaeKwon – Do has not finished, it is just being relocated & once the dust has settled following my move to Norfolk I will be opening a class there & look forward to seeing everyone at forthcoming UKTA events.

I have no doubt that under the instruction of Mr Don Ward II the class will go from strength to strength & I extend my best wishes to him for the future.

Finally could I ask everyone whom I have taught to spare a thought for my Instructor, the late Mr Michael Miller IV without who I would not have started Taekwon-Do. It was always my intention that his spirit would live on in the way that I have taught TaeKwon-Do & I hope that at least in some small way I have achieved this.

Tae Kwon
Gary Pattinson V Degree