Black Belt Grading Results

The first black belt grading of the year was held on Saturday 6th April, at our Livingston facility. The exam was conducted by the grading panel consisting of:

  • Grand Master Tom MacCallum IX Degree
  • Mr. John McIlvaney VI Degree
  • Mrs. Gillian McIlvaney V Degree
  • Mr. John Munro IV Degree
  • Mr. Christopher Dickson IV Degree
  • Mrs. Kerris Dickson IV Degree

The candidates exam was as always split in to two sections, with the first being their theory test. This was completed on Wednesday evening, with all successfully passing that stage, allowing them to go forward to the practical exam.

The practical exam began with nine coloured belt patterns for those looking to promote to 1st Degree, and six coloured belt, and three 1st Degree Patterns for the candidate grading to 2nd Degree. After the patterns were put through their paces with numerous bouts of 1 step sparring, free sparring, 2 vs 1 sparring, as well as self defence and kicking techniques. The last stage of the grading sees the candidates complete ten board breaks using a varying range of kicking and hand techniques, as well as a jumping technique or multiple target technique they have prepared in advance.

After the three and a half hour exam, we are please to announce the following promotions:

  • Miss. Niamh Kellachan – 1st Degree
  • Mr. Ben Melrose – 1st Degree
  • Mr. Callum Gilchrist – 1st Degree
  • Mr. Declan Laird – 1st Degree
  • Miss. Despina Athanasiadou – 1st Degree
  • Mrs. Lorna Singleton – 2nd Degree

After the grading the candidates along with the examination panel and those black belts who came along in support of the candidates had a traditional celebratory meal at a local Chinese restaurant.

Scottish Champions

The 2019 Scottish National Championships were held recently at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell. The two day event, attracted 464 competitors from 27 schools, and was the first inclusive national championships, featuring divisions for those competitors with additional support needs.

GMAC had 65 students taking part over the course of the weekend, with those 13 years and under competing on Saturday, and those 14 years and over on the Sunday, as well as our ASN competitors. Our juniors got off to a terrific start, led by our small team of coloured belt coaches; winning 17 Gold, 9 Silver and 12 Bronze on day one. The Sunday saw the team collect a further 22 Gold, 23 Silver, 15 Bronze, surpassing last years medal haul to once again become overall Scottish Champions.

TOTAL MEDAL TALLY: 39 GOLD – 32 SILVER – 27 BRONZE

Additionally we had two competitors become Overall Champion in their respective age categories;

Ava Millar – Under 7 years Female

James Watson – 18 -35 years Male

A full list of medals winners can be found here.

2018 Awards Winners

We held our annual awards night to celebrate the success of 2018 recently. The evening was spent at the Almondvale Suite, in Livingston’s Football Stadium, with just over 200 of the students, and their families gathering to celebrate.

The evening kicked off with a drinks reception and family photos with Photography by Jason Kimmings. Before a video presentation of the awards nominees and winners, with each of the instructors presenting the awards, alongside our special guests Grand Master MacCallum IX and Mr. A. Chesworth VI. The last presentation was black belt certificates for those who successfully promoted during the past year.

A summary of the awards winners can be found below, alongside the runners up.

STUDENT OF THE YEAR
2018
Livingston WinnerRunner UpRunner Up
ITF KidsAmber SafianSophie GallacherAnika Sidana
Little Ninja – Class 1Oliver CrooksBrian GreenHarry Dundas
Little Ninja – Class 2Nathan FarrellMarcel KawcyzkCatherine
Maciver
Kickin’ Kids – Class 1Jayden ForsythHarris HarvieElla Park
Kickin’ Kids – Class 2Jakub KrugJunaid AbbasJake Sher
Junior Taekwon-Do –
Beginners
Donald LewisAbby RobertsonAlekzy
Pastuszka
Junior Taekwon-Do –
Advanced
Ariana
McCarthy
Donatella
Fargnoli
Sophie Hunter
Senior Taekwon-Do Allan FarrellDes
Anathasiadou
Scott
Crookston
Junior KickboxingEthan McEwanBrian DowellOliwia Loza
Senior KickboxingDorota
Ungeuheur
Kenny McDonaldLynne Prowse
Junior ASNThomas ReapeJason SeathIzzak Bridge
Senior ASNBradley
McKenzie
Mary SeathKaren Smith
Uddingston
Little NinjaRhys FraserMia McCroryCarson
Marshall
Kickin’ KidsWilliam
Graham
Keeva LynchHelen
McEneny
Junior Taekwon-DoKayleigh SprottDavid ScottBen
McSeveney
Senior Taekwon-DoJamie
Simmonette
Graham BurnsCallum
Gilchrist
Junior KickboxingJack VanceMegan CrosbyJohn Docherty
Senior KickboxingLorna
Geoghans
Scott GoodmanJohn Mitchell
Wishaw
Little NinjaPoppy
Thomson
Christopher
McGuire
Dylan
Williamson
Kickin’ KidsJamie CoombesEthan MasseyCharlotte
Daly
Junior Taekwon-Do Hope CurrieAbbie MungallSam Jones
Senior Taekwon-DoEllie WeirLauren WatsonMarcin Puzio
COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR
2018
LivingstonWinner
Taekwon-Do
Junior Under 13 years
Sophie Hunter
Taekwon-Do
Teens 14 – 17 years
Donatella Fagnoli
Taekwon-Do
Senior 18 years & over
Des
Anathasiadou
Kickboxing
Junior Under 13 years
Oliwia Loza
Kickboxing
Senior 18 years & over
Steven Mair
Uddingston
Taekwon-Do
Junior Under 13 years
Sharon Shaw
Taekwon-Do
Teens 14 – 17 years
Adam Hackett
Taekwon-Do
Senior 18 years & over
Jamie
Simmonette
Kickboxing
Junior Under 13 years
John Docherty
Kickboxing
Senior 18 years & over
none
Boxing Andrew
McKenzie
Wishaw
Taekwon-Do
Junior Under 13 years
Kaity Weir
Taekwon-Do
Teens 14 – 17 years
Jaimie
Singleton
Taekwon-Do
Senior 18 years & over
Kieran Cain
TENET AWARDS 2018
LivingstonWinner
Indomnitable SpiritIsa Haq
Uddingston
Indomnitable SpiritColin Cupples
Wishaw
IntegrityEthan Massey
PerseverancePauline Penrice

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.

A gallery of the official pictures from the evening can be found here

Keep your eyes open – we’ll soon be announcing our 2019 awards evening, giving plenty of notice.

News updates

So its been a pretty busy few weeks during February, we hadn’t had time to update the website fully as yet.

We’ve had a first aid course, four competitions, a child protection course, our awards night, different training sessions, and today our Interclub competition. Wow!!

Please bear with us as we catch up with some news items over the next few days. Sorry in advance is we spam your inboxes and social media with our posts!

ITF Child Protection Course Report

ITF Scotland held the first of this years Child Protection Courses at the Scottish Martial Arts Centre in Alloa on Sunday 24th February 2019.

The Introductory Course (Level 1), was presented by Mrs. Angela Barrie, ITFS’s Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer. The morning’s course saw the 36 participants work together in a workshop type format, initially discussing what Safeguarding and Child Protection are, with Mrs. Barrie offering information as to the processes of the Child Protection system in Scotland, and the role that Disclosure Scotland, and the PVG Scheme play in keeping our children safe as well as promoting safe practice within our roles as Taekwon-Do instructors.

The participants were split into small working groups, and given a number of scenarios to discuss, and put forward what should be the best practise in each of those situations. This also gave an opportunity for Mrs. Barrie to answer any questions surrounding current legislation and law.

On conclusion of the course, the participants were issued with their certificates valid for the next two years. 

We’d like to thank Mrs. Barrie for her time in presenting todays course, and look forward to the next one in September (date to be confirmed). The next course will cover Safeguarding within Social Media and Internet/Online.

Also thank you to Mr. Paterson and S.M.A.C. for hosting the event.

Pictured alongside the group are GMAC instructors who took part; Mr. John McIlvaney, Mrs. Gillian McIlvaney, Mr. Kieran Cain and Mr. George Russell.

WKU Competition Results

February 24th saw our team of kick boxers attending the WKU Edinburgh Open. Fantastic Performances from everyone, with personal goals set in advance and achieved on the day.

Stephanie Peden – Gold 🥇

Lynne Prowse – Silver 🥈

Anna Levitzka – Bronze 🥉

Ryan Shaw – Bronze 🥉

Brian Dowell – Bronze 🥉


Katie Drummond Amazing Performance!!! Just Missed out on the Bronze Medal

Coaches are all proud and blown away by the team work!!

50th year Celebrations!

The instructors attended a Surprise event for Grand Master MacCallum soon 16th February. The event was organised by Mr. Condie in honour of Grand Master MacCallum’s 50th year in Taekwon-Do. A huge milestone!

There was some sneaky covert operations to keep everything under wraps, with Mr. McIlvaney taking a rather strange detour to get “petrol”, whilst Mrs. McIlvaney stealthily collected Mrs. MacCallum before the evenings celebrations. This took the form of a very entertaining “This is Your Life” presentation from his son Struan, and a short question and answer session, and celebratory meal.

It was a pleasure to attend the evening event, which also attracted a number of Masters from Scotland, England as well as Grand Master Weiller from Germany attending.