2019 Annual Awards Night

It’s nearly time to celebrate the successes of 2019.  

Please join us at Hamilton Park Racecourse on Saturday 30th November 2019 for our annual awards party night.

Tickets for the event will cost

  • £32 Adult (13 years and over)
  • £25 Child (4-12 years)
  • Children 3 years and under are free.

The evening will see our awards presentation, Black Belt certificate presentation for any promotions this year, Buffet, Candy Cart, Photo Booth and the famous Magic Pete keeping the kids and the ‘big kids’ entertained.

A deposit of £10 per person is required to secure your space, please use the form below to reserve your seats. Spaces are limited, and strictly on a first come first served basis.

We are also looking into supplying a bus for those travelling from Livingston, if your interested please let us know as soon as you can to allow us to look into some options.

Livingston Summer Timetable 2019

During the summer holidays we run a condensed timetable at the Livingston gym.  Details of which are attached below.

Please note at the moment the Kickboxing class times have still to be confirmed, however the ITF Kids, Little Ninja’s, Kickin’ Kids, ASN and Taekwon-Do will run as per details attached.

We understand that during the holidays you will of course have day trips etc, and at times may miss your normal training sessions, we are very flexible and if you can’t make it one night and wish to catch up another night to suit we are more than happy for you to do so.

If your off on holiday or even a day trip over the summer holidays please don’t forget to send us a picture to our Facebook page of your “Summer Side Kick” and we’ll share them with the page.

Our other venue’s classes are running as normal.

Kids Summer Camps @ GMAC

During the school summer holiday’s, we are holding two Kids Camp’s for our students (siblings are welcome along too). These will run as follows:

  • Week 1: Monday 29th / Tuesday 30th / Wednesday 31st July
  • Week 2: Wednesday 7th / Thursday 8th / Friday 9th August

Details have been emailed out to students, and application forms can be collected at your next class. Please speak with an instructor if you are interested in your child/children attending.

Black Belt Pre-Test – June 2019

Saturday 8th June saw a pre-test for those looking to sit the next promotional grading later in the year. Thank you to guest examiner Master Denholm for overseeing the pre-test, which saw the candidates perform 9 nine patterns, as well as step sparring, self-defence, technical kicking & board breaking.  
They were also put through their paces with sparring against multiple opponents ranging from 2vs1, up to 4vs1 for those aiming to promote to 4th Degree. The senior grades were also given a new element to the testing, to teach and explain thoroughly a technical element of TKD to the other candidates, in this instance step sparring.

Results and feedback will be emailed out in the coming days

2nd Inter Club Competition – June 2019

We held our second inter club competition of the year today, which saw 98 competitors take part in three disciplines; Pattern, Sparring and Special Technique. 

Our competitors aged 8 & under kicked it off first at 10am, after a short introduction and welcome from Mr McIlvaney, they got down to the business of striving to earn themselves some new medals competing against their peers. With the under 8’s finishing 20 mins ahead of schedule the umpires took a well deserved short break and a refuel of coffee, before commencing with the 9-13 age group. We must also mention Mrs Dickson who umpired all day today even though it was her “21st 😉 birthday” today!! We took the opportunity of course for a rendition of HBTY and a cake 🎂, before the second half of today’s competition, and finishing on schedule at 2.30pm 😁

Well done to everyone who took part today, it was a pleasure to watch you all perform to the best of your ability, whilst at all times encouraging team mates and new friends along the way. Whether you won a medal or not today you should be as proud of yourself and we as instructors are of you all. Top effort

We’d also like to thank our senior coloured belts and black belts who gave up their day to help out and encourage you all today. Big 🙌🙌 shout out to you all, as without everyone working together as a team events like these are not possible:

Mr. Andrew Chesworth, Mr. John Munro, Mr. Chris Dickson, Mrs. Kerris Dickson, Mr. Iain O’Hare, Miss. Megan Brown, Mr. Gary McAvoy, Mr. James Murphy, Mrs. Lorna Singleton, Ms. Des Athanasiadou, Mr. Scott Crooks, Miss. Donatella Fargnoli, Miss Jaimie Singleton, Ariana McCarthy, Sam Jones, Lennon McAvoy, Stuart Coombes, Stephanie Peden, Elle Weir, Nali Rahim and Kieran Farrell. Great Job!

And of course to our fundraising team of Lynne Hunter and Chelsea Graham for all your efforts today. 

Winners of the 100 square were:

  • 1st Prize Sophie Hunter
  • 2nd Prize Ella Jamieson


Gallery can be found here.

Bank Holiday – Wishaw Closed 6th May

Our Wishaw classes are off on Monday 6th May due to the closure of the VANL centre for the Bank Holiday.

All other classes are open as normal.

Those who wish to, can catch up the class in Livingston instead.

Livingston Timetable (Monday)

  • Little Ninja’s 5.15pm – 6.00pm
  • Kickin Kid’s 6.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Taekwon-Do 7.00pm – 8.00pm

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Brothers Worlds bound…

The McAvoy brothers head off to the World Championships, as part of the Scotland National Team this coming Monday.

Brothers Hayden and Declan McAvoy, alongside instructor Mr. John McIlvaney

Hayden and Declan, were chosen to represent Scotland at the 2019 ITF World Championships in Inzell, Germany from Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th April.

Hayden has been a member of the National Team for a few campaigns now, and will compete in his second World Championships in the following divisions;

  • Junior Male 1st Degree Pattern
  • Junior Male -56kg Sparring
  • Junior Male Team Sparring
  • Junior Male Team Special Technique

Declan is new to the National Team this year, with his first selection will be representing his country in;

  • Junior Male -50kg Sparring

Over the past 7 months since their selection, both boys have been working hard, attending a number of tournaments both internationally and within the UK to develop and test themselves in the run up to the biggest event on the Taekwon-Do calendar. The build up has went well, with both boys medalling at every event to date.

Pictured alongside Mr. McIlvaney at their last class before the event, the boys received a final sponsorship, of new Doboks as well as financial support to cover some of their costs incurred.

We wish them and their team mates well in their bid to win Gold at the World Championships.

This World Championships will see 1234 athletes from 64 countries take part in this prestigious event. For those who want to catch some of the live-streaming you can follow this link: https://www.sportmartialarts.com/events-list/