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NAME: Bruce Lapthorn

GRADE: 5th Degree Black Belt

AFFILIATED TO: B.L.T.S.A. (British Liberated Tae Kwon-Do Schools Alliance)

GRADINGS

  • 1st Degree Black Belt - 25.04.1998
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt - 30.04.2000
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt - 13.04.2003
  • 4th Degree Black Belt - 22.04.2007
  • 5th Degree Black Belt - 02.06.2013
  • QUALIFICATIONS
  • Assistant Instructor - May 1998
  • Umpire - 25.07.1999
  • Full Instructor - 11.11.2001
  • Referee - 01.02.2003
  • Fully DBS Enhanced checked 11.08.2016 (Disclosure & Barring Service)
  • First Aid Trained 18.12.2016 (Appointed Persons)
  • Sports Coach UK - Safeguarding & Protecting Children - 23.09.2015

Hi, I am a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon-Do. I first started training in martial arts back in 1991 in a free style Tae Kwon-Do club. This was a mix of Tae Kwon-Do, Kung-Fu, Kick-Boxing and Boxing with other stuff thrown in. I trained for three years in this and achieved my Blue Belt. I left when the club became more Kick-Boxing orientated, to follow a more traditional style of Tae Kwon-Do, and joined the T.A.G.B. under Mr Mark Farnham. This offered me more challenges and interested me further, especially with all the patterns and techniques there were to learn.

I started teaching Tae Kwon-Do in June 1998 at the Bury St Edmunds Club, under Mr Farnham. On the 8th January 2002 Haverhill Club was started and by March 2004 Newmarket Club was up and running. I soon realised that teaching was what I enjoyed most and started to take steps towards doing this full time.

On the 15th of August 2006 I finally took full control of Haverhill School, thus it became the first of the B.L. TAE KWON-DO SCHOOLS.

In the January of 2011, after growing to 6 schools and over 200 members, it was decided by the senior instructors that we should leave the TAGB and become Independent. This would enable us to be in control of everything we do and offer our students a better service all round.

The BLTSA was formed to offer other groups that want to join a non-political alliance, a place to go, help with insurance and any other requirements to run their school effectively etc.

'The only way is up' they say, so up is where we are going!!

I hope to pass my knowledge on to many more students for years to come, and see them grow with Tae Kwon-Do like I have. To enjoy its benefits and also pass on their knowledge to others.

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Over the past 23 years of competing: Total so far 136

  • 2nd - Veterans Sparring - PUMA English Open Championships 2018
  • 3rd - Senior Patterns - PUMA English Open Championships 2018
  • 3rd - Veterans Sparring - LTSI PURE Open Championships 2018
  • 3rd - Veterans Patterns - LTSI PURE Open Championships 2018
  • 2nd - Veterans Sparring - LTSI South East Open Championships 2018
  • 1st - Destruction - GTI English Open Championships 2018
  • 1st - Veterans Sparring - GTI English Open Championships 2018
  • 2nd - Senior Patterns - Lone Wolf Winter Championships 2018
  • 3rd - Veterans Sparring - Lone Wolf Winter Championships 2018
  • 1st - Destruction - GTI British Open Championships 2017
  • 2nd - Patterns - GTI British Open Championships 2017
  • 2nd - Veterans Sparring - LTSI English Open Championships 2017
  • 2nd - Veterans Sparring - East Midlands Invitational Championships 2017
  • 2nd - Veterans Patterns - East Midlands Invitational Championships 2017
  • 1st - Special technique - East Midlands Invitational Championships 2017
  • 2nd - Veterans Sparring - LTSI South East Open Championships 2017
  • 1st - Veterans Sparring - LTSI English Open Championships 2016
  • 1st - Destruction - Lone Wolf Winter Championships 2016
  • 1st - Veterans Sparring - Lone Wolf Winter Championships 2016
  • 3rd - Veterans Patterns - Lone Wolf Winter Championships 2016
  • 1st - Sparring (point-stop) - TKD Explosion Open Championships 2016
  • 3rd - Veterans Sparring - LTSI English Open Championships 2015
  • 1st - Veterans Sparring - East Midlands Invitational 2015
  • 2nd - Veterans Patterns - East Midlands Invitational 2015
  • 3rd - Veterans Sparring - LTSI 12th South East Open 2015
  • 2nd - Veterans Sparring - TKD Explosion Open Championships 2014
  • 2nd - Patterns - TKD Explosion Open Championships 2014
  • 2nd - Veterans Sparring - LTSI English Open Championships 2014
  • 1st - Veterans Sparring - East Midlands Invitational 2014
  • 2nd - Veterans Patterns - East Midlands Invitational 2014
  • 1st - Team Pattern - LTSI 11th South East Open Championships 2014
  • 2nd - Veterans Sparring - GTI English Open Championships 2014
  • GTI Mens Black Belt Patterns Competitor of the Year 2012/2013
  • 3rd - Veterans Sparring -TKD Explosion Open Championships 2013
  • 2nd - Veterans Sparring - GTI British Open Championships 2013
  • 3rd - Sparring (continuous) - GTI British Open Championships 2013
  • 3rd - Sparring (point-stop) - GTI British Open Championships 2013
  • 2nd - Veterans Sparring - LTSI English Open Championships 2013
  • 3rd - Team Pattern - LTSI English Open Championships 2013
  • 2nd - Patterns - GTI National Open Championships 2013
  • 3rd - Sparring - GTI National Open Championships 2013
  • 3rd - Veterans Sparring - GTI National Open Championships 2013
  • 2nd - Sparring - LTSI South East Open Championships 2013
  • 3rd - Team Pattern - LTSI South East Open Championships 2013
  • 2nd - Patterns - GTI English Open Championships 2013
  • 2nd - Sparring - LTSI English Open Championships 2012
  • 3rd - Patterns - LTSI English Open Championships 2012
  • 1st - Patterns - GTI National Open Championships 2012
  • GTI Mens Black Belt Patterns Competitor of the year 2011/2012
  • 3rd - Sparring - LTSI South East London Open Championships 2012
  • 2nd - Patterns - GTI English Open Championships 2012
  • 2nd - Patterns - GTI British Open Championships 2011
  • 2nd - Patterns - GTI National Open Championships 2011
  • 2nd - Sparring (continuous) - GTI National Open Championships 2011
  • 3rd - Sparring (point-stop) - GTI National Open Championships 2011
  • 2nd - Patterns - LTSI South East London Open Championships 2011
  • 3rd- Sparring - LTSI South East London Open Championships 2011
  • 1st - Destruction (Hand & Foot) - GTI English Open Championships 2011
  • 2nd - Patterns - GTI English Open Championships 2011
  • 2nd - Sparring - South East Area Championships 2010
  • 2nd - Team Sparring - South East Area Championships 2010
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - North Midlands Area Championships 2010
  • 1st - Patterns - Inter-Club Championships 2010 (London Area)
  • 2nd - Team Patterns - Inter-Club Championships 2010 (London Area)
  • 2nd - Team Sparring - Inter-Club Championships 2010 (London Area)
  • 1st - Patterns - Midlands Area Championships 2010
  • 3rd - Team Sparring - Welsh Championships 2010
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - South Midlands Area Championships 2010
  • 3rd - Sparring - South Midlands Area Championships 2010
  • 2nd - Patterns - Lincolnshire Inter-Club Championships 2009
  • 3rd - Sparring - Lincolnshire Inter-Club Championships 2009
  • 1st - Destruction (Hand) - Lincolnshire Inter-Club Championships 2009
  • 1st - Team Patterns - Lincolnshire Inter-club Championships 2009
  • 2nd - Team Sparring - Lincolnshire Inter-club Championships 2009
  • 1st - Patterns - South East Area Championships 2009
  • 3rd - Sparring - South East Area Championships 2009
  • 1st - Team Patterns - South East Area Championships 2009
  • 1st - Team Sparring - South East Area Championships 2009
  • 1st - Patterns - Inter-Club Championships 2009 (London Area)
  • 2nd - Sparring - Inter-Club Championships 2009 (London Area)
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Inter-Club Championships 2009 (London Area)
  • 1st - Destruction (Hand) - Inter-Club Championships 2009 (London Area)
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - North Midlands Area Championships 2009
  • 2nd - Sparring - North Midlands Area Championships 2009
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Midlands Area Championships 2009
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - English Championships 2009
  • 2nd - Patterns - English Championships 2009
  • 3rd - Sparring - English Championships 2009
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - South Midlands Area Championships 2009
  • 3rd - Sparring - South East Championships 2008
  • 2nd - Patterns - South East Championships 2008
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - South East Championships 2008
  • 3rd - Sparring - Inter-School Championships 2008 (Kings Lynn)
  • 2nd - Patterns - Inter-School Championships 2008 (Kings Lynn)
  • 1st - Team Sparring - Inter-School Championships 2008 (Kings Lynn)
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Inter-School Champioships 2008 (Kings Lynn)
  • 1st - Destruction (Hand) - Inter-School Championships 2008 (Kings Lynn)
  • 3rd - Sparring - Lincolnshire Inter-Club Championships 2008
  • 2nd - Patterns - Lincolnshire Inter-Club Championships 2008
  • 1st - Destruction (Hand) - Lincolnshire Inter-Club Championships 2008
  • 3rd - Sparring - Scottish Championships 2008
  • 3rd - Patterns - North Midlands Area Championships 2008
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - North Midlands Area Championships 2008
  • 1st - Destruction (Hand) - Inter-Club Championships 2008 (London Area)
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Inter-Club Championships 2008 (London Area)
  • 2nd - Sparring - Midlands Area Championships 2008
  • 3rd - Sparring - English Championships 2008
  • 2nd - Patterns - Inter-school Championships 2007 (Kings Lynn)
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Inter-school Championships 2007 (Kings Lynn)
  • 2nd - Sparring - Lincolnshire Inter-Club Championships 2007
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Lincolnshire Inter-Club Championships 2007
  • 2nd - Patterns - South East Area Championships 2007
  • 3rd - Sparring - North Midlands Area Championships 2007
  • 3rd - Patterns - Inter Club Championships 2007 (London Area)
  • 1st - Destruction (Hand) - Inter Club Championships 2007 (London Area)
  • 3rd - Sparring - Scottish Championships 2006
  • 1st - Destruction (Hand) - Inter-school Championships 2006 (Kings Lynn)
  • 3rd - Patterns - Inter-school Championships 2006 (Kings Lynn)
  • 1st - Sparring - Inter-school Championships 2006 (Kings Lynn)
  • 3rd - Sparring - Northern Ireland Championships 2006
  • 3rd - Sparring - North Midlands Area Championships 2005
  • 2nd - Patterns - Inter-school Championships 2005 (Kings Lynn)
  • 1st - Destruction (Hand) - Inter-school Championships 2005 (Kings Lynn)
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Northern Ireland Championships 2005
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Midlands Area Championships 2005
  • 2nd - Sparring - Inter-school Championships 2004 (Kings Lynn)
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Inter-school Championships 2004 (Kings Lynn)
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Scottish Championships 2004
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - Northern Ireland Championships 2004
  • 1st - Destruction (Foot) - English Championships 2004
  • 3rd - Sparring - South Midlands Area Championships 2002
  • Inter-school student of the year - runner up 1997
  • 2nd - Sparring - East Anglian Championships 1996
  • 2nd - Sparring - 7th East of England Championships 1995
  • 3rd - Sparring - North Midlands Area Championships 1995
  • 2nd - Patterns - North Midlands Area Championships 1995

Me breaking with a right reverse knife hand at the GTI British Championships 2017.
This is one of the 5 breaks required to win the Gold medal.

Me attempting a 360 degree jumping reverse side kick at the English Championships 2005

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