UK ITF Scotland seminar with GM Nicholls
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On the 21 st of May 2016 the UK ITF Scotland held a Taekwon-Do and Pro Taekwon Kickboxing
seminar conducted by GM Nicholls, Mr Reece Nicholls & Mr Jamie McAvoy and assisted by local
instructors Mr Brad Robertson and Mr Gavin Robertson. Students from the UK ITF’s Queen Margaret
University and Dunbar classes had been eagerly looking forward to this event for months.
For all of the students of both disciplines this was an unmissable opportunity to be trained and
coached by GM Nicholls and four of the UK ITF’s internationally recognised and accomplished
The first part of the day began early with GM Nicholls addressing the assembled Taekwon-Do
students, acknowledging the commitment and focus of its instructors, students and parents to
encourage continuity of the martial art within the UK.
After an honest and insightful opening to the day GM Nicholls began the seminar by moving through
fundamental exercises, demonstrating correct technique and application when performing front,
turning and sidekicks. This was replicated utilising inner and outer forearm blocks at low, middle and
high sections. Throughout this session GM Nicholls encouraged the students to ask questions and
seek confirmation on anything they were unsure of from either himself or the very capable
instructors assisting him, this created a relaxed atmosphere that promoted progressive learning at a
pace that suited all the students.
A small break was taken to allow the students to rehydrate and don their sparring equipment for the
next stage of their Taekwon-Do learning experience, sparring.
Mr Reece Nicholls led the sparring session utilising the other instructors to demonstrate techniques,
combinations, distance, timing and movement, all of which have contributed to the instructors
present being domestic, international and world champions. The demonstrations also allowed the
students to observe what good looks like when an individual works hard and commits to practice.
This clearly made an impact on the students as they eagerly practiced the demonstrated techniques
under the watchful eye of the instructors. As is often the case
the first part of the days seminar drew to a close and was concluded by GM Nicholls addressing the
exhausted but invigorated class, thanking everyone for their participation and enthusiasm during the
After a short break to allow the Taekwon-Do students to get pictures taken with GM Nicholls and the
other instructors, the Pro Taekwon Kickboxing students prepared for the second part of the day.
This was led by Mr Jamie McAvoy, again ably assisted by the instructors present. After a warm up &
stretch Mr McAvoy put the students through a series of defensive, offensive and back foot
techniques, with the main emphasis on movement, to encourage and practice ring craft. The
students were then paired up to put the techniques and combinations into practice against an
opponent with everyone being encouraged to practice with different students to gauge their
effectiveness and to fine tune their defences, this kept everyone on their toes and alert.
After a quick opportunity to rehydrate the students moved into sparring mode utilising everything
they had learned and for many it had been 4 hours of continuous training & learning, but they
pushed through delivering 100% effort right to the conclusion of the seminar.
GM Nichols addressed the students for the last time to round off a very successful and eventful day,
leaving the students to ponder the many techniques and advice provided by the very experienced
and talented instructors present.
The UK ITF Scotland instructors and students would like to thank GM Nicholls, Mr Reece Nicholls &
Mr Jamie McAvoy for sharing their experience, energy and enthusiasm throughout the day.
Written by: UK ITF Scotland - 16th June 2016
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