Join the GTI Squad

Just to remind everyone, the GTI is sponsoring select individuals to compete in a tournament in Italy next year. This is the first international tournament identified and there will be more to come. All GTI instructors are encouraged to contact Jasper Chow (Squad Leader) to put forward any student who wishes to put themselves forward for selection into the GTI Squad.

The selection criteria is simple

  • Performance at GTI and non-GTI competitions
  • Attendance and performance at Squad sessions
  • Attitude towards Instructors, Squad members and Competitors
  • Future prospects
  • Fitness level
  • Where applicable, black belt and weight

That all, Jasper Chow email is

GTI British Open (Taekwondo Tournament) on Sunday November 23rd

We have pleasure in inviting you to our third Taekwondo Tournament of 2014, the GTI British Open on Sunday November 23rd  at Cheltenham Leisure Centre, Tommy Taylor’s Lane, Cheltenham GL50 4RN. As always we rely on your support and the support of your students who are officials to ensure the day runs to schedule so please encourage them to attend.


Facebook event Pages: has placed limits on the number of people anyone can invite to any event. Therefore we cannot invite all our Facebook friends we have to this event. So please invite yourself and your Taekwondo friends to this event.

Competition Categories
Patterns, Point-Stop and Continuous* sparring categories, including the 40 years and over veteran’s divisions available. (*NB. Yellow & Green – Point-Stop, Blue & Red – Continuous sparring, Black – Both Point-Stop and Continuous sparring available).

3rd Place Awards
There will be two third place awards in all colour belt sparring divisions. In the black belt divisions there will be only one third place decided by a fight-off between the losers of the semi-finals.

If officiating for the day, trainee umpires who also compete get a discount entry fee of £10 and it is free to compete for those who are qualified. Officials should sign in by 9.30am and be present for a quick pre-comp meeting at 9.45am.

Entry Forms
The entry to this event is now fully online however at . It might be a bit of hassle registering the first time you use the online entry website, but it save your details and will make future entries to future events a lot easier.

Closing Date
To ensure there is ample time for the planning of the divisions and draws the closing date will be Saturday 15th November. Late entries will be accepted up until Wednesday 19th November with the addition of a single £10 admin fee added to the total due. No entries will be accepted after midnight on the Wednesday.

Emailing entries:
Please scan and attach completed block entry forms when emailing, with fees payable on the day. Email to Mr. Seamus McGinley at tournaments© (Tel: 07963 065 229)

Postal and email entries:
Send to GTI, Mr. S. McGinley, 4 Woodcrest, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury SY3 5EU or

If you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. McGinley Tel: 07963 065 229

New Black Belt Grading Format

As agreed on at the last AGM, from this October the Black Belt Grading panel will consist of 3 examiners rather than 5 as in the past. The 3 examiners will be rotated between the existing pool of Dan grading examiners and will have at least one 7th Dan in attendance. The reasons for the change is as follows.

  • Tradition: Historically only one person, originally Gen Choi was required to issue a Dan grade. Today, many Masters including GM Rhee Ki Ha, GM Edwin Hopwood and others issue Dan grades without a panel. The reason the GTI had a 5 man grading panel probably made sense at the time it was started but it is not rooted in Taekwondo tradition.
  • Results: For 99.9% of candidates taking their Black belt grading,  it is clear to anyone if the candidate should pass or fail regardless of number of examiners, 3, 5 or 20,  on the grading panel.  For the very rare 0.01% candidate that is borderline, we feel 3 experienced GTI grading examiners are good enough to make the right decision.
  • Logistics.: Trying to set a Dan grading date which is suitable for 5 examiners is tough and offered little flexibility in the event of one or more of the examiners being unable to attend. Rotating examiners means, if a family emergency arose for any examiner, we can call on another to take over. Big relief for the examiners.
  • Flexibility: With only 3 Dan Grading Examiners, it will be easier to setup additional grading dates, at other location, if necessary, during the year than the current only 2 dates a year.
  • Students: We believe most students will not mind how many examiners are on the GTI Grading panel so long as they are acknowledged by the GTI of attaining their new rank and issued an Official GTI Dan Certificate.

Note we can change things again in future if we have to and GTI Dan grading high standards will still be maintained.

GTI Squad to get sponsorship

After a meeting with GTI instructors, it was agreed to substantially sponsor the GTI squad, to a tournament in Rimini, Italy next year. It was also agreed to divert any profits from all future GTI tournaments to the squad for the future events abroad.

The GTI squad is open to all GTI members and details of getting sponsored and the extent of the sponsorship will be published soon. Ultimately you need to be active at GTI tournaments and within the GTI squad but also we want to make sure all clubs, have equal access to the sponsorship fund.

The GTI is non-profit, so any profit are used to support it members. We are committed to supporting GTI members, who would like to take their Taekwondo to the next level, either locally or abroad to the best of our ability.

If you have any questions please contact the GTI Secretary