Excalibur takes on the GTI Charity 100 Rounds of Sparring!
This year’s charity, as voted for by Excalibur Martial Arts students, is Mind – the mental health charity.
We will be fundraising for Mind by taking part in the GTI Charity 100 Rounds of Sparring event on 10th June 2018.
All senior class students (yellow stripe up to black belts) are welcome to join in the fun (fancy dress encouraged!). If you can’t join us on the day but would like to show your support, please visit our JustGiving page or donate by TEXT – see below!
THANK YOU 🙂
Excalibur Nerf Wars
Saturday 28th April sees the first Excalibur Nerf Wars of 2018. Come and join in the fun! Friends and family welcome! Register via the Facebook page or contact us directly.
GTI North West Open Tournament
Still time to register! Please let us know if you’re available to officiate too!
E:KIT (Excalibur: Kids Into Technology)
E:KIT is supporting the first Bridgnorth Gaming Festival on May 6th (bank holiday weekend) – come along for FREE and join in the retro gaming fun!
Excalibur’s New Instructors
Excalibur is proud to announce that Mr Dave Holloway and Mr Dean Lewis have successfully qualified as GTI Instructors and have been presented with their Instructor Certificates and blue Instructor doboks by Mr McGinley after fulfilling all the necessary criteria to successfully complete the course.
Qualified Referees Join The Excalibur Team
Well done to Mrs Tammy Lewis and Mr Dean Lewis on qualifying as GTI Referees. Photo shows Mr McGinley presenting them with their Certificates.
Wow! 21 Excalibur Black Belts in training!
We’ve just been updating the Excalibur Black Belts page on the website and realised that we have 21 Dan Grade students training with us on a regular basis in April 2018! How awesome is that!? 21 students who have dedicated themselves to years of training and perseverance, fantastic role models for our colour belt students and Junior Dragons!
Dan Grading Achievements!
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Karl and Tammy on their Dan Grading promotions to 2nd and 1st Dan Black Belts respectively at the GTI Black Belt Grading on 8th April 2018. Master Sewell, 7th Dan, Master Cockburn, 7th Dan and Mr Bhadeshia, 6th Dan graded the 4 groups at Master Sewell’s academy.
Coming up in April…
Easter Break – we will be taking a break over the long Easter Bank Holiday weekend, so no training on Good Friday or Easter Saturday!
GTI Colour Belt Grading – March 2018
Please note that the venue will now be BRIDGNORTH ENDOWED LEISURE CENTRE (SMALL HALL). Please check your emails/whatsapp for the latest timetable!
GTI Excalibur Groundwork Seminar – February 2018
Please confirm if you will be attending this valuable seminar with Master Cockburn – black stripes/black belts are strongly encouraged to attend as Groundwork may be in your upcoming GTI Black Belt Grading!
GTI Regional Squad – February 2018
GTI English Open Tournament – January 2018
Congratulations to all the Excalibur Martial Arts students who took part in the GTI English Open in Cheltenham and came back with plenty of hard-earned bling and lots of positive feedback!!!
The medal tally was 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronzes between them 👊👊👊
Monika Cichowska – Gold Sparring & Silver Patterns
Tammy Lewis – Gold Patterns & Silver Sparring
Reilly McGinley – Silver Sparring
Harry Lewis – Bronze Sparring & Bronze Patterns
Seb Young (Julie Rose) – a great performance and lots of confidence gained
Officials: Seamus McGinley, Dean Lewis, Tammy Lewis, Karl Thompson
GTI Black Belt Pre-Grading – January 2018
GTI National Squad Training @ Derby – January 2018
Squad training is open to all GTI members who train regularly at a GTI club. Come along and see what you’re capable of! Train with some of the GTI’s top competitors and improve your physical fitness, technical ability and all-round performance. Fees: £5
Excalibur Kessel Walk – January 2018
This is a New Year tradition, starting with the Excalibur Kessel Walk after classes on the first Saturday back after Christmas. The following week there is the timed Kessel Sprint up the Bypass hill followed the next week by the Kessel Run (the Walk route but done as a run!). A leaderboard shows the progress made annually by students and Instructors!
Excalibur: Star Wars The Last Jedi – December 2017
Join the McGinley Clan at the Excalibur showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Fancy dress encouraged!
Impromptu sledging session at the Bridgnorth Scout Hut Hill after classes – be there or be a snowman!
GTI British Open Tournament – November 2017
Register your entries at gti.wiredma.com – all entries for competitors need to be made online. Spectators pay on the door, on the day. Under 5’s free.
Proud of this bunch!
Excalibur Christmas Party – November 2017
Sign up sheets in class for this year’s Christmas Party! Can’t wait!
Excalibur Frrrright Club
Join us in fancy dress for Excalibur Frrrrright Club on the last Friday of the month! Look at these spookily spectacular Junior Dragons!
GTI Black Belt Grading – October 2017
Fantastic achievements by four brilliant role models at Excalibur Martial Arts. Congratulations to Luke Richardson, 3rd Dan, Connor McGinley, 2nd Dan, Erin McGinley 2nd Dan and Reilly McGinley, 1st Dan!
Excalibur Nerf Wars – October 2017
Welcome Home Champs! – October 2017
The GTI International Squad returned victorious from the Netherlands ITF World Championships!
GTI Colour Belt Grading – September 2017
Excalibur Canoeing – July 2017
GTI Black Belt Pre-Grading – August 2017
GTI Black Belt Patterns Seminar – July 2017
GTI Black Belt Pre-Grading – July 2017
Regional Squad – July 2017
GTI Charity 100 Rounds of Sparring 2017
The Excalibur Team in Cheltenham raising funds for Hope House Children’s Hospice in memory of Matthew
Our crazy crew – Team Excalibur – consisted of (Back row L-R) Karl, Dean, Connor, (photobombing Michael), Seamus, Tig, Erin, Luke (Middle row L-R) Seb, Reilly, George, Dave, Julie (Front row) Amelia! June 2017
GTI Instructors Day
The GTI Instructors Day gave Instructors, Assistant Instructors and potential new recruits enjoying an action packed day with lots of insight from a variety of senior grade GTI Instructors, giving advice on all matters relating to running a Tae Kwon-Do club!
Excalibur Nerf Wars: Rogue 2
The first Excalibur Nerf Wars of 2017 takes place on Saturday 29th April 2017! Be prepared…Rogue 2 is coming!
Excalibur Fight Club… Get ready to rumble!
Get down to Cheltenham for GTI National Squad Training this weekend!
FREE Demo and Taster Session with Excalibur Martial Arts at the Bridgnorth Endowed Leisure Centre Halo Open Day – 22nd April 2017
GTI Regional Squad Training
Open to all GTI students (all grades and all clubs!)
Excalibur welcomes it’s newest Black Belt, Mr Ant Carr, 1st Dan
The first GTI Colour Belt Grading of the year saw Master Betts, 7th Dan, promote Excalibur students to their next grade! Well done all!
Activ8 a Friend and learn to hit like a girl!
GTI Black Belt PreGrading
A fantastic opportunity to train, particularly with the upcoming Black Belt Grading just weeks away!
New Class Timings for Wednesdays!
From March 2017, our Wednesday classes will all be held in the Main Hall – Junior Dragons @ 5.30pm, Senior Class 1 @ 6pm and Senior Class 2 @ 7pm.
GTI Regional Squad Training
Excalibur had it’s biggest ever competitor and support team to date at the GTI English Open tournament in January 2017.
The team comprised of:
Officials – Mr Seamus McGinley, Mr John Bradley and Mr Dean Lewis
Competitors – Luke Richardson, Karl Thompson, Tammy Lewis, Connor McGinley, Tig Lockton, Amelia Miller, Reilly McGinley, Erin McGinley, Seb Young and Phoebe Barker
Supporters – Tony Barker, Julie Rose, Cathy McGinley
Huge congratulations to everyone who took part, supported and/or officiated. Results were as follows:
Tammy Lewis: GOLD in Blue/Red Ladies Patterns, BRONZE in Ladies Sparring
Tig Lockton: SILVER in Blue/Red Ladies Patterns (5th in Ladies Sparring)
Connor McGinley: BRONZE in Black Belt Boys Sparring
Luke Richardson: 4th in Black Belt Cadets Sparring, 4th in Boys Black Belt Patterns
Phoebe Barker: 4th in Girls Blue Belt Patterns and Girls Sparring
Reilly McGinley: Joint 5th in Boys Red Belt/Black Stripe Patterns
Karl Thompson: Joint 5th in Mens Black Belt Patterns
Erin McGinley: Girls Black Belt Patterns
Seb Young: Boys Blue Belt Patterns
Amelia Miller: Girls Green Belt Pattens
Time for the 2017 Excalibur Kessel Run
GTI raises over £4,800 in 2016!
Master Cockburn and Mr McGinley had the privilege of delivering a cheque for £2,710 to Leicester Hospital’s Leukaemia Unit before Christmas. The money was raised through various fundraising events including the annual GTI 100 x 1 min Rounds of Sparring, 22 mile Bridgnorth Walk, a Lego Brick ‘Fire Walk’ and collection buckets/tins at other events. Particular thanks go out to the students of GTI Hinckley, GTI Excalibur Martial Arts (GTI Bridgnorth A) and Mr Colin Parker (GTI Crewe).
The GTI Charity 100 Rounds of Sparring 2016 also raised an additional £2,096.30 from other GTI clubs, totaling a whopping £4,806.30 raised by GTI students in 2016! An amazing achievement – well done everyone!
Castlefields School Summer Fayre Demo
11th June 2016
We had a fantastic time at the Summer Fayre demo – come rain and shine!
Lots of photos from the day can be found HERE
GTI Colour Belt Grading
5th June 2016
14 Excalibur students graded under Master Cockburn, 7th Dan, at the Severn Centre, Highley. We are proud of each and every one of them for their promotions to their next belts. Congratulations!
Bridgnorth Walk #TeamExcalibur
30th May 2016
Excalibur Nerf Wars
14th May 2016
GTI Charity 100 Rounds of Sparring
8th May 2016
Excalibur Kickshield Jump Challenge!
22nd April 2016
Excalibur’s James Seymour keeps the kickshield challenge title, clearing an amazing 10 kickshields in one jump!
GTI Black Belt Grading
10th April 2016
For more photos, visit our Photo Gallery 🙂
Excalibur Charity Lego Fire Walk
30th October 2015
GTI British Open Championships
1st November 2015
A fantastic tournament and fun for everyone! Open to Yellow Stripes and above. Please come along as a competitor, supporter/spectator or help out as an Official! See Seamus or Cathy in class for further details.
On Top Of The World! GTI Black Belt Grading
11th October 2015
***Erin McGinley – (Junior) 1st Dan Black Belt***
***Dave Holloway – 1st Dan Black Belt***
***Declan Kearney – 1st Dan Black Belt***
We are over the moon to confirm that all our students who took their Black Belt gradings this weekend were successful, adding three new First Dan Black Belts to the Excalibur ranks… Woohoo!!!
Excalibur Nunchucks & Bo Staff Seminar
3rd October 2015
See Seamus or Cathy if you’d like to attend either of the seminars 🙂
Excalibur Fight Club
25th September 2015
GTI Colour Belt Grading @ Severn Centre, Highley
20th September 2015
12 September 2015
5th September 2015
All students welcome to join in the fun and demos – great music, great atmosphere!
Click on the poster below for full details 🙂
GTI National Open Tournament Success for Team Excalibur
Team Excalibur comprised of Mr McGinley, Mr John Bradley, Mr Tom Bradley, Mr Connor McGinley, Erin McGinley, Reilly McGinley, Grace Corbett, Nathan Corbett and Toni Bennett who supported the May 2015 tournament as Umpires, Officials and Competitors.
Miss Grace Corbett took Silver in the Girl’s Blue/Red Belt Sparring Light Heavy division with tough competitors.
Mr Tom Bradley took Bronze in his first Tournament in the Men’s division, sparring in the Men’s Black Belt Middleweight division against older and more experienced competitors.
Mr Toni Bennett took Bronze in the Men’s Veterans Blue/Red Belt Sparring division – a division that is growing in popularity for adult competitors.
Erin narrowly missed out by 0.1 points to more experienced competitors in Girls Red Belt Patterns, but gave an excellent performance, with first and third place going to GTI Squad members! Reilly also narrowly missed out on 4th place in a very large category! Nathan and Connor both gave strong performances and gained valuable experience in their divisions, picking up tips for their next competitions.
Congratulations to everyone who competed or supported the GTI Tournament as Officials and helped to make it such a fantastic event!
Matthew & Matthew are promoted to Junior Black Belt Rank!
Excalibur students Matthew Lawer and Matthew Hodgkins added to the growing complement of Excalibur Black Belts, having successfully being promoted to the rank of Junior Black Belt by the GTI Black Belt Grading Panel in Derby.
Congratulations to both of them and their families on this fantastic achievement 🙂
£711.50 raised for Team Excalibur’s Charity of 2015: YoungMinds
Thank you to everybody who was involved with Team Excalibur’s choice of charity, YoungMinds, for the GTI Charity 100 Rounds of Sparring last month… you raised a whopping £711.50 altogether 🙂
GTI Charity Event – 100 Rounds of Sparring (or 100 minutes of Patterns!)
Sponsor Forms for the GTI Charity Event are now available to download from the Student Zone on the website – or can be collected in class. If you can’t participate in the event, please make sure you sponsor someone who is or visit our fundraising page:
This year, we are proud to be raising money for the charity Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk
Excalibur Revels Challenge – April 2015
A bit of fun after an Easter Egg-stravaganza at Excalibur 🙂
Excalibur Nerf Wars: The Peacekeeper Wars
Excalibur Nerf Wars: The Peacekeeper Wars will take place THIS SATURDAY from 1pm to 3pm in the Main Hall at Bridgnorth Leisure Centre. A snack and drink will be provided at ‘half time’ and the cost per person is £6.
As usual, students, friends, family, neighbours etc. (age 5+) are all welcome – children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. Adults are just big kids, so yes, you can join in too! However, please note that this is a family event and parents remain responsible for the safety of their children at all times.
Eye protection MUST be worn at all times in the firing zone (in the form of sunglasses, safety glasses/goggles or swimming goggles). Long sleeved tops are recommended for juniors, as Nerf darts can ‘sting’!
NO EYE PROTECTION = NO NERF!
You supply your own Nerf Guns (please note that automatic/battery operated Nerf guns are not allowed, as they constantly jam, break and take up all the ammo!) – and we supply the ammo in the form of – orange ‘Whistle/Tag’ darts, blue ‘Elite’ darts and green ‘Vortex’ discs. If you wish to bring any other form of Nerf Gun to the party, please see myself or Seamus this week 🙂
If you have any large cardboard boxes/bike boxes lurking in your shed or garage, or can get hold of some this week, please let us know as we will be collecting boxes all week ready for Saturday!
A sign up sheet will be available in class on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, or you can text/email/Facebook us to confirm attendance.
GTI Umpires & Referees Course
Open to all GTI red belt and above students aged 16+ (but also see notes below for exceptions)
Cost: £50 per person (includes certificate and polo shirt upon satisfactory completion of tournament practicals)
Reduced cost of £20 for those not eligible to undertake the full Referees & Umpires Course yet (i.e. due to grade and/or age), but wish to learn more about official’s roles in supporting tournaments (scribing, timekeeping, event administration etc.) in order to help out at future GTI tournaments – this would particularly benefit junior black belts and adult colour belt senior grades.
All participants are welcome to stay on for a Sparring Session after the class where you can put your newly learned skills to the test!
Buffet and bar to follow after the Sparring Session! 🙂
Click on the poster to enlarge:
More Medal Success for Excalibur
Excalibur (GTI Bridgnorth A) GTI English Open Tournament superstars, Miss Ellie Petch and Mr Tom Bradley 🙂
Ellie won Silver in the Girls Blue/Red Cadet Division for Continuous Sparring against very tough opposition with a fantastic show of sparring and determination.
Tom won two Bronzes with a brilliant display of talent in both Boys Black Belt Cadets Divisions for Continuous and Point-Stop Sparring.
Needless to say we’re fantastically proud of all our students who compete (and help out) at tournaments and competitions, and it’s great when they get to bring home such fantastic results! Go Excalibur 😉
Excalibur @ Bridgnorth Children’s Festival 2014
Breaking demonstrations at Bridgnorth Children’s Festival 2014
Excalibur Ice Bucket Challenge – August 2014
#IceBucketChallenge with Mr Holloway and Mr McGinley