Stamford & Oakham Students Training with England
We are very lucky to have a number of individuals that have taken the sport side of TaeKwon Do to the next level and train with the England Squad, some of them have even been selected to be part of the England Teams.
GTUK England Squad training takes place every 3 weeks, and Instructors will select the students whom they believe are capable of keeping up with the pace and intensity. If you are interested in being part of the Squad you should let your Instructor know so as they can make an assessment..
Please see below the students who have already been selected:-
Mr Richard Auciello
England Squad Head Coach
7th Degree Black Belt
1st Degree Black Belt: Oct 1989
2nd Degree Black Belt: Nov 1991
3rd Degree Black Belt: April 1994
4th Degree Black Belt: May 2000
5th Degree Black Belt: Jun 2005
6th Degree Black Belt: Oct 2010
7th Degree Black Belt: May 2015 - Total Training time 34 years
Squad History: Master Auciello was first selected to train with the England Squad in March 1993 and selected for the England Team in Oct 1993 on his first International trip to Russia. He went on to be the England Captain, and the pinnacle of his achievements was winning the World Gold Individual Sparring Title in Rimini in 2000, and World Gold at his return to the International circuit in Coventry in 2013. Master Auciello is currently the Head Coach of a fantastic team of Instructors and students at the GTUK England Squad.
- Bronze Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - European Championship - Moscow, Russia - 1993
- Silver Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - ITF TaeKwon Do Sport Open - Scotland - 1994
- Bronze Trophy in Individual Black Belt Sparring - European Martial Arts Freestyle - Liverpool - 1994
- Silver Medal in Individual Black Belt Patterns - World Championships - Sardinia, Italy - 1995
- Silver Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - European Championships - Scotland-1996
- Silver Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - Intercontinental Champs - St Louis, USA - 1997
- Gold Medal in Team Black Belt Destruction - European Championships - Eishweger, Germany - 1998
- Silver Medal in Individual Black Belt Patterns - Intercontinental Champs - New York, USA - 1999
- Gold Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - World Championships - Rimini, Italy - 2000
- Gold Medal in Individual Black Belt Destruction - World TI Championships - Coventry, England - 2013
- Silver Medal in Individual Black Belt Patterns - World UITF Championships - London, England - 2013
- Bronze Medal in Individual Black Belt Destruction - World UITF Championships - London - 2013
- Undefeated Junior British Champion - 3 years running - Sparring
- 15 x Gold Medals - British National Championships
- 7 x Silver Medals - British National Championships
- 7 x Bronze Medals - British National Championships
- 9 x Trophies for British Jeegoo Team Championships
- First Trophy - British Champion Coloured Belt Sparring - Green Tag - 1986
Miss Sam Berridge
England Squad & Ladies Team Member
3rd Degree Black Belt
Sam started TaeKwon Do in January 1996, primarily because she was bullied at school but also she had seen Bruce Lee on TV and thought - that’s cool and started jumping around to copy! It was also the fact that TaeKwon Do helped her to overcome being shy, lacking confidence and enable her to learn self defence. She went to win Junior of the year in Dec 1996, having had a fantastic start.
1st Degree Black Belt: Sep 1999
2nd Degree Black Belt: Oct 2001
3rd Degree Black Belt: Nov 2010
As a Junior Sam loved nothing more than getting her gloves and boots on to have a spar, and thinks that Instructor Mr Auciello may have had an influence on that, somewhat! Her passion shined through and Sam was selected to train with the England squad in 2001... As an adult things didn't changed and she continues her love of sparring but with it she has a wider appreciation of the art and more focused goals. She aims to compete again internationally as part of the England team, and has plans to open her own club. TaeKwon Do has always helped to increase her confidence and proved to her there is nothing you can’t achieve if you put the work in. Sam says "Taekwon-Do has been part of my life for so long it is part of my make-up, and I continue to meet amazing people through it who are there to support and push you when you need it."
- Bronze Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - ITF Competition - Kettering - 2002
Silver Medal in Individual Black Belt Patterns - ITF England England Squad Trials - Caterham - 2002
Bronze Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - ITF England Squad Trials - Caterham - 2002
Silver Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - BTC Championships - 2002
Bronze Medal in Team Black Belt Sparring - British Team Champs - 2004
Bronze Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - Goodwill International Shield - Scotland -2010
Silver Medal in England Ladies Team Patterns - Goodwill International Shield - Scotland – 2010
Silver Medal in England Ladies Team Sparring - Goodwill International Shield - Scotland – 2010
Bronze Medal in Individual Black Belt Patterns – 5th ITF Open Championships – 2010
Bronze Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring – 5th ITF Open Championships – 2010
Bronze Medal in Individual Black Belt Patterns – 6th ITF Open Championships – 2011
Bronze Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring – 6th ITF Open Championships – 2011
Silver Medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - Scottish Championships - 2011
Silver Medal in International England Ladies Team – Scottish Championships - 2011
- 4 x Gold Medals - British National Championships
- 6 x Silver Medals - British National Championships
- 4 x Bronze Medals - British National Championships
Miss Emily Reeson
England Squad & 2013 Ladies Team Captain
2nd Degree Black Belt
Emily started TaeKwon Do back in 2001 having seen a demo in Stamford which sparked her interest, despite her initial concept that it was a "guys thing"! It was the fact that there were girls/women training which furthered her interest, and she's not looked back since.
Emily says " Tae Kwon Do has massively improved my self confidence, I think I'd be a completely different person without TKD; it's helped me mature and grow as a person. I love that the people you meet in TaeKwon Do become like an extended family and everyone is just so supportive and genuinely amazing. Despite the nervous wreck I turn into, I love competitions - especially when I win - it's the best feeling ever. I think now I've become "an adult", my goals have somewhat changed from when I was a kid. Having been given the chance to compete for England, I've found something new to aim for and being a squad member is something I'm really willing to work for."
A Pass - Black Tag Grading
1st Degree - May 2004
2nd Degree - April 2008
Emily was first selected to train with the GTUK youth squad in 2003, following her successes at competitions. She took time out from the squad to concentrate on her exams, but came back with a bang and new found confidence in 2011. She started training with the senior squad and was selected to represent England as part of the ladies team in May 2011. Emily has maintained her training and presence with the team, and was very proud to be asked to be the Ladies Captain for the World Championships in 2013!
Since that time Emily has taken time out of the competitive circuit as she has been very busy studying away to earn herself an Honours Degree in Paramedic Science! Well done Emily! She has now just started her fist REAL paramedic job in London. We really hope that when things settle down, she come back to training.......
- Bronze medal in Individual Coloured Belt Sparring - National Championships - Kettering - 2003
- Gold medal in Team Coloured Belt Sparring - National Championships - Manchester - 2003
- Gold medal in Team Coloured Belt Patterns - National Championships - Manchester - 2003
- Gold medal in Team Black Belt Sparring - National Championships - Stratford -2005
- Stamford GTUK - Highest Attendance Award - 2005
- Bronze medal in Individual Black Belt Patterns - National Championships - Stratford 2008
- Stamford GTUK Special Achievement Award - 2010
- Silver medal in Individual Black Belt Sparring - National Championships - Coventry - 2011
- Silver medal in International England Ladies Team - Scotland -2011
- To be updated.
Mr Steve Marshall
England Squad & Mens Team Member
1st Degree Black Belt
1st Degree Black Belt: April 2011
History: Steve started Taekwondo in 2008 at the age of 16. Having always enjoyed martial arts in films and games, it was some time before he decided to try it out for himself. However, once he
stepped foot inside the club in Stamford, he never wanted to stop.
When he first started at the club, Steve was a fairly shy person with little confidence in himself or his own abilities. Over time though, with the support and guidance from Mr and Mrs Auciello, as well as the assistant coaches, he started to come out of his shell, developing into confident young man whose abilities reflect this.
Out of all the different parts that are covered in the classes, sparring and destruction are among his favourites, as they serve as ways for him to test his technique. However, self defence holds a particularly important place in his heart, giving him the belief that he can help others if they need it.
Steve has represented England as part of the Mens team on a number of occasions, and shows great signs for the future if he continues to work hard to become a regular part of the team.
- 5 gold medals - British Championships
- 4 silver medals - British Championships
- 4 bronze medals - British Championships
- 2 silver medals - Scottish Championships
- 1 bronze medal - Scottish Championships
- 2 gold medals - Alfreton International Championships
- Stamford Special Achievement Award - 2009
- Stamford Attendance and Commitment Award - 2013
Miss Jessica Auciello
England Squad & Peewee Team Member
1st Degree Black Belt
1st Degree Black Belt: April 2011
1st Degree Black Belt Star 1: May 2012
1st Degree Black Belt Star 2: May 2013 - Highest Pass
1st Degree Black Belt Star 3: October 2014
Squad History: Jessie has been training with the England Squad since she was a Red Belt in 2010 and was proud to be selected to form part of the GTUK England Peewee Team at the Scottish Goodwill Championships in May 2011. She won Gold in the Peewee Sparring and Silver in Peewee Patterns, the team came away with a Silver trophy, she has gone to be a successful part of the England Team in 2012 and 2013, and competed at her first World Championships in 2013, only narrowly losing to the ultimate Gold medallist in Patterns. in 2015 Jessica was selected to represent the Junior Girls (13-17 years) England Team, as at 13 at the time was one of the youngest in the tournament category. The team brought back 2 Bronze medals, and Jessie narrlowly missed out on an individual Bronze medal in patterns, again going out in the quarter finals to the ultimate winner.
- Silver Medal in Coloured Belt Peewee Patterns - Scottish Championships 2008
- Bronze Medal in Coloured Belt Peewee Sparring - British Championships 2008
- Gold Medal in Black Belt Peewee Sparring - Scottish Goodwill Championships 2011
- Silver Medal in Black Belt Peewee Patterns - Scottish Goodwill Championships 2011
- Silver in International England Peewee Team - Scotland 2011
- Gold Medal in Black Belt Peewee Patterns - British Championships 2011
- Silver Medal in Black Belt Peewee Sparring - British Championships 2011
- 1st Place Trophy in England Squad Team Event - British Championships 2011
- To be updated........