Groton VT – Blue Wave

Mr. Russell Tinkham

Mr. Michael Davidson is our lead instructor. Mr. Davidson has studied under Master Tinkham for 13 years.

After the passing of our former teacher and founder of our Groton gym Master Russell Tinkham, and the sudden loss of Master David Elder, Master Tom Robinson (Master Tinkham’s teacher)has been an active supporter and an ongoing mentor.

As Master Tinkham is well missed, we plan on using the same basic teaching method and continuing with our gym the same family orientated, safe, fun, high energy class as he ran it. “TKD is a great stress reliever and a great self-esteem booster. It is a solitary pursuit and in other ways, the sport helps build relationships.”

Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Indomitable, and Spirit Self-Control

The gym starts out with a warm-up to stretch and get the heart pumping, or we occasionally play games like paddle ball to start the night. Then we move onto the technical part of class, kicks, hand techniques, and forms. Every class is different. One night forms, and basics, the next night paddle kicking, sparring drills, and a sparring match or two.

The class runs as one whole group, or breaks into groups along with working with students one on one. We welcome a variety of ages or if you have a physical limitation, don’t let that discourage you from participating. Sometimes five is old enough and at times ten isn’t. Everyone is different. We love family, parents unsure if their child is ready? Join with them, “the sport helps build relationships”. Too old, no. “it is a solitary pursuit”. There is no time limit on reaching your own goals.

What do you need for your first night to start? Comfortable clothing, water and a desire to have fun and meet new people as you learn new skills.

Blue Wave Taekwondo holds an annual Summer and Winter camp that all surrounding gyms are welcomed to attend. The camp week-ends bring in many Taekwondo seminars, board breaking, sparring, forms. Paddle kicking drills, along with many other choices. There are also instructors that introduce PDR-self defence, ground fighting, women's self-defence, and other activities. These seminars are also carried through our gyms as well.

Blue Wave has eleven gyms located throughout Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Virginia. The Blue Wave Association practices the Olympic recognized sport of Taekwondo, led by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) with Kukkiwon certified instructors and black belts.

Instructor Mr. Michael Davidson
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number Susan Barber at (802)-439-6493
Gym Address Groton Community Building
Main Street (Rt 302)
Groton, VT 05046

Community Building is Located Beside the Fire Station

DayTimeClassDescription
Tuesday  6:00 - 7:00 Kids/ Beginners Class All ages, All Ranks 
Tuesday  7:00 - 8:00 All Ranks Class All Ranks 
Thursday  6:30 - 8:00 All Ranks Class All Ranks