Bradford Blue Wave Taekwondo has existed in Bradford since the early 1990s. It is currently located at 210 Main St., in Bradford, affording better visibility and access to the public. The business was reorganized in 2010 as Bradford Taekwondo Club, Inc. (BTCI) a mutual benefit, non-profit corporation. BTCI remains a charter member of the Blue Wave Taekwondo Association and is one of eleven member schools. This family oriented Dojang teaches classic Kukkiwon style Taekwondo with Olympic style sparring. BTCI presently has 50 students ranging in age from 5 to 67 years old.
"We encourage Taekwondo as a family activity, although we have a number of single individuals," head instructor Master Tom Elliott said. "We consider discipline and respect whether at the gym, in the community and at home as core values. Our goal is also to teach Kukkiwon Taekwondo in a way that is both serious and enjoyable. We want students of all ages and ranks to have fun, enjoy and learn our art."
Master Tom Elliott, 5th Dan - Head Instructor. Master Elliott began his Taekwondo training in October of 1995 with his wife and two sons. In May of 2010 he completed the International Master Instructor’s Certification Course in Herndon Virginia. In March of 2012 he successfully tested for his 5th Dan, Master Rank. Master Elliott assumed the role of head instructor in October of 2010 when his instructor, former head instructor Master Bob Kline, decided to step back from day to day operation of the school.
BTCI has a depth of master level instructors not seen in many Taekwondo schools:
Master Bob Kline, 6th Dan – Former head instructor at Bradford. Master Kline remains active in class training and instruction. Master Kline received is 6th Dan in March of 2015. He is a certified Master Instructor having completed the International Master Instructors Certification Course in Korea in 2007. Master Kline is Master Tom Elliott’s instructor.
|Instructor||Master Tom Eliot|
|Gym Address||210 Main St
Bradford, VT 05033
Master Sandra Elliott, 5th Dan– Assistant instructor. Master Elliott received her master rank in March of 2012. She completed the International Master Instructor’s Certification Course in Herndon Virginia in May of 2010. Master Elliott instructs regularly. Master Elliott’s instructor is Master Tom Robinson who is also Master Kline’s instructor.
Master Martin Emerson, 5th Dan – Assistant Instructor. Master Emerson received his master rank in March of 2012. He is a certified Master Instructor having completed the International Master Instructors Certification Course in Korea in 2007. Master Kline is Master Emerson’s instructor.
Ms. Lisa Fearon, 4th Dan – Assistant instructor. Ms. Fearon started her Taekwondo training in 2001 at Dartmouth College and became affiliated with the Blue Wave Taekwondo Association in 2002. Ms Fearon is a certified Master Instructor having completed the International Master Instructor’s Certification Course in Herndon Virginia in May of 2010. Master Linda Smith-Blais is Ms. Fearons instructor.
Bradford also has several 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Dans that assist regularly by leading small segments or working with small groups of students.
|Tuesday||6:00 - 7:00||Beginners Class||Age 8 and up, White - High Yellow Belt|
|Tuesday||7:00 - 8:00||Upper Ranks Class||All ages, Green Belt and up|
|Wednesday||5:00 - 5:50||Aerobics/Conditioning Class||Adults|
|Wednesday||6:00 - 7:00||Intro to Sparring /Family Class||All ages, High White Belt and up|
|Wednesday||7:00 - 8:00||Poomse||All ages, Yellow Belt and up|
|Thursday||6:00 - 7:00||Beginners Class||Age 8 and up, White - High Yellow Belt|
|Thursday||7:00 - 8:00||Upper Ranks||All ages, Green Belt and up|
|Friday||6:30 - 7:30||Black Belt Workout||2nd & 4th Friday|