Welcome to the Gibraltar
Taekwondo Association (G.T.A.) website affiliated to the British Taekwondo
Gibraltar. This site has been
created as the forefront of all Taekwondo events occurring for and behalf the
British Taekwondo Gibraltar, the only government recognised Taekwondo association in
the British colony of Gibraltar. From this nexus of information we will endeavor
to keep informed and up-to-date our colleagues in the British Isles
as well as any interested parties with the activities from the British
Taekwondo Gibraltar front. We hope you enjoy our website, and please do not hesitate to
contact us if you have any queries.
British Taekwondo Gibraltar was started
in 1999 and officially founded in the same year. Under this guise
British Taekwondo Gibraltar hopes to keep on increasing its profile within the
international Taekwondo arena. We are a non-profit, democratically elected
If you want to keep up-to-date with all the proceedings taking place in
British Taekwondo Gibraltar please have a look at our events
As head instructors of British Taekwondo Gibraltar Master Ernest and Master Edward Garcia
(5th Dan; collectively known as 'The Twins') would like to extend their
thanks to all the active members of British Taekwondo Gibraltar, their families and
friends for all their continued support throughout the years whose aid has
been invaluable in the formation of the current organisation.
Special thanks are to be
Gibraltar Ministers of Sport.
The Gibraltar Sport and Leisure Authority.
The Government of Gibraltar Sports Advisory Council.
The various Gibraltar media services.
The Government of Gibraltar.
The British Taekwondo Control Board.
The Twins would also like to congratulate Mr. Jansen Reyes and Mr. Frederick
Martin in their notable work in creating and maintaining this website.
Additionally we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to Mr. Francis Ferro,
for his fantastic photos.
(Kukkiwon Certificate and Flag presented by Master Neil
Guest) ('The Twins' receiving the B.T.C.B. Silver Award)
Gibraltar lies on a small
peninsula at the southern most tip of Western Europe overlooking the strait
of Gibraltar, the North African coast and Spain.
Gibraltar was occupied
successively by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans but remained
uninhabited until the invasion of Spain by the Moors in the eighth century.
Gibraltar was held by the Moors and Spaniards alternatively from 711 until
1704, when during the war of the Spanish succession was captured by British
forces and ceded to the British Crown by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. It
has remained British ever since despite numerous attempts to capture it.
Gibraltar's climate is
temperate. During the winter months the prevailing wind is from the west. The
mean minimum and maximum temperatures during this period are 11 and 16
degrees respectively. The normal pattern in summer is a slight preponderance
of winds from the east. A warm breeze laden with moisture known as the
levanter, strikes the eastern face of the Rock, condenses in the sky and
causes a cloud to hang over the city and bay. During this period the climate
is humid with temperatures oscillating between 19 and 27 degrees
The Rock runs from north to
south for a length of nearly 3 miles. It is ½ of a mile wide and has a total
area of 2 & ½ square miles. The highest point is 1396 feet above sea level.
The total civilian population
of Gibraltar is approximately 30,000 inhabitants of which just over 20,000
are native Gibraltarians. English is the official language but most
Gibraltarians are fluent in both English and Spanish.
The imposing shape of the Rock
and the unequalled beauty of St Michael's Cave are perhaps the most
impressive natural assets of Gibraltar. Its interesting and varied flora and
fauna, the migratory birds, and the famous apes, make up a unique
combination, which delights the many visitors who come to the rock every
year. Gibraltar can boast of having one of the most cosmopolitan shopping
centres in western Europe and very appealing tax reduced prices.
Gibraltar Law derives
exclusively from English Law. The hierarchy of courts comprise of the Supreme
Court of Gibraltar, the Court of First instance of Gibraltar and the
Magistrates Court, the last acting as a juvenile court dealing with offences
by children and young persons. Appeals from the Supreme Court lie in the
Gibraltar Court of appeal and the Privy Council. Company Law is based on the
1929 Companies Act in England.
United Kingdom and Gibraltar
Government currency notes and coinage are legal tender in Gibraltar.
It is easy to make friends in
Gibraltar. There is much social life and plenty of restaurants from which to
The John Macintosh Hall is the
centre of Gibraltar's cultural life. It includes in its many facilities a
theatre, exhibition rooms, meeting room and libraries.
There are many drama groups
and a drama festival is held in December each year. There is ample
opportunity to get involved in the sport of your choice, with wide ranging
facilities available throughout Gibraltar.
There are daily scheduled
direct flights from the UK. Cruise liners call frequently at Gibraltar and
there are regular sea services to Tangiers.
Gibraltar is emerging, as an
attractive off shore finance centre, providing all the services required by
companies and individuals in a secure environment