Fitness and Self Defence

Mark Kosters

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Branch / Region
Bonython Dojang  / Canberra ACT Region

How long have you been training in Taekwondo? And what got you started?

I started in 1984. I wanted to try a few types of martial arts, but got hooked on my first class of Taekwondo.

Highlights of your Taekwondo success?

Becoming an instructor with a different Taekwondo school and taking my first class as Instructor in Tea Tree Gully, South Australia in early 2001.

Moving to Canberra in late 2001 and becoming an instructor of a class in Queanbeyan in 2002. In 2004, three of the teenagers in my class  graded to junior black belt.

Starting a new class with United Taekwondo in Bonython, ACT in 2016.

Describe your first black belt grading, and what it took to get you there?

I graded to black belt in Adelaide in 2000 with a different Taekwondo school. The hardest part of my grading was knowing that I would have to spar another black belt applicant who I had only sparred with once before. On our previous bout, his speed and strength got the better of me, and his very aggressive style left with me a few bumps and bruises. On the day of my grading I was determined not to let him get the better of me, so I never let up and he spent the whole time moving backwards and I returned the favour leaving him with a few bumps and bruises of my own.

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How often do you train in Taekwondo, gym etc?

I get to training 1-2 times per week (plus instructing) as well as going through patterns etc at home when I can.

Favourite Taekwondo move or moves?

Back kick, followed closely by spinning heel.

What are your personal goals in Taekwondo?

I have been fortunate to learn Taekwondo under many talented and skilled instructors, especially in United Taekwondo. My goal is to pass on as much as possible of what I have learned.

Your favourite saying and what this means?

“Speak softly, and carry a big stick.” (Theodore Roosevelt) – To me it means be modest and let your actions speak for you. The big stick I always carry is my sidekick.

Best advice you can give someone training and wishing to start training in Taekwondo?

The hardest thing you will ever do in your Taekwondo training is coming through the door on your first night. In comparison, the rest is easy.

What other activities apart from Taekwondo do you enjoy?

Riding my motorcycle, travelling overseas with my family, playing the drums.

Favourite movie(s) and why?

Zoolander – Classic tale of man who overcomes all odds and learns how to turn left.

Favourite food?

Steak (medium-rare) with hot English mustard.

With regards to Taekwondo where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

Seeing students who have started with me progressing through the ranks to the senior levels.

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