Branch / Region
Connells Point / St George NSW Region
How long have you been training in Taekwondo? And what got you started?
I was introduced to Taekwondo back in May 1999 by a school friend of mine and his father, who for a while had been training in the discipline. I started and was fascinated and inspired by martial arts so I stayed with it.
Highlights of your Taekwondo success?
Achieving 1st Degree Black Belt
Achieving 2nd Degree Black Belt
When a student immediately grasps and understands something that I’ve taught them.
Describe your first black belt grading, and what it took to get you there?
In preparation for the grading I trained all over the place – 2 nights at Oatley, 2 nights at Lugarno, the Hurstville Saturday morning class as well as training every other Sunday with a colleague of mine.
On the actual day of the grading I was super nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but I put that aside and just kept focused on what I had been practicing in class and applied myself. Before I knew it, it was over and I was surprised that I made it through.
How often do you train? In Taekwondo? Gym? etc
I train two nights at Oatley
One night at Lugarno
Run a class on Thursday
Attend Hurstville morning class on Saturday
Favourite Taekwondo move or moves?
Outward Crescent Kick followed by a Front Kick.
What are your personal goals in Taekwondo?
To teach a student who starts from White Belt all the way up to Black Belt.
Improve my skills both in the art as well as a teacher of the art.
Your favourite saying and what this means?
Never look at where you are going to attack in a spar, keep your eyes up and use your peripheral vision.
Explanation: If you are going to aim to hit someone on the shoulder don’t look at their shoulder before-hand. They may read that and move out of the way or simply block it. By not looking where you strike it makes your attack more unpredictable.
Best advice you can give someone training and wishing to start training in Taekwondo?
Don’t worry too much about what you can’t do because someone else in the class can. Everyone learns at their own pace and if you are determined and practice, you will get there in the end.
What other activities apart from Taekwondo do you enjoy?
I enjoy reading and catching up with friends.
Favourite movie(s) and why?
Star Wars franchise as I like the sci-fi/samurai fusion
Fist of Legend and Enter the Dragon as they both star my favourite martial artists; Jet Li and Bruce Lee.
Steak and Seafood.
With regards to Taekwondo where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
In 5 years time I hope to see myself nearing the time to grade to 3rd Degree as well as having a broader spectrum of knowledge when it comes to training and teaching in the art.