Fitness and Self Defence

Nicholas Garavano


Macarthur NSW Region

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

I’ve been training in taekwondo for 7-1/2 years now.  The reason I got started with taekwondo was that it has always fascinated me how people can learn such great things through martial arts and the impact it can have on one’s lifestyle.

Highlights of your Taekwondo success?

The biggest highlight of my taekwondo success was when I began to help the instructors run the class and actually see what it is like to run a class first-hand and how much effort they put in. To be an instructor gives me great pride!

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

At my first black belt grading I was nervous but calm.  As I stretched I remembered everything I did to get there – training 4 nights a week and practicing at home over and over again. As I started my grading I felt confident in myself so I started off strong and finished off even stronger going through my patterns, doing 4 different breaks and 6 different free spars.  Once I finished I felt a joy that words can’t explain!

How often do you train in Taekwondo, gym, etc?

I train 4 nights a week at taekwondo.

Favourite Taekwondo move or moves?

My favourite move is the axe kick.

What are your personal goals in Taekwondo?

My personal goal would be to keep progressing through taekwondo and learning more and more each day.

Your favourite saying and what this means?

“We create our fate every day we live.” – Henry Miller.  That means that everyday we live we add meaning and purpose to our life.

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

Be confident and be yourself in order to get the best out of it.

What other actiities apart from Taekwondo do you enjoy?

I enjoy football as I have played it since I was 6.

Favourite movie(s) and why?

My favourite movie is The Blind Side as it shows that when someone puts their mind to anything they can achieve greatness.

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

In 5 years I see myself to be moving on to better things. Tournament-wise I would like to have a national title however just getting to nationals would be a great experience.
In 10 years I see myself having a national title with dedication and commitment.

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