Fitness and Self Defence

Andrew Jackson

Branch Instructor

Branch / Region
Bradbury Dojang / Campbelltown NSW Region

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

I started training in Taekwondo in 2007. I was taking my daughter to training and one day thought I might give it a go myself.

Highlights of your Taekwondo success?

Every promotion is a highlight, but attaining black belt holds the most significance.

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

Black belt grading was a gruelling experience. I had been preparing for 18 months, training 3 or 4 times a week with different instructors in the area. I owe them a debt of gratitude for preparing me the way they did. On the night, I was pushed to the limit but not past it; Master Paul knows how to push students to success, not to failure.

How often do you train? In Taekwondo? Gym? etc

I train 2 nights a week in Taekwondo, plus 5 or 6 days cycling. I used to a lot of running, but the impact takes its toll over time. Beach walks have become a family favourite.

Favourite Taekwondo move or moves?

Front leg front kick. Keep it simple.

What are your personal goals in Taekwondo?

In the past my goals were to pass grading and progress to the next level. Over time, my goals have become simpler; train hard, and run a good class.

Your favourite saying and what this means?

There are so many clever and inspirational sayings by so many famous people, it’s hard to pick a favourite, but I think I will go with “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing today”. Why wait until the New Year to commit to a resolution? Why wait until tomorrow to start something new? Do it today if it’s worth it.

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

The best advice I can give would be have patience and train hard. You get out what you put in.

What other activities apart from Taekwondo do you enjoy?

I compete in bicycle racing nearly every weekend, travelling all around NSW to competitions.

Favourite movie(s) and why?

It’s hard to pick just one, but I would have to choose Papillon. That guy never gave up.

Favourite food?

I love Mexican food, so tasty.

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

In this time I aim to build the Campbelltown branch to one of the biggest in the area. I look forward to training students from beginner to Black Belt.

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