Fitness and Self Defence

Brad Lyon

Branch Instructor

Campbelltown NSW Region

Bradbury Dojang

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

I have been training in taekwondo for just over 3 years. I first started out because my eldest son liked to watch the karate show “Kicking It With You’ . He was hooked. Then one day he came home with a flyer that United Taekwondo was starting classes at the school. He really wanted to give it a go. My wife and I decided we would do it as well to support our child. The four of us are still going to this day.

Highlights of your Taekwondo success?

I have 3 highlights so far. My first was achieving my yellow belt at my first grading. It was a major highlight as I had achieved something in an art I never thought I would ever do. My second highlight was achieving my Black Belt. I worked hard and stuck to my goals. My current highlight is becoming an Instructor and giving back to those that have helped me along my journey and being able to do the same for the next group in the United Taekwondo family.

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

No matter how much you practice it is always a little nerve-racking when the time comes for you to grade. It is a big achievement that you have worked hard for. I remember being nervous when we started. My grading started off with board breaks. I remember not breaking though on my first 2 tries. I needed to compose myself and remember what I had learned training. Once those boards broke on the 3rd try I knew the rest would be fine.

Remember your training and believe in yourself. You are there for a reason….. You are good enough!  Everyone there believes in you…. That’s why you were invited to grade, and that goes for all your gradings from White belt to Black belt and beyond.

Getting to the grading took a lot of work and practice, training is only one part. I spent many hours outside of the dojang mentally preparing for my gradings. I would run through the patterns in my head and picture myself completing the moves. My mental preparation was just as important as the physical preparation.

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

I train in taekwondo twice a week in the dojang. Other than that I practice at home both physically and mentally. Mental practice can be done anywhere at any time. Other than that playing golf and working helps to keep me active.

Favourite Taekwondo move or moves?

I would have to say an inward crescent kick followed by a spinning heel.

What are your personal goals in Taekwondo?

My first goal was to achieve my Black Belt – Tick

My second goal was to become an Instructor –Tick

My next goal is to continue on the Black belt journey for as long as I am able to and to help others achieve their own goals that they have on the way.

Has Taekwondo benefited home life? If so, in what way?

Taekwondo has made me a more confident person. It allows me to strive for what I want without the fear of failure. It has also provided another bonding opportunity for my family and we can celebrate each other’s successes together.

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

You are never too old to start the journey. You just have to begin. Don’t give up on yourself. Taekwondo is as much physical as it is mental. Be prepared to put in the effort and you will reap the rewards. There will always be someone able to help you out if you need it.

What other activities apart from Taekwondo do you enjoy?

I enjoy playing golf and try to play regularly. I also enjoy watching my boys play sports like soccer and swimming. I also like having some time out for family and trips when possible.

Favourite food?

Seafood, steak and salads

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

In 5 years I hope to be a 3rd Dan Black Belt training for my 4th Dan while running my hall in Bradbury.
In 10 years I hope to be a 5th Dan Chief Instructor…… and still running my hall in Bradbury.

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