Fitness and Self Defence

Brendon Heidtman


Wollongong NSW Region

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

I first started training in Taekwondo at the age of 14 with some friends from school at our local Scout Hall.

Highlights of your Taekwondo success?

Competing in only two major full-contact tournaments and gaining success at both.  My first was winning the NSW inter-club state titles, and the second was coming third in the Australian titles after bumping into a former Instructor and not training for almost three years.

Obtaining my 2nd Dan promotion with United Taekwondo.  In more ways than one, it was a real test for me personally.  I had never attempted any of the breaks before and the sparring left me sweating for hours.  This would have to be the most enjoyable grading day I have had!

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

I knew the sparring was going to be tough, so I worked on my stamina, plus I had been conditioning my knuckles for the two-board punching break.  Everything went well and the sparring was as expected.  I had to spar against six black belts in three groups of two at once for 5 minutes non-stop.  In the end I was happy to be standing.

All my breaks were first time, with my only concern being that I had injured my right foot the day before and had to perform a two-board turning kick break with my left foot.

How often do you train in Takeondo, gym etc?

At the moment I train at home, and when I get some spare time I train in our gym at work, plus I train a minimum of two nights a week in the Dojang.

Favourite Taekwondo move or moves?

My favourite move is created by my opponent or sparring partner as I watch their reaction to my moves and decide from there which will be my favourite.

At the moment I am enjoying working on my blocking.

What are your personal goals in Taekwondo?

To maintain a level of fitness that will allow me to continue training and growing as a martial artist, and also helping others to achieve their own goals within the art.  I aim to do this by expanding the art into Wollongong and the Illawarra Region.  I also look forward to participating in NAS tournaments with my students and as a representative of United Taekwondo.

Your favourite saying and what this means?

“Some people walk in the rain, while others just get wet!”

For me this means to try and enjoy the moment and always look for the positives.

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

Get your stances right from the very beginning, enjoy learning what each technique is used for and how it came to be…. and never stop training!

What other activities apart from Taekwondo do you enjoy?

Designing products, playing music and camping with my young family in our 76′ model Kombi camper.

Favourite movie(s) and why?

Dogtown and Z-Boys (documentary … not the movie).

A true story about life with all the highs and lows and all the adventures along the way.

Favourite Food?

Peking Duck

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

Training with my children in United Taekwondo, teaching the art, expanding my knowledge and growing the art throughout the Illawarra region.

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