Fitness and Self Defence

Larissa Fogarty

Branch Instructor

Branch / Region

Calala Dojang / Tamworth NSW Region






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

I’ve been training for over 4 years.  Originally I looked into martial arts for my son who has Aspergers, as a way of helping him with focus, co-ordination and respect.  I sat on the bench for 1 week and decided to join the next week.  I really wanted to become fit and was struggling to fit exercise in, so this was a perfect way to do it whilst being with my children.

Highlights of your Taekwondo success?

There really are so many over the years. But to name a few would be watching my 9 year old daughter achieve her black belt in December 2016. Our Coffs Harbour annual weekend trips are always a highlight.  Attending the United Taekwondo Tournaments in Sydney and Muswellbrook. Meeting so many fantastic people, and then of course, my Black Belt Grading which was beyond amazing.  It’s so great to be pushed to see what you can really achieve when you put your mind to it.

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

I will say that training for my black belt didn’t start 6 months prior but it started on the very first day I walked into the hall.  Keeping my focus on point and chatting with different instructors about how I could improve myself really helped. My Black Belt Grading was something I will never forget.  I had 8 different board breaks, sparred 7 rounds, 3 x 2 people, 1 x 3 people, and my own instructor.  I was pushed beyond what I ever thought I could achieve but got through it and was glad I was pushed as it made for an amazing day that I could never have even dreamt of.

How often do you train in Taekwondo, gym etc?

Most weeks I train 3-4 days at the different centres around Tamworth.

Favourite Taekwondo move or moves?

Definitely spinning heel kick, side kick and inner crescent kick.  Love punching combos too.

What are your personal goals in Taekwondo?

I would love to have a class of students who love Taekwondo the way I do. I’ll be working towards being the best instructor I can be over the next few years.

Your favourite saying and what this means?

Everything happens for a reason.  Sometimes you don’t understand why and even think it’s unfair, but it all works out in the wash and makes sense eventually.  Everything pushes you in the direction of where you are and where you are meant to be.

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

Train hard at the beginning; it makes things easier later on.  If you lock in that back leg, bend that front knee and get your stances right from the beginning and don’t get lazy, those stances will feel as easy as standing real quick.  Always help others, as it helps you too.

What other activities apart from Taekwondo do you enjoy?

My family love jet skiing out at the local dam here.  I also love having a barbeque and catching up with friends and spending time with the family as a way to unwind. We have an array of animals at our house too, so the cat, dogs, parrot and chickens keep us busy and entertained as well.

Favourite movie(s) and why?

Can’t say I really have one … but it’s usually the true stories that have an underlying message of – don’t give up, someone out there always has it harder and tougher than you!

Favourite food?

The pearl couscous salad my mum makes! And pretty much anything she makes for that matter!

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

I would be more than happy to have a good team of students who are of high quality and are as passionate about Taekwondo as I am.  I’ll always work towards my next belt achievements but I can’t wait to see my own students go through and achieve a black belt and be a part of that process with pride.


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