Fitness and Self Defence

Julie Jones

Branch Instructor

Muswellbrook NSW Region

Muswellbrook Dojang

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

I have been training in Taekwondo for over 30 years.  I have always had an interest in Martial arts and Taekwondo was something that I always wished to learn.  Asian philosophies always have had an interesting history and a lot of intrigue.  So my cousin was already training and asked me to join the club with her.  So I started my journey into the Art of Self Defence and guess who the Instructor was – Randall Jones.

Highlights of your Taekwondo success?

One of my highlights of Taekwondo was failure.  I can always remember failing my brown belt but I look at this as being a positive input because it taught me to never give up and gave me the strength of perseverance of harder training.  Sometimes we need to take a step back to basics so that our level can rise to a step further.

Another highlight of Taekwondo is that we can make lifetime friendships through the Art.

My 2nd Dan grading is what I will always remember as it had been a lot of years since sitting for a grading.  I had never felt so fit, healthy, strong and determined.  My grading went very smooth starting with patterns then moving to all my breaks I had smashed all my boards with ease as if they were pieces of paper.  The feeling was awesome and couldn’t believe that I had just achieved all of this through hard training at least 4 to 5 times a week.  This proves that anyone can do it.

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

My first black belt grading was quite intense feeling very nervous there would have been about 15 students sitting their grade that day.  My boards were very hard and I did not break them all.  My pattern was performed very well.  Sparring also went well.

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

I train for Taekwondo at least 3 times a week but I will also put in at least another 2 days a week doing either gym work or boxing classes.

Favourite Taekwondo move or moves?

Spinning heel has always been my favourite kick as it is fast and dangerous.

Step jumping back is becoming a favourite during sparring because the back kick is slightly hidden and unexpected by your opponent.

What are your goals in Taekwondo for 2009?

My goals for 2009 is to achieve my 3rd Dan on the 29th August 2009

To attend Amahof with my Chief Instructor Randall Jones…

To attend and become a place at the State/National Championships Nas Tournament.

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

Yes it has benefited home life because my children look to us and see the dedication and perseverance that life’s hurdles can always be managed.  Never give up.

Your favourite saying and what this means?

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”  – Napoleon Hill
This means every time you fail or think you fail which creates heartache gives you strong grounding to make you try even harder to achieve your goal.

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” – Chinese Proverb

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

If you have always wanted to try taekwondo give it a go, you just might get addicted to the sport.  When you start never give up because when you give up this is when you have lost.

What other activities apart from Taekwondo do you enjoy?

I enjoy most sports love to play netball, boxing even going to boot camps for team building exercises, any outdoor sports.

Favourite movie(s) and why?

Lean on Me – It teaches you that if you work hard and learn you can achieve your highest goals

Favourite food?

I like a good mix of healthy foods that has a lot of vegetables and interest.
Lebanese, Italian, Chinese, Australian, Greek most nationality foods I will give it a go. And chocolate – all types.

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

My goal is to be teaching and sharing my knowledge with local communities.

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