Fitness and Self Defence

Majde Abusaffaga

Branch Instructor

Branch / Region

Yagoona Dojang / Bankstown NSW Region

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

I have been training for four years.  I got started so that I could train with my son Jad.

Highlights of your Taekwondo success?

  • Achieving my 1st Dan Black Belt
  • Becoming a Branch Instructor
  • Achieving my 2nd Dan Black Belt within four years through hard work and a lot of help, pushing, encouragement and support from Master Paul

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

It was a big challenge for me and took hard work, commitment and focus.

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

  • I train daily
  • 2-3 taekwondo classes a week
  • 1-2 times in the gym

Favourite Taekwondo move or moves?

Front, side and back kicks.

What are your personal goals for the future?

My ultimate goal is to become a master in taekwondo.

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

Yes, taekwondo has made me more passionate and a better communicator and I have more confidence in my kids.

Your favourite saying and what this means?

“Anything is possible in this life as long as it’s a written goal or dream and you view it daily.”

“Give enough people what they want then you get what you want.”  by Zig Ziglar

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

Great exercise! Helps you think differently and overcome problems.

What other activities apart from Taekwondo do you enjoy?

Swimming, soccer, work on cars.

Favourite movie(s) and why?

I like action movies, martial arts movies but I mostly like inspirational movies and movies with a gold nugget (wisdom)

Favourite food?


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

5 years – 3rd to 4th Dan Black Belt10 years – 4th to 5th Dan Black Belt

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