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How long have you been training in Taekwondo and what got you started?
I have been Training in Taekwondo since the late 90’s – I started training with friends under Walsh Taekwondo. After different jobs and family I had a break for a while and then a friend of mine told me about United Taekwondo as I wanted my 3 girls to attend. After watching for a few weeks Regional Instructor Mike asked me to hold the bag and the feel for martial arts came rushing back. I don’t think it took a lot convincing or arm twisting!
Highlights of your taekwondo success?
My first highlight with United Taekwondo was achieving my 1st degree black belt under Regional Instructor Mike Vee in Tamworth in September 2013, then in October 2014 I was asked to become a United Taekwondo Instructor and run the Peel High School Dojang in Tamworth.
Describe your first black belt grading and what it took to get you there?
I don’t remember much of my first black belt grading as I was focusing too hard on the patterns and board breaks. I know I trained for about 6 months or more 4 nights a week leading up to the grading with 2 on 1 sparing and pattern work. The feeling at the end of the grading to have Master Paul put on my new 1st degree black belt was a huge relief but at the same time very exciting knowing that my new journey with United Taekwondo had just begun.
How often do you train in taekwondo, gym, etc?
I train about 3 times a week, and try to do a lot of sparing as this works on fitness. I also do a lot of bag work to work on power and speed. I train with friends about 30 minutes a day doing wrist locks and joint manipulation and pressure points for take downs.
Favourite taekwondo move or moves?
My favourite taekwondo move would have to be the hook kick as this catches a lot of opponents off guard when they come back in to throw a punch or kick.
What are your personal goals in taekwondo?
My personal goals would be to receive my 2nd degree black belt next year and then go on to my 3rd degree black belt in years to come; also to become a better instructor with United Taekwondo.
Your favourite saying and what this means?
“Chase your dreams not your shadow”
This saying means that once you have a dream, chase it instead of being scared of your shadow.
Best advice you can give someone training and wishing to start training in taekwondo?
The best advise I can give some who is already training in United Taekwondo is no matter what happens in training, school or at home remember we are one big family and we are always there to support you on your journey to become a Black Belt.
For people wishing to start with United Taekwondo, come and have a try and talk to the Instructor. The hardest thing when starting is walking across the door line.
What other activities apart from taekwondo do you enjoy?
I enjoy shooting, water sports, tennis, fishing and camping in the great outdoors.
Favourite movie(s) and why?
My favourite movie is The Last Samurai. It shows great determination of one man who can change a whole village and lead the people into battle against all odds.
I also enjoy Steven Seagal movies because I like wrist locks as I think they they have a great place in training.
My favourite food would have to be Thai and Chinese.
With regards to taekwondo where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
Within five years I would like to have another hall open in the New England area, also I would like to be on my way to becoming a 3rd degree black belt with United Taekwondo. Within ten years I would still like to be teaching with United Taekwondo working on my 5th degree black belt and instructing at a higher level. Also after 10 years of training I will still be working on becoming a better instructor.