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Kids Behaving Badly

By | February 17th, 2015|Room for thought|

Over the years of instructing, I have heard it hundreds of times – “My child was misbehaving so I didn’t allow him/her to come to class”. Strangely, after not hearing it for a while I have heard this, or something similar, from three sets of parents in the past two weeks. Most often, parents expect [...]

Strong foundations

By | January 30th, 2015|Room for thought|

The theme for my classes this past week has been “strong foundations”, more so, keeping foundations in good repair. As I always say, there are so many lessons in martial arts that can be applied to everyday life. This is no different. For the sake of this article, I am going to assume that you [...]

Is Martial Arts For You?

By | January 8th, 2015|Room for thought|

This is a discussion I have had many a time. My answer is pretty standard: Martial arts are for everyone, but not everybody is for the martial arts. Many people have a misconception about what taking up martial arts means. It should not be like going to join a gym and taking part in aerobics [...]

New Year 2015

By | December 31st, 2014|Room for thought|

I often say, “Change doesn’t come with a date.” I find I say it to people a lot more at this time of year due to people reflecting on the year gone by and what they would like to accomplish in the year to come. Many pull out the piece of paper where they wrote [...]

A Year Gone By

By | December 18th, 2014|Room for thought|

Another year has come and gone and there have been so many lessons learned in my martial arts journey. Every time I start to think I know something, I learn something else. This year has been no different. In many ways it was the most challenging year I’ve had to date in the martial arts, [...]

Aim High!

By | December 10th, 2014|Quote|

Student Speech

By | October 22nd, 2014|Room for thought|

When it comes to grading students to their black stripe, I ask students to prepare a short speech on Taekwon-Do before they take on the final stretch towards achieving black belt – it can relate to any aspect of their training or journey in Taekwon-Do. This is my student, Peter Stander’s speech. He is a [...]

Dealing with Injuries

By | October 20th, 2014|Room for thought|

I always like to write and teach from experience. As an Instructor, I always prefer to make the mistakes myself and for my students to learn from them rather than to learn for themselves, although unfortunately this does happen on the odd occasion. Often in class I will talk to my students to remind myself [...]

ITF Unity

By | October 13th, 2014|Room for thought|

This seems to be a taboo subject for many people. It is often a subject that goes ignored, or, if it does come up, there seems to be a lot of political correctness about it. People don’t seem to want to pledge their loyalty anywhere. I would like to offer my views for anybody who [...]

No Reps, No REP!

By | September 16th, 2014|Quote|