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, [...]

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 [...]

Olympics are Bad for ITF Taekwon-Do

By | September 5th, 2014|Room for thought|

I keep hearing of talks between the various ITF bodies and WTF. Some speculate on the joining of the two organizations, others about competing in the Olympics “together”. There are meetings and pieces of paper signed that actually say absolutely nothing. There are those that will agree or disagree, but I think that talks about [...]

What makes a good Instructor?

By | September 4th, 2014|Room for thought|

I am often asked this question by others, and I often question myself about this subject. I don’t believe a good Instructor has to be the best martial artist in order to be the best Instructor. There are many brilliant martial artists out there who wouldn’t be able to teach a pig to snort. The [...]

Belt System

By | August 28th, 2014|Room for thought|

I often come across people saying that the belt system in traditional martial arts is worthless. I am of a completely different opinion. Not only because I practice a traditional martial art, but because the belt system make logical sense to me. As with any other “tradition” within a traditional martial art, there is sense [...]

Martial Arts Language

By | August 28th, 2014|Room for thought|

Many people seem to have the wrong idea when it comes to hearing “foreign” languages in martial arts classes. Most commonly you will hear some form of Chinese, Japanese or Korean, depending on the root of the martial art. It is not about sounding mystical, authentic or the like. It is also not because martial [...]

Don’t Dwell On It

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

In martial arts, as in life, there are many occasions where a student may “win” or “lose”. This may occur at gradings, tournaments and demonstrations to name but a few. All of these events take training and preparation. After putting in all of the effort, it is finally time to step onto the floor. Others [...]