The Importance of White Belt

By | July 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The white belt is often discarded as being unimportant. It is the lowest belt in the martial arts hierarchy and students are generally in a big hurry to leave the starkness of it behind. Students want to avoid being looked at as the newbie and the person with the least experience in the martial art, [...]

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 [...]

The Lake Shores

By | October 9th, 2013|Room for thought|

We find ourselves up to our necks in the middle of a lake. It takes some effort, but we learn to tread and stay afloat. From the center of the lake we can gaze in any direction we choose. We look around and see different shores around the lake. Some may appeal, others not. Eventually [...]