Instructor / Student Relationship

By | August 1st, 2017|Room for thought|

In a traditional martial art, the student/instructor relationship is a special one. It is formed over time and at the heart of it, I believe, are trust and loyalty. What many instructors and students forget is that it is a two-way street. Trust and loyalty must flow in both directions. When integrity is lacking on [...]

Immerse yourself

By | April 29th, 2014|Room for thought|

If you want to get the most out of your martial art, you need to immerse yourself in your training. What many don’t realize is that in order to do this you must also involve yourself in in your club. This makes it far easier to swim with the big fish. There will always be [...]

What is a Black Belt?

By | July 16th, 2013|Room for thought|

Black Belt seems to have become a meaningless term these days. So many out there have bastardised what a Black Belt stands for. It is rare that a person with a Black Belt gains any sort of respect for having achieved it. Perhaps this is because in so many cases, nowadays, there has been no [...]

Student Speech

By | June 27th, 2013|Room for thought|

As part of our Taekwon-Do grading syllabus, to grade from Red belt to Black tip students are required to do a speech on anything relating to Taekwon-Do. Three of my students successfully graded to Black tip recently. I will share each of their short speeches over the next few days as I get them in [...]