By Master Instructor Andrew Johnston
Welcome back all Students, Parents and Carers to another exciting term of Taekwondo and Haidong Gumdo. We have so much planned for this Term we can’t wait to get kicking!
The first exciting news I want to share with everyone, is that we have many dedicated students from Nepean Wolves and myself representing Australia at the 2017 World Mulympia Championships. Keep training hard!!
Please note this term, that both the Taekwondo and Haidong Gumdo gradings will be held at Winmalee PUBLIC School.
Let’s get into Term 2!
Instructors & Team Leaders Meeting
- 4.00–5.00pm Leadership Team
- 5.00–6.30pm Instructors Team
Place: East Blaxland Public School
Date: Sunday 21 May, 2017
What to bring: Loose training clothes, joggers and all pads and training equipment. Uniforms are not required.
Wolves Haidong Gumdo
Calling all Mums, Dads, Brothers and Sisters!
Have ever wanted to learn an Ancient Korean Sword art? Now’s your chance to learn Haidong Gumdo. No martial arts experience needed. All beginners are most welcome. If you are interested in joining one of our groups (see below), please contact Master Andrew ASAP.
- Tuesday 7.30pm – 8.30pm at Blaxland East Public School
- Wednesday 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Springwood Public School
- Friday 6.45pm – 7.45pm at Hazelbrook Public School
Up and coming Dates & Events
- Wolves Instructor/Team Leaders meeting:
Sunday 21 May at Blaxland East Public School
4.00pm – 5.00pm Leadership Team
5.00pm – 6.30pm Instructors Team
- Wolves Haidong Gumdo Grading:
Saturday 24 June at Winmalee PUBLIC School
- Wolves Taekwondo Club Colour Belt and Black Belt Grading:
Sunday 25 June at Winmalee PUBLIC School
- End of Term 2: Friday 30 June
- Start of Term 3: Monday 17 July
Shedding Light on the Grading Process
How often should I grade?
Taekwondo is not like other sports and activities, we don’t get to perform or show our skills very often. The grading is the only time a student gets a chance to “shine”. As the Club Instructor, who has seen thousands of student gradings, I believe most students should be grading every three months. That means that all blue belts and red belts grades should be training at least two classes per week, to qualify for the grading attendance criteria
Some parents may not see a student improve from one grading to the next but the student’s progression of spirit and confidence is so often overlooked. These are the real reasons the students are practicing Taekwondo.
Does everyone feel fear at some point in their life? I believe so. Do we like the “feeling of fear”? Some would say definitely not. Do we like the “feeling of happiness”? Most of us would say yes.
So why do we like the “feeling of happiness” and not see the benefit of the “feeling of fear”. Facing our feelings of fear, gives us the motivation to challenge ourselves. The feeling of fear also helps us move forward and try new experiences. Being open to what “feelings” we allow ourselves to accept, as being useful, is the first step in allowing ourselves to grow our emotional well being. I believe all “feelings” have their purpose. It’s the appropriate behaviours we directly connect to “feelings” is what determines whether we live a full or limited life.
By Master Andrew Johnston