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October Dan grading

25 students and Instructors attended black belt training and our second higher dan grading for the year.  Master Tan commenced training with all Dan patterns Koryo - Ilyo followed by some 1 step sparring incorporating wrist locks.  We finished the session going through Palgwe patterns and breaking. The following students successfully passed their high dan grading.  Congratulations to all students.   Jonathon Doyle ARANA_HILLS    3rd Dan Chelsea Hobday COORPAROO 2nd Dan Bo Tristan Jong COORPAROO 2nd Dan Bo James Woods COORPAROO 2nd Dan Bo Andrew James CURRUMBIN 3rd Dan Bo Simon Williams CURRUMBIN 3rd Dan Bo Stephanie Iong LOGAN 2nd Dan Bo Ryan Crawford SPRINGWOOD 2nd Dan   The next higher Dan grading will be in April 2014.    

Jarrad Arthur back to Mackay

Jarrad Arthur has just graduated from the Police Academy.  He has been posted to Mackay where he is originally from. The following is a message he left on facebook that we would like to share.  Good luck with your career and you are always welcome to drop in to Tans whenever you are in town.   I am so lucky to have spent the last 5 months with a bunch of the most awesome people I have ever met. You all gave me something great to look forward to 4 nights every week. I will always remember how much fun the last 5 months have been and I am sad that I will no longer get to spend time with you guys. Thank you all so much for being such an enthusiastic and positive group of people. I honestly hope that this will not be the last time I see any of you. To Sam : Thank you for always being cheerful having the BEST sense of humour of anyone I know. You can make me laugh even in the most serious of situations. When the Master Tan says “Find a partner”, I automatically look at you. Thanks for teaching me to always be happy even on the worst of days. When I think back to tonight when you said "Does it come with me in it?", I would have to say that I certainly wish it did. I am going to miss you my friend. TO Saxon: Thank you for the many interesting talks before training and the many discussions on comics and TV shows. You are a very sensible and insightful person to talk to. Thanks for teaching me to always be suspicious [...]

By |2019-01-16T10:31:35+11:00September 1st, 2013|Centres, Motivation, Tans Coorparoo|0 Comments

Returning to Taekwondo in my 50’s

After 20 years, Glenice Shaw returned to Tans Taekwondo to achieve 4th Dan.    In her late 50's Glenice is living proof that you are never to old to come back to training.  Once a black belt, always a black belt. Below are GLenice's views of the 5 tenents of Tae-kwon-do. 5 TENENTS OF TAEKWONDO 1. Courtesy (Ye Ui) Taekwon-Do students should attempt to be polite to one another and to respect others. Students instructors before and after classes. Turning up early or on time for classes is also an aspect of courtesy. I use courtesy in my everyday life in the way I approach and treat people. This will be in many different forms from simply saying “thank you” to helping someone less able to take a seat on public transport. In class to be polite to fellow students and also to bow to instructors and address in correct manner.  To also be on time for class and be ready to train to the best of your ability shows respect to the club and the Instructor.   2. Integrity (Yom Chi) One who has integrity is able to define what is right or wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. Taekwon-Do students should strive to be honest and to live by moral principles. Without Integrity in your life it would be impossible to live happy and contented, to never take what is not your which includes when you are given more change than you should simply give it back, again it is not your to keep. I had an experience where I withdrew money from my bank account and the teller was new and in training and she ended up giving me [...]

By |2019-01-16T10:31:36+11:00July 7th, 2013|Motivation, Taekwondo, Tans Coorparoo|0 Comments

What a black belt means to me.

Morgan Grace, Chelsea Hobday and Jess Roberts achieveing black belt on the weekend. The definition of black belt is a symbol worn by someone well trained in a martial art. It is a rank which is worked for over time and attained through commitment, but what does it mean to be a black belt? Taekwondo trains people well in discipline. This is developed after years of instruction and listening to what is being told. Failure to follow these instructions could lead to injury or putting others in danger. A black belt is someone who is well disciplined and can listen to orders, especially ones made by someone higher ranked than them. Taekwondo teaches people to have self-control. This is important in order not to hurt someone, especially during sparring matches or one-step. A kick which is not controlled could easily cause a serious injury. A black belt is someone who has control over their actions. Taekwondo demonstrates consciousness of a person’s surroundings. A black belt means that you are aware of what is going on around you. Taekwondo develops a person’s reaction time. This is important in many aspects of life however in martial arts is especially important to ensure that you are not hit. Having the ability to avoid attacks is essential when sparring. A black belt has the ability to react quickly to punches or kicks and move out of the way or block. Reaction time also includes attacking another person. The time available to kick in a sparring round is limited and if the person cannot attack fast enough, their opponent will seize the opportunity. It also develops confidence and trust. Having a good amount of confidence in your decisions [...]

By |2019-01-16T10:31:36+11:00July 7th, 2013|Centres, Martial Arts, Motivation, Tans Coorparoo|0 Comments

Non-aggression principle of hapkido

Dang Jeon Breathing   The following was wriiten by Terje Svingen 5th Dan Hapkido. There is however, no denying that Hapkido is a system designed to teach practitioners fighting skills to defeat any potential adversaries. However, this is obviously a simplistic view, not taking into account the broader teachings – typically applicable to any Martial Arts – that also focus on the development of the human spirit through both physical and mental exercise. The teachings of Hapkido have a strong emphasis on non-violence, spiritual balance and harmony within oneself and the surrounds. These are not necessarily attributes that are easily achieved and must therefore be cultivated and constantly reinforced throughout life. Traditionally, the philosophical aspect of Martial Arts training was at the centre, but in a more modern society the focus on victory through physical prowess has had a stronger tendency to come to the forefront in many styles. The emergence of Judo and Taekwondo as Olympic sports are specific examples, and also the recent popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) – or cage fighting – has had great influence on how many Martial Arts are now taught and understood. Here, the focus is on victory by conquering the opponent through brute force, technical prowess and little or no consideration to what damage it may cause in the process. It is by no means a modern phenomenon however, as the propensity for violence has marred the human race throughout history. To quote the French scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662): “It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory”. These words ring as true today as in years gone by. With regard to Hapkido, it too teaches offensive techniques and empowers [...]

By |2019-01-16T10:31:36+11:00June 21st, 2013|Centres, hapkido, Tans Coorparoo|0 Comments

4th Gold Coast Open

A total of 362 competitors from all states of Australia attended the 4th Gold Cost Open.  There were also teams from NZ and Tonga.  The black belt divisions were the best that Australia has to offer.  We had 2 divisions with over 12 players in them.  Most divisions had many current Australian team members.  With so many TA and STA clubs in attendance, it was a great chance to see the best from each body compete in the true spirit of Taekwondo.  It was fantastic to see everyone get on and hopefully this will pave the way for unification of Taekwondo in Australia. The Daedo PSS electronic chest guards were used for a large number of coloured belt divisions.  Next year we will expand the divisions to include more junior divisions. Three very special Memorial awards were given out over the weekend. The Wayne Brown Memorial Award given for the best Poomse Spirit went to Maddy Houston from Factor Ten (Qld).  The Mario Rejtano Memorial Award given for best Sparring player went to Aaron Wain from Fighting Lyons (Vic).  The Ken Mayfield Memorial Award for best sparring (Kyorugi) spirit on the day went to Michael Magee from Global MA (Sydney).   Alan Powrie of Powrie & Co, Barristers and Solicitors has kindly donated the Ken Mayfield Award.        

By |2019-01-16T10:31:36+11:00May 30th, 2013|Taekwondo, WTF Competition|0 Comments