Another great Halloween in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. Over 80 kids dressed up and had fun at Currumbin at the annual Halloween Party. In Brisbane, we had 2 celebrations. ON Friday 31 October, the little tigers and juniors dressed up, played games and eat plenty of halloween food. The following night. we had a Movie and Pizza night as well as games and a haunted house. Special thanks to John Feenstra for all the props. Looking forward to another Halloween next year.
Tan's Currumbin performed a number of Taekwondo demonstrations for the opening week of the new movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Premier was held at VMAX Events Cinema Robina on the Gold Coast. Song: Shell Shocked
Chelsea Hobday has just returned from the 1st Word Cadet Taekwondo Championships in Baku Azerbaijan. The inaugural cadet championships, which are for the youth aged between 12 and 14, had 578 athletes and 286 officials from 63 countries. Chelsea was one of 2 Australian girls which made it though to the Quarter finals and narrowly missed out on a medal. With only seconds to go, Chelsea appeared to score with a kick to the head of the French girl. That would have put the score 14-12 in Chelsea's favour. After a video replay, the kick was too close to call and the initial decision was upheld. Some would argue that if the kick had have scored and the other side protested, then the point would have remained. Chelsea is now in training for the Australian Open in Sydney on 16 & 17 August. To view both of Chelsea's fights you can go to the following links. Chelsea vs Jordan Chelsea vs France
Taekwondo exponent, Chelsea Hobday leaves this Saturday for the World Cadet Taekwondo Championships. For 14-year-old Chelsea, this will be her first international competition. The 1st Cadet World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan is the biggest Taekwondo event for Juniors 12 – 14 years. Over 1000 athletes from some 100 countries will take part in the inaugural Championships from 24 – 27 July 2014. Taekwondo, which had been an Official Olympic sport since 2000, has added the Cadets to the Junior, Para and Seniors World calendar. Chelsea trains 5 times per week - 3 nights at Coorparoo and 2 nights at Tans Currumbin. Chelsea started Taekwondo 3 years ago after earning a black slash in Kung fu. Through hard training, Chelsea has made a successful transition and a rapid rise to the top of her division. She is undefeated in the Cadet ranks of Taekwondo in Queensland. The club is right behind Chelsea and is currently holding a KickAThon to assist with the cost of her trip.
Grand Master Sung Soo Lee (9th Dan) came to Brisbane to conduct Dan gradings in both Hapkido and Taekwondo. Among those grading was Head Instructor Michael Tan who was grading for 6th Dan Hapkido with Gabriel Estay. Michael and Gabriel were successful and are now Masters of Hapkido with more than 20 years experience. For Master Tan this is his 2nd higher dan to go with his 8th Dan in Taekwondo. Each Hapkido grading consists of rolling, self defence sets and weapons. All grading are recognised by the Korea Hapkido Federation and the Australia Moo Hak Kwan Association. The following students successfully passed on the weekend. HAPKIDO Michael Tan 6th Dan Gabriel Estay 6th Dan Shane Hartmann 3rd Dan bo Carlos Lakerdis 2nd Dan Allan Coggins 2nd Dan Chrissie Bowie 2nd Dan bo Andrew James 2nd Dan bo Werner Piehler 2nd Dan bo Stephen Clark 1st Dan Dustin Howlett 1st Dan TAEKWONDO Louie Beatty 3rd Dan Josh Halter 3rd Dan bo Leigh Crowley 3rd Dan bo Lachlan Crowley 3rd Dan bo Jack Willsher 2nd Dan Zac Biddle 2nd Dan
In February we traveled to the US to attend one of the largest international competitions in the world. The last time I was at the US Open was in Hawaii in 2000. That was when I was single and part of the Olympic program. Apart from the Olympic team, our club entered 5 players in their first major international. Now some 14 years later some of those players are coaches taking a new breed of competitors from Tans to the US Open. Its a proud moment to see the legacy remains and the passion for Olympic sparring continue. I was also lucky enough to bring the family to Vegas to see the competition and catch up with friends. For our sons Liam and Nathan, it was their first trip to the US and we took in most of the sites such as Disneyland, Hollywood and Skiing. Apart from the big cities, it was great to show them the country as we traveled some 18 hours by car from LA to Vegas to Mammoth and back to LA. Two weeks was long enough, and we are now back at the club and preparing students for gradings and competitions. 2000 Team Roaster Manager - Shane Hartmann Coach -Michael Tan Referee -Darryl Gowlett Players Ben Hartmann Daniel Hartmann Byron Coleborne George Carmichael Luk Wolfe 2014 Team Roaster Head of Team - Michael Tan Manager - Jo Hartmann Coaches - Ben & Daniel Hartmann Players Sam Northey Billy Crean Kyle Nolan Zhanna Sattsaeva Jack Willsher Presley Johnson Travis Richard Arden Lovis
Our Korean guests from Shin Sung University are having a great time in Queensland. The following is a bit of a travel diary of Dragon and Les. Week 1 Arrived Friday 25 Jan and went straight up to Caboolture to watch a Hapkido Grading. Had steak at the Morayfield Leagues club. Australia Day cricket match and BBQ in Bardon. Spent their first week at Coorparoo going through all the classes. Week 2 Went down to Currumbin for 3 days. They loved the beach and Robina shopping centre. Returned by train and introduced music poomse to Coorparoo. Thursday they took the City Cat ferry into the city from Bulimba. Friday they went to Ipswich where they saw Kangaroos at Queens Park Zoo followed by training with Kevin. Saturday they took a trip out to our country Club near Esk where they took training and came home via the Wivenhoe dam. They have heaps of photos of Cows. Sunday they had a Korean meal with some of our students Min Suh and Jung Suh where they spend most of the day. Week 3 Will spend 3 days at Coorparoo before Going down to the Gold Coast on Thursday. Week 4 Return from the Gold Coast and Spend time with Jono at Arana Hills and Yeronga. Return back to the Gold Coast from Thursday. Week 5 Monday they will meet Jono at the Airport where they will return to Korean and University life.
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.
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