More than 300 students successfully grade at the end of term 3. Grading held over the last 2 weeks included Brisbane, Currumbin, Caboolture and Ipswich. Of all the students grading, we had 3 successfully reach 1st Dan black belt. Ella Gowlett who just turned 11 achieved Junior black belt. The daughter of Master Darryl Gowlett, Ella was a bit nervous but show great techniques and poise. Below are a few words from Ella about Taekwondo. Becoming a Black Belt would be a big achievement for me. After nearly 7 years of participating in Taekwondo I feel I am ready to become a Black Belt. I have been training to my fullest potential and I think it has improved my self-confidence, as well as developing my Taekwondo techniques. A further benefit to this is my balance is much better. I have taken this journey with my father as my instructor. I look up to my Dad and see the passion he has for Taekwondo. Even though, at this stage I cannot feel the same way. I am beginning to understand why he feels the way he does. Along with Dad I look up to Chrissie Bowie. Chrissie is inspiring and I hope to be as good as her one day. I could do this by continuing my training and striving to be better. I believe my responsibilities as a Black Belt are to help other students reach their goal of becoming a Black Belt, instructing and listening to their needs, I will make sure I am polite and respectful when they ask me a question. Becoming a Black Belt would make me proud, my instructors proud and my family proud. I think the most proudest person [...]
We hope everyone had a wonderful New Year. Below please find the return dates for all our centres. We look forward to seeing you back at Taekwondo. Full time Centres Caboolture - Wednesday 2nd January Coorparoo - Monday 7th January Currumbin - Monday 7th January Arana Hills - Monday 7th January Sunnybank - Monday 7th January Springwood - Tuesday - 15th January Acacia Ridge - Monday 14th January Logan - Saturday - 19th January Clayfield - Wednesday - 16th January Roma - Tuesday - 29th January Ipswich - Monday 7th January
Evelina started taekwondo with me when she was 5. Today she finally achieved black belt. Its great to see students achieve black belt no matter how long it takes. Well done Evelina What Does A Black Belt Mean To Me? By Evelina Afoa (Tans Logan) Thats me, second from the right. I suppose I speak for everyone when I say that when I see someone with a black belt, I immediately have an immense respect. Yes, a respect for the belt itself, but mostly, a respect for the person wearing it. This is a respect for their wisdom, their knowledge, their attitude and their overall commitment to Taekwondo as a whole. The black belt that they wear indicates to me the dedication they’ve demonstrated through their years of training. He/she who has earned a black belt has the ability to assist you in any aspect of Taekwondo. They demonstrate to others that they were willing to take the never-ending and life-changing journey that comes with starting an amazing martial art such as Taekwondo. I haven’t always had this appreciation. Starting Taekwondo at a young age, I did not understand this as my attention span was rather limited. But as the years have gone by, I can honestly say that I have come to the realisation of what the true meaning of being a black belt is. It’s safe to say that over the years, I have had many commitments, each of which I do my utmost to achieve at a high level. At school, I strive to maintain a high academic standard. I have a love of music which is a big part of my culture and as such I have [...]
About 30 former students attended of 30 year anniversary at the Coorparoo HQ. The rain held off, and everyone enjoyed the BBQ and chatting with other former students. It was great to see so many student especially those travelling from the Gold Coast. All had fond memories of training in the 80's and 90's on old wooden floors in community halls. Founder Dr David Tan who has just come out of hospital made the journey up and talked to all the former students. All the students were impressed with our full time centre. It was our ultimate dream and being a former member of Tans it was theirs to share. Our first black belt George Ruch (1984) was there along with our first white to black belt Jeff Munster. Glenice Shaw who started Logan in the late 70's was also there and met some of the current students of Logan. Glenice is coming back to Taekwondo after nearly 17 years. It was great to hear that Taekwondo has made a big difference in their lives. Many attributed to where they are now to Taekwondo and the spirit of the Martial Arts. It seemed like only yesterday that these students were training. Now most have children or grand children. From the 80's of just Taekwondo, Tans has evolved and offers hapkido and kumdo. Master Michael Tan, Chrissie Bowie (Taekwondo Logan) and Terje Svingen (Hapkido) put on a demonstration of Kumdo. Master Tan and son Liam also demonstrated the new Daedo electronic chest guards. All were amazed at how far the sport had come and the use of technology. We hope that all former students keep in touch and plans are underway to host a 35 year [...]
Welcome to Tans Taekwondo. We are converting our website over to WordPress. This is my first post. We hope this blog will all students to be more interactive. Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Regards Master Michael Tan.