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Ella Gowlett achieves black belt

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 [...]

Life skills through Taekwondo

Life skills through Taekwondo 7th Dan Taekwondo essay by Michael Tan 2005   Preface For many years I wondered why the length of time in each Dan increased, as you got higher.  Initially I thought it was purely to keep the Dans in perspective.  Where would it end if people were allowed to grade every year or so.  I always new the time in the grade gave you experience and knowledge.  It is only after reflecting on this time that one realises this knowledge is something no practical grading can ever test.  This is one of the reasons why we should always respect our seniors.  They have a wealth of knowledge; which one should explore.  This essay is about what has kept me doing Taekwondo when all around me have quit.  In writing this essay I will endeavour to give an insight as to what I have learnt from Taekwondo.  I shall touch on the challenges, the set backs and the future of Taekwondo for me. There is not a day that goes pass where Taekwondo has not entered my life.  It has been that way for some 20 years since the opening of our own club and taking on the responsibility of instructing others.  Now at the age of 40, Taekwondo has given me great pleasures for more than ¾ of my life (33 years). Taekwondo is many things to many people; it has so many mystical powers that it becomes part of your life.   I was first introduced to through my father and his friends.  They had started in 1971 and were blue belts by the time I started.  Back then Martial Arts were just starting to boom in Australia as a [...]

By | May 29th, 2014|Martial Arts, Motivation, Tans Coorparoo|0 Comments

US Open trip

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 like Australia

  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.    

3 new black belts for Coorparoo

3 students who start in our junior program 4 years ago have finally achieved black belt. Partick and Roseanne Scodellaro and Tom Ryder all passed their 1st dan black belt on the 8th December 2013. Below is an essay for Tom about what black belt means to him. A Black Belt in the Korean art of Taekwondo means many different things to me; mostly I see it as a sign of respect. I look up to people who have gone the distance and achieved something that great, and I just want to stop and imagine what it was like for them? How did they do it? Then the thought races to me – “How am I going to do it?”  All these things eventually lead me to think - “Why am I doing this? Why am I getting my Black Belt?”  Of course the answer is that I want to have achieved a great milestone in my life. It means that I will have achieved a great deal of knowledge in the martial arts, and have gained great respect for the 5 tenets of Taekwondo – Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit. Once I’ve earned my Black Belt I know that wherever I go in the world I will get as much respect as I am giving the Black Belts now. Taekwondo is a way of living and a Black Belt signifies to me that I have reached a high skill level in my life. Receiving a Black Belt means years of hard work, studying, classes, confidence building, and teamwork.  A Black Belt requires discipline. By that I mean you can't just go through it all lazily. The Black Belt is about achieving perfect [...]

By | December 30th, 2013|Centres, Martial Arts, Motivation, Taekwondo, Tans Coorparoo|0 Comments

Pink Belt Week for Cancer Council

Cancer Council raises awareness and funds for prevention programs, support services and world-class research into women’s cancers.  Donate to Pink and make a real difference to those affected by breast and gynaecological cancers through prevention programs, support services and world-class research.  As a not-for-profit organisation, Cancer Council relies on the support of the media to promote fundraising efforts throughout the year. In 2013 they aim to raise around $9.4 million for Pink Ribbon Day, Girls’ Night In and Pink Ribbon Fundraisers. A total of $550 was raised this week through the sale of pink belts. Jeremiah Anderson Stella Anson Kim Astro Sam Atkinson Chrissie Bowie Paul Bowler Stephen Clark Tom Dean Billie Diery Daniel Egert Mitchell Egert Sam Feenstra Tom Feenstra Sasha Freslon Adam Gibson David Gibson Sarah Gibson Claire Gladman Aiden Gock Morgan Grace Jaminson Grinke Liam Hansen Savva Hatzipapas Chelsea Hobday Caleb Hodgkinson Niamh Hodgkinson John Keillerup Connor Leahy Declan Leahy Hamish Leddie Laura Leddie Spiro Livanes Nikhil Matthews David Meechan Jamie Meechan Joshua Mitchell Courtney Nichols Lachlan Nichols Connor Nicolson Judy Pascoe Max Ryder Tom Ryder Kiarra Sawynok Tom Sinnamon Leon Skerritt Lachlan Southwood Declan Stanley Claudia Tan Michael Tan Dominic Trevatt Jon Trotta Ethan Turner Madison Turner Presley Woods Brent Woolgar  

By | October 20th, 2013|Health, Martial Arts, Motivation, Taekwondo, Tans Coorparoo|0 Comments

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 | September 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 | July 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 | July 7th, 2013|Centres, Martial Arts, Motivation, Tans Coorparoo|0 Comments

What does Taekwondo mean to me?

I have been training and learning in Taekwondo for over 23 years. It has brought balance and moderation to my life, has given me self confidence and has improved my health and well being. Taekwondo is more than a hobby or pursuit, it is an integral part of my life. It reflects in how I look after myself and in how I consider others. I regard Taekwondo as a path which will guide me through a healthy, stable and balanced life. What has Taekwondo taught me in and out of the dojang? When I first took up Taekwondo in 1990 I was a 20 year old man living in the often hostile surroundings of London. At times I became involved in street fights and bar rooms brawls. I would not consider myself a violent person however I have found that insecurity often leads to aggression to prove manliness. I actually took up Taekwondo to relieve a back injury. I was looking for a sport or activity which would give me good physical condition and flexibility. The wider benefits came as a great surprise. As I progressed in my competency and ability in Taekwondo I found that I did not feel compelled to prove myself in social situations. I found that rather than violence finding me, I did not attract confrontation. This could be from the added maturity I gained from my learnings. I am grateful to Taekwondo for this influence. There have been times when due to injury, extensive work or other commitments I have been unable to continue My training and these have invariably led to imbalance and poorer health and physical condition. At times during short spells where I have been unable to train [...]

By | May 30th, 2013|Centres, Motivation, Tans Coorparoo|0 Comments