Woo Kim Taekwondo held is annual winter test under the direction of 9th degree Grand Master Gil Woo Kim. In addition to numerous coloured belts there was also a significant black belt test and demonstration.
Four black belts successfully completed their promotions: Katrina Cain (1st degree black belt), Noah Duncan, Guy Facey and Beth Matthews (all 2nd degree black belts). “It’s nice to see the new colours on the students’ waists,” says Richard Dobbs, head instructor.
Students were tested on their kicks, punches, footwork, knowledge, Poomse (or patterns), self-defence and board breaking. “It can seem daunting for kids and adults alike, the nerves and their ability to overcome them are one of the things we are testing,” explains Dobbs.
In addition to the testing, Grand Master Kim always offers a black belt seminar. “Grand Master Kim is just back from a trip to Korea and had lots of new skills and training methods to show us.” Dobbs, having recently completed NCCP coaching designations, will be touring clubs around Vancouver Island over the winter break observing operations and sharing teaching techniques both new and old.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art literally translating as “way of the hand and foot.” Taekwondo is great for teaching students confidence, co-ordination, agility, flexibility and overall fitness. Woo Kim Taekwondo also teaches core values such as courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.
Classes are held at both the Comox and Courtenay recreation centres for ages five to age 65. Register for classes at the rec centres. Call Richard Dobbs for more information: 250-897-2452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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