There are some great photos from our two sessions with special guest power breaking expert Mr Brendan Doogan you can view here! It was a great atmosphere as people broke boards for the first time and technique improved over both of the classes.
If you're feeling inspired about breaking and want to continue to improve and also have some goals to work towards, check out these two things:
BREAKING CLUB is an informal opportunity to break boards with other TKD practitioners from any ITKD club in Auckland on Saturdays at 3pm at 198 Marua Rd. Breaking Club is included in your membership if you are a Warrior Taekwon-Do member so it is free for you to go along! Breaking Club also has its own Facebook page.
BREAKING COMPETITION - Breaking Club is hosting a fun power breaking competition, with divisions for adults and under 18s. The idea is to have some fun with breaking and give yourself a challenge to work toward in your breaking, in a friendly environment. The competition is on 5 September and being held at our dojang, so make sure you enter ASAP to help the organisers out. ENTER HERE
Visiting International Expert - Soledad Serrano
Next month New Zealand is extremely fortunate to have multiple world champion Soledad Serrano visiting from Argentina and taking a full day seminar for green belts and above over 10, as well as private lessons for anyone of any rank or age.
Being a far flung country, it is rare for these opportunities to come up to receive training and insights from internationally-recognised experts from other countries, so if you are a green belt or above we encourage you to make the most of this opportunity and register for what will be an inspirational, full day of training that will help propel your Taekwon-Do to the next level.
It is being held on Sunday 27 September (first Sunday of the school holidays), right at 198 Marua Rd, Ellerslie. The seminar is expected to sell out, so register now to avoid disappointment.
Register here for the full day seminar and/or private lessons
As I sit down to write this newsletter it is Friday morning, the day after our largest colour belt grading in history - 90 candidates across three branches! It also means there's the big task of sorting out and allocating a record number of belts and stripes before me - and I cannot WAIT to get started! - because every one of the belts and stripes before me tells a story.
Amongst the pile of colour sitting on my desk there swirl the stories of kids who have graded through the mini kids syllabus and just started a new journey as brand new yellow stripes on the colour belt syllabus.
There are stories of students of all ages and ranks who have had bumps in the road and chosen to see them as challenges rather than as road blocks, exemplifying the tenet of perseverance.
Some of these stripes and belts have been hard fought, hard won - but, you see, there is also the story of indomitable spirit here among all these colours.
There are stories of young people who didn't have a lot of confidence or self esteem when they first started training with us who have just successfully graded to green stripe, green belt and beyond.
There are stories of mature students who didn't know if "they'd be able to train at their age" who have just earned an internationally recognised rank in a respected martial art, and continue to progress and achieve new things every day.
At a broader level our record grading also tells the story of the Warrior Three Kings branch - which has come of age as the original members from its opening in 2013 are coming onto and rising up the colour belt syllabus, and Warrior Diocesan branch which has exploded in growth this year and had most of its members grading on Thursday night too.
There's also the story of our amazing instructors, who go above and beyond to make sure you are ready and want the best for our students.
I have been a part of the Warrior story since it first began in a rugby club rooms near the Mt Wellington Countdown back in 2009 and continue to love being a part of it, because we have such amazing students and parents, and a wonderful instructing team who all work together to create something that I believe is truly special.
To those who have just graded - congratulations from the whole Warrior team, and we hope you enjoy learning your new patterns and techniques - you will receive your results and new stripes and belts this week.
And to everyone - thanks for continuing to support each other and support us. We couldn't do what we do without you.
We've got a large number of candidates from our 3 Warrior branches that have been put forward for the colour belt grading this week and we wish them all the best! If you are ranked:
- white belt to grade to yellow stripe
- yellow stripe to grade to yellow belt
- yellow belt to grade to green stripe
- green stripe to green belt
you will have received or will be receiving today an invitation to grade at the earlier time of5.30pm. If you wish to take this up, however you MUST contact the office by email to confirm today.
If you are not grading this time round, don't be disheartened - it's really not a race to get through the belts. Occasionally I am asked "how long does it take for the average person to get to black belt?" And the answer is that the average person doesn't become a black belt. The average person doesn't even become a red belt, or a blue belt, or a green belt, or a yellow belt because the average person gives up before they reach their goals. Keep persevering, and you will achieve your goals.
Class Changes & Cancellations This Thursday
Due to the gradings this week:
- The Thursday 4.30pm class will take place in the back half of the dojang and run for 45 minutes.
- The Thursday 5.30pm and 6.30pm class is CANCELLED. You are welcome to attend a5.30pm class or 6.30pm class on a different day this week instead. 5.30pm classes are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and 6.30pm on Monday and Tuesday.
Under 18s Tournament
We'd like to congratulate Mischke & Leighton Hendricks (pictured above) who came away with 5 medals in total at the second in the Under 18 Tournament Series in Palmerston North in the weekend. They both won gold in their patterns divisions and silver in their sparring divisions, with Leighton also picking up a silver in specialty.
The final tournament in the under 18s series will be in Auckland and in November - so if you're under 18 and keen to get involved in this tournament it's something you can be working towards.
Auckland North Kids Camp
The Auckland North Kids Camp is nearly full already - so if you were planning to register your child make sure you do it this week or you might miss out. The entry close date is officially the 31st of August, but the camp is likely to fill up before then.
Warrior Family Members - Free TKD Course!
This week is your last opportunity to register for our adult beginners course (for ages 13+) which starts next week on Tuesday and Thursdays and is free for family members of Warrior students.
Use your family member's name as a "voucher code" to register as a free participant. If you have friends interested in joining in too, there is a 50% offer available on our Facebook page they can apply to the course fee.
Master McPhail is pictured above with Grandmaster Hector Marano. He wings back today from the Gold Coast where he has been taking an International Instructors Course (IIC).
Colour Belt Grading Forms Back This Week
This is the last week for you to get your colour belt grading forms back to the office - they are due by Friday this week. Remember that forms can only come from instructors if they think you are ready to grade, so please don't ask for them at the office. Please ask your instructor or your child's instructor if you have questions about progress and grading readiness.
Warrior Sweatshirts - Last Orders Due by Friday This Week
If you want to order one of our popular Warrior Taekwon-Do sweatshirts this is your last chance this year and orders must be received using the online form by Friday 7 August. There are youth sizes ($45) and adult sizes ($55) available.
Warrior Family Members - Free TKD Course!
If you are a family member of a current Warrior Taekwon-Do student aged 13+ you can do our three-week beginners course for free! The course starts on Tuesday 18 August and places are limited so make sure you register now.
It is on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6.30pm, and will equip you with all the basics of Taekwon-Do. We are unlikely to run any more of these courses this year so this is your last opportunity to give it a go - Taekwon-Do is definitely not just for the kids!
When you register use your family member's name as a "voucher code" to register as a free participant. If you have friends interested in joining in too, there is a 50% offer available on our Facebook page they can apply to the course fee.
When we talk "breaking news" we're of course talking about power breaking! There is a lot to get you excited in the world of power breaking coming up really soon:
- This Saturday at 3pm Breaking Club starts under the guidance and supervision of Mr John Matsuoka, 5th Dan at 198 Marua Rd. Breaking Club is a time to come and practice and improve your breaks whether you are a complete novice or more experienced and get help and feedback from other breakers as well as Mr Matsuoka. Breaking Club is free for all Warrior members from any branch (it costs other clubs!)
- In two Thursday's time (20 August) we have special guest power breaking expert Mr Brendan Doogan, 2013 World Champion in the power breaking event coming to share his knowledge and expertise at the 5.30pm and 6.30pm classes.
- On Saturday 5 September there is a fun Breaking Competition for adults of any rank, and kids ranked at least yellow belt. There are a few Warrior entries already, and we encourage more of you to enter - more details and registration here.
TKD Kubz Grading Date
For our little ones with orange belts, the next TKD Kubz grading date has been set for Monday 7 September during class time - so make sure you put that date in your diary. We will be releasing more information in the coming weeks.
Finally - it's our last week of our Plank Challenge and we've seen an improvement in times. See if you can gain a little more time in our final week of the challenge - good luck!