Keep up with our Kubz!

November 22, 2014 in Kubz

Check out these photos of our 3-5yos holding their side kicks. I think the rest of us have work to do!

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Newsletter, December 2014

November 22, 2014 in Club life, Events, Kubz, News

Hi everyone

The December 2015 newsletter contains details about the grading on 15 December. Be ready, practise everything and know all of your theory. Everyone will grade at Churchill Park School, and there will be no classes at Glendowie Primary School on Monday 15 December.

Pregrading is the week of 1 December in regular classes. Make sure you give your best! Remember, you must have sufficient sessions since your last grading, pass the pregrading, and (children) bring a completed report sheet to your instructor. (Search this site for “report sheet”.)

The newsletter also has dates for our final sessions for 2014 and first sessions for 2015. And it has some cool photos from 2014.

Remember that grading fees are due in December and January despite our three week break. There is an annual reregistration fee payable to International Taekwon-Do that is paid for you in lieu of the three weeks’ training.

Merry Christmas!



Pregrading week beginning 1 December 2014

November 18, 2014 in Events, News

Hi Parents

It is week 6 already, and pregrading is in week 8. Time to complete those report sheets, and bring them along before week 9. Student report card v01

As you know, we try to support you and your child(ren) at home and at school by reinforcing good behaviour all the time. Poorly behaved students don’t get to grade.

This term, all students from all classes will grade together on the same day: Monday 15 December at Churchill Park School.

  • Under 9yo, 5pm
  • 9-12yo, 6pm
  • 13yo+, 7pm

We cannot get the Churchill Park hall on Tuesday 16 December, so we will train outside.

Students, ensure you are practising at home! And know your theory!

Congratulations Damyan, Thomas and Matthew!

November 18, 2014 in Events, News

Last Sunday there was a peewee tournament in Pukekohe. Three from our club competed (Damyan Ng, Thomas Lee, Matthew Curtis).  Thomas won 4th place for patterns in his group.  Damyan came close to placing for flying kick and sparring.

The boys all enjoyed themselves.

I am very pleased with you three for attending, and for your great efforts. With more experience, I know you will win medals! Congratulations!

Next year, let’s all follow the example of these three, and compete in tournaments!

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Who is interested in a “Guardian Angel” course for parents and children?

November 15, 2014 in Events, News

Hello parents

Our good friend and self-defence expert, Mr Phil Thompson, is almost ready to teach his “Guardian Angel” course.

This is a very practical and fun self-defence course designed for 9+ year old children and their parents. I am very eager to run one in early 2015. Who would be keen to participate with their child(ren)?

There would be a charge for this course, but I am not sure how much it will be. I seek interest presently, to confirm numbers once details are confirmed. The course is likely to be a half day.

Mr Thompson’s course teaches very real material in a fun and appropriate way, a bit like a good animated kids’ film (fun for the kids, with special content for the adults). I believe the course is practical for the children, with parents sitting down the back.

We’ve come a long way with our self-defence content for children in the past two years, and I am very happy with our progress. A course with Mr Thompson will take us all to the next level.

Who is keen?

Walking Stance

November 14, 2014 in Taekwon-Do tips

Check out this video with Dr Valles explaining the walking stance (feat. Mr Wilson):

The walking stance is a long, strong stance, that should be very stable. Imagine you are standing on train tracks, where the tracks are as wide as your shoulders. If you are too narrow, your instructor can push you over with one finger! If you are too wide, your body is very open to attack, and you are slower to move.

Here are some key points:

  • Walking stance is designed for up to two opponents – one in front of you and one behind you.
  • The stance is one shoulder-width wide, for stability.
  • For shorter, stocky people, the stance is one and a half shoulder-widths long. For slim people, it is longer.
  • Your back leg is locked straight. If your leg is bent, you will be knocked back when you hit something!
  • Your front leg is bent so the front of your knee is over your ankle, with the foot pointed straight ahead. If your leg is straight, the person in front of you can break your leg. If it is bent too far, you cannot move backwards quickly.
  • Your back foot is pointed no more than 25 degrees outward. If your foot is pointed sideways, the person behind you can easily break your leg.
  • Keep your torso upright – ensure you are not leaning forwards or backwards.
  • For some movements, such as punches and rising blocks, your hips and shoulders are straight so your body is full facing.
  • For other movements, such as side blocks (including forearm low block and inner forearm middle block), your hips and shoulders are angled very slightly, called “half-facing”. Not sideways!


Hamish Robson-Wright

1st Dan

Please help at the Glendowie Primary School Fair, 22 November

November 9, 2014 in Club life, Events

Hi everyone

We seek your help:

  • Date, Saturday 22 November 2014
  • Time, 10am-2pm (set up 9:30am)
  • Location, Glendowie Primary School

We are very grateful to our schools for letting hire their halls as training venues. One way we show our appreciation is by supporting their school fairs.

We will charge $2 for 2 mins kicking pads, and donate all of the money to the school.

We need people to come along and help out holding pads, and have fun during the day, please. In particular, I teach the Kubz class until 10:30am, so I need some help setting up and getting things started. Red belts, remember you need credit points before you can grade to black belt, so this will help you, too.

We will also:

  • Give out flyers about our classes, and
  • Ask those kicking (and others) to write their names, phone numbers and email addresses on a sheet so we can contact them. We could even draw one random name from the list and give that person a self-defence handbook!

Please confirm your attendance to your instructor.

Red belts and black stripes, 6pm Tuesdays

November 8, 2014 in Club life

Red belts and black stripes

Your training begins 6pm Tuesdays for the next six weeks. While I am teaching the 9-12yo class, warm up, set up the breaking machines, and practise breaking for grading for an hour.

See you Tuesday!

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by Minette

Instructors Conference reflections

November 4, 2014 in Events, News, Taekwon-Do tips


As almost everyone knows six of us went down to Rotorua to attend the Instructors Conference and so I thought I would share some of the things that I learnt over the weekend.

1. Master McPhail mentioned that a little bit of practice everyday is better for you than big chunks of training. By that he meant spent 2 mins or 5 mins or 10 mins a day practising. That could be practising a block for that time or a kick or just running through your pattern slowly but making sure everything is accurate. Little and often !

2. Master Rimmer took us for a pattern session and mentioned that one of the first dan patterns needs a LOT of practice because it is not something that you can just do on the day and do well. I think, especially as a coloured belt this applies to all patterns. Practice the movements that are new to you, do them stationary, then moving, then on a pad and then in the pattern and keep practising (all your patterns not just your current one!)

3. Flexibility and stretching. Master Dahar has some pretty strict rules about flexibility in his club. To improve he recommends that you spend five minutes a day working on your flexibility: Box splits and front splits both sides hold each stretch for 30 secs and repeat the sequence 3 times. The secret here is to do this DAILY (see little and often)

Hope that helps

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by Minette

Hip flexibility

October 29, 2014 in News, Taekwon-Do tips


This is one for us older kids but will be just as good for our intermediates.
Southern cross TaeKwon-Do posted this earlier this week and it covers some good hip flexibility movements/stretches. As with everything we do in TKD repetition is key, so if you don’t already I really recommend incorporating some mobility work into your weekly or daily routines especially a combination of these movements. Remember that if you have more questions about mobility Mr Robson-Wright (Hamish) is pretty awesome and knows some awesome stuff, but in the mean time get better hip mobility here