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Thinking about Saturday, 2 July, it will be a day I will never forget.
It was the day when I put myself up for grading to 6 Dan.
I passed and am eternally grateful to the assistance of several important instructors who have guided me over the last six months of preparation: Master Rocky Rounthwaite; Master Lawrence Mantjika; Sabum Carl Robinson; Sabum Richard Burr; Sabum Graeme Walshe and Sabum Dane Canton.
Thankyou to Sabum Walshe and Ms Millissa Bethel for taking my Wednesday classes to free me up for training.
Thankyou to my students who uncomplainingly put up with my non attendance for close to two months.
I couldn't have competed this project without your input.
I'd like to share three things which applied to me over this period. They are part of what is called the Philosophy of Taekwon-Do, and are words written by the Founder of our art, General Choi Hong-Hi.
Be content with money and position, but never in skills. Grading to higher levels always requires students to learn more and harder things that are mentally and physically challenging.
Do the things that are worthwhile even though they are difficult. Part of what it means to be human is to continually reinvent ourselves by setting new limits and boundaries, or else we stagnate and don't realise our true potential.
Once you start something, don't stop until it is finished. This project was six years in the making. I had an opportunity to do it in five but realised then that I was not ready. But it always felt like unfinished business until I finally did it.
So doing this grading has allowed me to grow as a human and in some way has made me a better version of myself.
Thankyou General Choi for the legacy that you have left the world that is Taekwo-Do! ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations Mr Lowe. It was an inspiration watching you on Saturday. There were times you seemed to be getting frustrated but your perseverance was incredible.
It was inspirational and a privilege standing next to you on the floor Sir! I look forward to doing it again in six years time for the “big” one. 🙂
CONGRATULATIONS Mr Lowe... I still carry with me, the lessons you taught when I started my TKD journey back in 1987-1990. I'm so happy to hear of your achievement. Well done.
Awesome work sir! Congratulations!
Congratulations sir! Great work!
Congratulations &An Excellent effort Sir
Very proud of you son and Mum is to.Love you.
Congratulations Sir, well done.
Congratulations again Sir!🙏🤩
Congratulations, Mr. Lowe
Your inspiration, discipline and execution is epic 👏🏻. You deserve it and others should learn from your success 🏻
Well Done Mr Lowe . Congratulations 👏🏾
Well done Mr. Mike Lowe, big congratulations to you!
Well done Rich,still take you out just like tennis.🤣
Congratulations Mr Lowe, well done Sir!
In ITF Taekwon- Do we practise tul. Unless you know what to look for it might look like we are just practising technique. But when we practise with the correct emotional connection it's something else again!"Formality must be distinguished from reality. Formality is the technique, the shell of the movements, but the reality of a Kata, its interior, needs the soul. He can perform a Kata with perfect technique but if it has no soul, it has no value, it is not real.
I remember when I started training in the Shotokan Dojo, my seniors told me that when Waka Sensei performed a Kata, those who saw him felt a feeling of danger, it seemed like he was having a real fight. In performing a Kata we must be able to convey our inner strength and determination in every strike and defense. If the people who watch a Kata being performed don't feel anything, then the Kata has not been executed in the correct way. It is not a question of technique, there are students who do not have a purified technique, but in their movements, there is more danger and determination than practitioners who perform kata with perfect technique. That of the latter continues to be mere gymnastics, a dance exercise, with Karate movements." - Master Taiji Kase in an interview by an unknown author.
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Kia ora tātou.
We are a small club which would love to stay open at all levels of the Traffic Light system.
Apart from the self-defence skills, doing what we do helps to keep us resilient despite the attacks on our physical and mental well being in this current environment.
If a positive or even suspected case of COVID-19 infection entered our club, then the restrictions that would be placed on us would be severe.
We will become a place of contact, and self isolation rules will apply to staff and students who have had close contact with the case.
Our club could be forced to close which would be a devastating outcome for our whānau.
So forgive us for insisting on some strict rules for all those who enter our building. They are designed to keep not just our staff, students and whānau safe, but indeed the whole community.
So don't be scared to come and train with us.
Mā whero mā pango, ka oti te mahi / With your contibution and my contribution, the work will be done
Our COVID-19 Rules
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