Class Instructor: Kids Class
Assistant Instructor: Adult/Youth Class
Mr Brock is a I dan (first degree black belt) and has been a member of Riccarton club since he began training in 2011. He began assisting at the kids classes from 2013, then became a kids class instructor and adults class assistant instructor in 2015.
Mr Brock has been an active member in the South Island region and New Zealand, regularly competing at regional and national tournaments along with seminars and demonstrations. He enjoys meeting and teaching new people and having a good time at training. Outside of Taekwon-Do, Mr Brock is in his fourth and final year of a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Canterbury.
Interview with Mr Brockerhoff
How did you get started in Taekwon-Do?
April 2011. I had previously done Aikido but I stopped. I can’t really remember why, and I wanted to start a martial art again that I would stick to.
When did you receive your first degree (I dan) black belt?
I graded to I dan along with Miss Kim in December 2015 under Master Rocky Rounthwaite. The grading was tough, but we had been training the whole year for it so took it in our stride!
When and how did you start instructing?
I started helping out at a school holiday programme when we first ran it in 2013/2014, some time around then. From there I just started helping out a lot more afterwards. So I helped out during the kids class back when Mr Ho and Mr Shibata were taking it.
What do you think makes a good Taekwon-Do practitioner/student?
Someone who is diligent and pushes themselves through any setback. Taking every opportunity they have to learn and having a positive mindset is also very important.
Who inspires you in Taekwon-Do?
Probably anyone who I’ve had teach me or trained with, even people junior to you can be role models.
What are your favourite hand and foot techniques?
Hand technique - knife hand. I like how it is the perfect technique for demonstrating how to get your entire body into one technique using your hips and body mass. Foot technique - side kick. It’s just powerful and fun.
What is your most embarrassing Taekwon-Do moment?
Most of my embarrassing moments happen when I’m trying to teach. For example, I was teaching the adult class one time, demonstrating front rising kick, and my standing foot slipped and I fell onto my butt. And then the whole front row proceeded to mimic and laugh at me. How terrible.
What are the highlights in your Taekwon-Do career?
All the tournaments that I’ve been to and all the students that I taught at their grading, I guess my black belt grading as well.
What is your biggest achievement in your Taekwon-Do career?
I’d say probably getting my black belt and teaching the many people that have come through our club. I quite enjoying teaching and seeing people learn and achieve success and that’s quite important to me, I suppose.
What are your personal goals for the future?
I’d like to keep increasing my knowledge and skills in Taekwon-Do. My flexibility is something I have to see some measurable gains in. I would also like to see Riccarton club gain more members and maintain our high level of quality teaching.
Mr Brockerhoff Taekwon-Do CV