What do you need?
People start martial arts for different reasons. Some are fascinated by martial arts » and want to learn one. Some see the importance of learning self defence » in today’s uncertain world. Many seek a different kind of sport » – something exciting, challenging, dynamic, and just a bit physical. Some want a more interesting and fun way to get fit » with their family and meet new friends.
International Taekwon-Do offers all of this and so much more. The senior instructor, Kris Herbison, started training as a youth over 20 years ago. The reason he never left is because when his interests changed, International Taekwon-Do continued to meet them. He was always interested in martial arts, and wanted to learn self-defence. After a while, he was drawn to tournaments and enjoys competing, and then developed his instructing and umpiring skills and also was involved in organisational development in New Zealand. He soon realised that he had so many friends involved, training was the best way to see them.
All our instructors enjoy sharing their knowledge with the next generation of martial artists, and continue to be fascinated by how to use the body effectively in the method of self-defence, and the psychology of self-protection.
Benefits for youth and adults
The benefits of International Taekwon-Do are numerous and varied. Physical benefits include improved fitness and strength, and the ability to do some really cool things with your body.
Students improve confidence and bearing, humility (it is one thing to be able to hold your foot at head height; another to show it off), focus and resolve, and concentration.
The feeling you get from a hard training session is very satisfying. The ability to smash three 20mm boards with your hand or foot is exhilarating.
One of the great things about martial arts is the ability to measure progress in so many ways. The most obvious is by rank. Students start at white belt, and make their way through 10 grades to 1st degree black belt. Then things get really exciting, through nine degrees of black belt to Grand Master.
Dedicated students in this age group can often attain 1st degree black belt in about four years, and fourth degree black belt (Sabumnim, International Instructor) in about 12 years.
If you and your children are in Riccarton, Burnside or the wider Christchurch area, and want a great activity come along to International Taekwon-Do and have a go!
Come along this week and rise to the challenge!