Class Instructor: Kids Class,
Assistant Instructor: Adult/Youth Class
Interview with Miss Kim
How and when did you get started in Taekwon-Do?
I think I started in Year 11. But I can’t remember… It was 2010 or 2011. Yeah, 2011. I was looking for a physical extracurricular activity, and I was looking for either dance classes or martial art classes, and I was looking online, the dance classes were really expensive and there were no beginner classes for adults so I started looking for martial arts classes. There was a Taekwon-Do ad in my school newsletter so I emailed, and yeah, I just started. And I liked it.
When did you receive your first degree (I dan) black belt?
When did you start instructing, and why?
2014. Because Alice (Onland) left, and I just filled in for her.
What do you think is makes a good Taekwon-Do student/practioner?
Dedication, determination, and you actually really need to discipline yourself and really want to get better.
Who inspires you in Taekwon-Do?
People who are better than me. I guess when I started, Ms Caley was inspirational because she is so amazing and everything.
What are your favourite hand and foot techniques?
I like knifehand downwards strike because it feels good and I’ve broke tiles with it. And foot technique I guess, turning kick. Because it feels nice when you’re doing pad drills, and you can just throw your whole weight into it, and it makes a nice sound.
What is your most embarrassing Taekwon-Do moment?
OK so, I think it was my green belt or blue stripe grading. And it was with Mr Mantjika. And he grilled us for ages with no breaks, no water breaks and then I started seeing black spots and I started feeling like I was going to faint. And just standing with my hands just at ease was the hardest thing ever. My hands were so sore, I couldn’t hold them up. And I really wanted to just faint. And I could not see at all, because I was all black. And then I started getting asked theory questions and I still couldn’t see. And I was trying to answer questions. It was the most terrifying experience of my life. And then after awhile, I had some water and I started being able to see again. It was so embarrassing though!
What are the highlights in your Taekwon-Do career?
Just tournaments. Nationals are always really exciting because it is a bigger environment and you get inspired from other people and get to meet other people because ITF is mostly in the North Island right? So you go to Nationals and it’s a nice… broadening your horizons.
What are your personal goals for the future?
Improve my speciality. Just my general jumping, and my flying kicks. I just want to improve my strength and fitness.
Miss Kim Taekwon-Do CV