Taking on the world stage
STUDENTS trained in taekwondo by one of the world’s highest-ranking instructors will fly the flag at the world championships in Minsk this month.
Grandmaster Linda Low (69) teaches the martial art at her Inspirit Taekwon-Do Academy in Darlington, Helena College and other venues in the Swan Valley.
STUDENTS trained in taekwondo by one of the world’s highest-ranking instructors will fly the flag at the world championships in Minsk.
Grandmaster Linda Low (69) is the only woman in the world to be promoted to 9th Dan by the International Taekwon-Do Federation.
For more than 25 years she has taught the martial art in Darlington at her Inspirit Taekwon-Do Academy, Helena College and other venues in the Swan Valley.
Students selected to compete in the world championships from August 19 to 27 excelled in events at the Nationals in Sydney.
Ms Low said students trained for many hours to prepare for the International Taekwon-Do Federation Junior and Veteran World Championships.
Her son Justin is a 5th Dan black belt and world bronze medallist and he will join them as one of three Australian coaches at the events.
“The students are very excited about the championships and one of the girls is literally counting the days until we go,” she said.
To be world-class, the girls practise their patterns for several hours a day until they perfect their rhythm, balance and timing.
Mt Helena’s Jade Lynch and Brianna Burgess, of Brigadoon, are 1st Dan at the age of 14 and Brianna’s father Jon is a bronze medallist and 2nd Dan who has not lost his desire to compete at 52.
Second Dan Astina Hammond (16), of Helena Valley, is the fourth member of the 2018 Inspirit team.
Brianna Burgess, Jade Lynch and Astina Hammond with Grand Master Linda Low.