Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Sports

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE 1 - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

The out­stand­ing com­mu­nity pro­gram con­tin­ues to grow and in­vites all ages and fam­ily mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate.

Master Louise Wood­ward is a 4th de­gree black belt and Master in Tae Kwon Do with 18 years of train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence. It is clear from the amount of time she ded­i­cates to Tai Kwon Do that it is a very big part of her life, some­thing she shares pas­sion­ately with her stu­dents.

Her cour­ses, held sev­eral times per week in Len­noxville and Coat­i­cook, are struc­tured to be as fun as they are in­struc­tive. Master Wood­ward in­stils self-con­fi­dence while in­cor­po­rat­ing and pro­mot­ing fit­ness, disci- pline and re­spect for one­self and oth­ers. Her ul­ti­mate goal is to in­tro­duce the art of Tai Kwon Do and guide stu­dents to master the as­so­ci­ated tech- niques.

High­lights of her classes in­clude: Korean vo­cab­u­lary, laugh­ter, prac­tice, prac­tice

and prac­tice (lead­ing to a “strip’’ which demon­strates a stu­dent’s suc­cess­ful grasp of a par­tic­u­lar ac­tion), one-onone teach­ing, a friendly fam­ily at­mos­phere (with stu­dents of higher belt de­grees help­ing the lower belts) and great struc­ture and or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The high­light for ev­ery stu­dent is test day! Af­ter three months of prac­tice and mas­ter­ing tech­niques, stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to “show their stuff’’ in front of a panel of black belts. At the end of the test, stu­dents are awarded a new higher coloured belt. In or­der for a stu­dent to test, they must have writ­ten per­mis­sion from their par­ent(s) and school­teacher at­test­ing that they have earned the right as a re­sult of abid­ing by the tenets of Tai Kwon Do.

Stu­dents who par­tic­i­pate and are mem­bers of Vague Bleue Tai Kwon Do have an enor­mous amount of re­spect for Master Wood­ward. Her unique style has earned her a great rep­u­ta­tion. Whether it is a much-needed hug to a young stu­dent or a stern voice to make a point, her ac­tions al­ways demon­strate re­spect and mean­ing. While her classes are an hour long, she is al­ways there early and will stay late to pro­vide ex­tra help. She lis­tens with in­tent, pro­vides great sup­port, and is a men­tor and friend to all of her stu­dents.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Louise Wood­ward, re­cip­i­ent of the Sports Award, is seen here with her presentor, Matt Mc Brine, and Bor­ough pres­i­dent, David Price.

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