Par­tic­i­pants look to im­prove skills

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MERE­ANA AUSTIN

Jump­ing front kicks, turn­ing back fists and in­side blocks – it was all on dis­play at Mata­mata Col­lege.

On Satur­day, March 5, North Is­land tae kwon do clubs gath­ered at Mata­mata Col­lege’s Bradley Gym for a four-hour train­ing session or­gan­ised by New Zealand’s World Tae Kwon Do Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Matt Ran­som.

Tae kwon do cham­pi­ons from around the world at­tended, in­clud­ing two-time China cham­pion Gina Gao, who is now liv­ing, study­ing and train­ing in New Zealand.

There was a big dif­fer­ence be­tween train­ing in China and train­ing in New Zealand Gao said; in China it was a lot more rig­or­ous.

The Mata­mata Col­lege session con­sisted of stretches, fit­ness, tech­niques and competition tips to up­skill trainees and in­struc­tors and also to give ev­ery­one a chance to learn about cham­pion train­ing ethics.

Mata­mata tae kwon do in­struc­tor, Heather Cof­fey said it was or­gan­ised by Mr Ran­som to im­prove mem­bers’ skills.

Cof­fey said a sim­i­lar train­ing session would be held in Tau­ranga at the end of April.

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