Participants look to improve skills
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.