Lo­cal mar­tial artist off to Korea

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - COLLEEN SHELDON

For the first time, New Zealand is send­ing a team of five mar­tial artists to Bu­san, South Korea to com­pete at the 9th World Hap­kido Fes­ti­val and Cham­pi­onship next month.

More than 1100 in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors com­pete at the pre­miere event from Oc­to­ber 15 to 22, among them will be Palmer­ston North’s An­thony Dyer .

An­thony will rep­re­sent New Zealand in the Black Belt Open Di­vi­sion for 1st to 3rd Dan, com­pet­ing in four cat­e­gories; pat­terns (hung), break fall, weapons (bo), and pre-chore­ographed self­de­fence.

Along with work­ing and train­ing, his fo­cus has been on fundrais­ing for Korea .

Bet­ter known as Ants, the 39-year-old, has been chief in­struc­tor at the Manawatu Hap­kido Club for the last 10 years and is also a fit­ness in­struc­tor at CLM Lido Health and Fit­ness Cen­tre.

It’s a long way from his home­town of Pa­pakura, where, in his teenage years, Dyer dab­bled in kick­box­ing, karate and box­ing. Hav­ing left school with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tions, he re­alised he wasn’t get­ting any­where.

‘‘I was keen to get away from be­com­ing another South Auck­land statis­tic’’

So, he packed up and moved to Palmer­ston North in 1996.

He heard about Hap­kido run at the time by Mal­colm Wright and went along for a les­son. Im­pressed, Ants joined up straight away and hasn’t left.

His life could have gone another way if it weren’t for the val­ues Hap­kido in­stilled.

‘‘We were taught re­spect, self­con­fi­dence, im­proved dis­ci­pline and to strive to the high­est of our ca­pa­bil­i­ties.’’

He teaches his Hap­kido stu­dents the same val­ues and it’s a phi­los­o­phy he ap­plied to his work life. Af­ter years of itin­er­ant work, he , at­tained a Diploma in In­ter­na­tional Sports Stud­ies with Dis­tinc­tion at IPC.

A prac­ti­cal work place­ment at the Lido re­sulted in a job, where he is en­er­gised by the changes he sees in peo­ple who are at­tend­ing the CLM Fit­ness Cen­tre.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter if they are a sportsper­son, a stressed-out per­son or had a health scare, if they are want­ing to get health­ier, I want to mo­ti­vate them to achieve their goals.’’

His last Korean fundrais­ing ef­fort are classes on proper breath­ing and stretch­ing at the Ran­giora Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 102 Ran­giora Ave, from 9.30am to 10.15am and 10.15am to 11am this Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 3. Do­na­tions are welcome.

PHOTO: COLLEEN SHELDON/SUPPLIED

Palmer­ston North’s An­thony Dyer is fundrais­ing to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the World Hap­kido Cham­pi­onships in Korea.

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