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