Students make the grade
STUDENTS of the Heathcote Taekwondo Club put hours of training to the test at their grading in Bendigo on Wednesday night. Wayne Ettwell, the head instructor at the club, said that more than half of their students participated.
“The results were fantastic,’’ Mr Ettwell said. “Just about every student moved up a level. But the most important thing is that they did their best and had fun. All of our students have improved this year. I’m extremely proud of their achievements”.
Mr Ettwell, who has been practising Taekwondo for more than two decades, said that it was his son’s love of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that introduced him to the 2,000-year-old Korean art form. “My son was obsessed,” Mr Ettwell said. “Because of it, we decided to give Taekwondo a go. Things just went from there”. Over the years, Mr Ettwell has competed internationally, representing Australia twice in South Korea.
“Taekwondo is a sport for all ages,” Mr Ettwell said. “Because it’s a sport where you compete against yourself it’s great for people who feel anxious in team sports”.
He explained that children do well because it helps them with self-confidence and improves their ability to focus.
The Heathcote Taekwondo Club meets every Thursday at 6pm at the Barrack Stadium. The club looks forward to welcoming new members in 2019.
Members of the Heathcote Taekwondo Club.
Taekwondo helps young people with their confidence and focus.
Karra King and Wayne Ettwell, instructors at the Heathcote Taekwondo club.