Stu­dents make the grade

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By VANESSA WILT­SHIRE

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.

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