Why taking up Taekwondo in my 40s was the best thing ever!  

By Kristy Hitchens – Brown Mouse Communications

Why taking up Taekwondo in my 40s was the best thing ever!  

And now you can do it too with my Top 5 Tips… 

 Kristy Hitchens performs a turning kick - www.tkdcentral.com

Am I having a near mid-life crisis?

Is that what this is?

Is this the equivalent of (*gulp!) buying a Harley or red sports car and dating a hot blonde?

All of this and more (MUCH more!) is what went on in my busy brain when I decided to take up martial arts in my 40s – specifically taekwondo and specifically right after I turned 4-Ohhhhhhhh.

For five years I had sat on the sidelines watching my son Lucas, 10, progress through the ranks of Taekwondo Central’s membership.

True. It was something I had considered. I like being active. I wouldn’t be the ONLY mum doing it I had thought to myself.

But comfort zones are…well…comfortable!

It’s hard to say exactly what it was that finally pushed me off that little bench on the sidelines and onto the floor.

Looking back it was possibly the result of a perfect storm.

Well-timed women’s self defence course presented by TC’s 6th Dan Black Belt Master Justin Warren which I seriously enjoyed and opened the door to these odd yet warm feelings of empowerment.

Committed encouragement from people I admire.

And finally, (but most significantly) the loss of a loved one far too soon which inspired me to just LIVE!

I turned up to my first training session a complete bundle of nerves. It felt like Lucas and I had undergone this mind-bending role reversal because there he was being all sweet and encouraging, tenderly patting my arm and telling me how proud he was of me for having a go. (*heart melts)

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Lucas & Kristy Hitchens In Action

I was utterly terrified that I would make a complete goose of myself in front of Master Justin, the other students and (worst of all) the other parents I had previously been sitting with on the sidelines.

Ridiculous when I think about it now but self doubt is a weird and persistent beast.

Master Justin has coached literally thousands of beginners all the way to Black Belt level so in hindsight, pretty sure he’s used to working with students who are just starting out – even uncoordinated over 40 ones!

The other students are busy doing their own thing and could care less how wonky my early kicking attempts were.

And finally, the other parents are busy watching their own kids (of course!) and had next to no interest in critiquing my efforts.

Despite all my early irrational fears, I kept going back for more. I had a fierce new training buddy in Juliani Wayan who I didn’t want to let down and I sure as heck did not want to give Lucas the impression his mum was a quitter.

On top of that, bit by bit and to my astonishment, I began to realise I was actually loving it.

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Kristy Hitchens with training partner Juliana Wayan after successfully passing their belt examination

 

Fast forward a little to now and I have added a couple more stripes to my belt and in the process, some other really incredible things have happened:

  • I discovered I really (like REALLY) love punching and kicking. Who knew that in your 40s you could discover a whole other thing that you would just find to be so much fun? That’s heartening don’t you think?
  • Turns out I’m WAY more determined than I had ever suspected. That’s code for stubborn. Yep, I’m really, REALLY stubborn but it actually helps when you’re learning a new skill.
  • Setting regular goals (like a belt level per term) that don’t come easily, that you HAVE to work towards, is so bloomin’ fulfilling. Don’t tell anyone but I really am so chuffed with myself.
  • When you try something new that not many other people are doing, you create an instant connection with a whole bunch of amazing new people because you’re sharing an experience that’s totally unique. I really love my new Taekwondo Central tribe and am so grateful to have found them.

Above all else, I think I may look back on this as one of the most significant things I have done as a parent for Lucas.

It is staggeringly joyous to be sharing a common interest with him like this. We set goals together, motivate and encourage each other and he gives me a hiding in sparring practice, bruised shins (It’s supposed to be non contact Lucas!) and all! We love training together.

Believe me when I say this kind of bond is not something you can achieve with even the most committed support from the sidelines. You actually have to get in there, bare feet and all, and do it WITH THEM.

Don’t get me wrong, I probably HAVE had a few goose-like moments in my taekwondo journey so far.

I suspect there’ll be quite a few more…I’m talking about you spin hook kick!

 But being a bit goosy matters little now when I consider everything Lucas and I have gained as a result.

It’s been a million times worth it.

So take it from me.  If you have entered 2018 and the vaguely middle part (I said VAGUELY!) of your expectant life with a desire to make things better AND an inkling that taekwondo classes might be the answer, here are my Top 5 Tips for starting taekwondo in your 40s.

  1. Work on flexibility.

To me, this guy is NUMERO UNO in importance. Head-height kicks are the signature taekwondo move and unless you work on flexibility, you won’t be kicking anyone above the toenail.  Much to my initial disgust, flexibility is just not something you can fake. But what I happily discovered is that you really can do stuff to improve it and you WILL notice the difference – pretty quickly even!

Flexibility decreases naturally as we age but working to improve it (stretching exercises every day if you can but at least three times a week) comes with a whole raft of associated health and wellness benefits like improved bloodflow, less aches and pains and greater ability to complete everyday tasks without discomfort.

You can Google up a bunch of ideas for increasing your flexibility. I’ve done two things.

The stretches we do before the start of every class, I do at home too on non-training days.

Also I found these dynamic stretches which seem to improve flexibility AND strength.

Stand on one leg. Lift the other leg to your imaginary opponent’s knee height and then put it down again but only very lightly touching your big toe on the ground. Repeat 12 times. Both legs.

Now do a similar action but lift your leg out to the side. 12 times, both legs.

And do the same again, but lifting your leg our behind you.

As you get better and stronger, work towards lifting your leg to stomach, chest and then head height.

The tip is not to be swinging your leg to get height and momentum. You should be relying ONLY on leg strength. Also, you shouldn’t find it really exhausting. You can feel the muscles working but it’s not like you’re gasping for breath or anything.

  1. Practice 

Training once or twice a week is not going to cut the mustard when you’re in your 40s. If you want to see real improvement in those kicks, you’re going to need to put in some time at home as well to build up that muscle memory in time for your next grading.

  1. It will hurt. Deal with it Princess. 

Your body is working in ways it has NEVER had to work before. Say HELLO to your Hip Flexors! During that first term I could not believe how sore I felt. My entire legs would ache and twitch after every session. Don’t get me wrong! It wasn’t excruciating or anything but yeah, it hurts. I’m telling you this now so you don’t have to be scared when it happens to you. It’s totally normal and not going to cause you any long-lasting damage. And guess what? After a while, it gets better!

 You don’t always hurt like you do in those first few months. It’s one aspect of ALL of this that just makes each little achievement that bit sweeter. Nobody is going to serve up a new belt to you on a silver platter. Ya gotta work for it baby!

In the meantime though, all those home remedies you’ve heard about really do help – hot baths, Epsom salts, massage, foam rolling, anti-inflammatory creams.

  1. Listen to your body 

Having said that, you get used to ignoring the groans and murmurs from your newly-discovered leg muscles, but listen up if that murmur turns into a SHOUT or worse, a SCREAM. You really do come to understand which pains are the ones you should be taking seriously as a sign to slow down or stop.

You don’t want to compromise your progress altogether by ignoring symptoms that need attention. The good thing about doing this in your 40s is that there is no real sense of urgency to reach your goals. You’re not working to a deadline. Take some time off if you need to. Heal properly and start again.

  1. Celebrate the journey 

Did you know that only 1 in 20,000 people who take up martial arts, actually ever make it to Black Belt? One day I hope to be one of them. I can’t actually visualise it yet. “I will need to be able to do wharrrrrrt???”

For now though, I’m just happy taking baby steps in that general direction. Every little improvement I can see and feel, every stripe on my belt. I take a moment to acknowledge the wins, no matter how small. Sounds kinda cheesey I guess but here’s where my awesome new tribe comes in. They understand the significance of the baby steps where others might not so much. They’ll join you in celebrating them, just as you will take joy in helping celebrate theirs.

So there you have it, my Top 5 Tips. But here my patient (if you made it this far) friend, is the REAL kicker These tips are actually equally relevant no matter what your age!

I know right??!!

So what are you waiting for? Age really has absolutely NOTHING to do with it. If you want it, get out there and (just) do it. I’ll see you on the floor.

Kristy x

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Why You NEED to get your kids into Martial Arts.

Benefits Of Martial Arts

By Kelly Platts

ANXIETY. It seems to be a problem suffered by more and more people these days. The worrying part, a lot of these people are actually our kids.

Why, whose to know exactly why. Lifestyle? Diet? Our Education system? Who knows, but it’s here and we need to develop ways to overcome it. Especially for our little ones. The earlier we can teach our kids how to handle the stresses and worries of life, the better off they will be.

We’ve seen it time and time again, parents have read about the benefits of martial arts and they decide to bring their kids along to try a class. Many will love it from the word go and will continue with it for years. Some last a few terms, others only a few lessons. It’s just not their thing, but they tried it!

But then there’s a small number of kids who just won’t give it a go, I suspect they want to, kids are naturally curious. But fear, shyness and anxiety are just too overwhelming and despite all efforts from Mum/Dad and Instructors it just ends in tears.

It is these kids that could actually really benefit the most from what Martial Arts and what Master Justin has to offer them.

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Hence the introduction of the “Double Dragons Program”.

A programme specifically designed for these little guys who just need that bit of extra support and attention. In this class Mum or Dad are 100% involved. They’re not sitting on the sidelines. With a parent by their side, often this is all that’s needed to get them going, and what a great bonding opportunity!

Class numbers are capped at a maximum of six, so not only do you get a more personal experience with Head Instructor Master Justin, the overall class feeling becomes a lot less intimidating for the kids.

The Program Is Designed To Improve & Develop

Childs Personal Safety Skills Great For Coordination Give Them A Confident Start Be There To Help Them Progress All Important, An Activity For Both Parent & Child Light to Moderate Exercise For Parent Increase Bonding

We’re really excited to see what this special class can achieve. Master Justin has a truly unique skill with little ones. His kind and gentle manner really gels with our all students, but his gift is without a doubt, best applied to the youngest members. We know there will be some really positive outcomes for the students in this class.

Kid in fighting stance

 

But don’t stop there, after experiencing some real successes with the Double Dragons, your child should have the courage and the confidence to take the next step, and by now you will have seen first hand the amazing energy and enthusiasm from Master Justin and the incredible benefits of training in Martial Arts.

Have a think about some of the qualities and skills you want your children to have as they transition from childhood into young adults. We all want them to be successful and in good health, to live long and rewarding lives, yes? In Mind, Body and Spirit!

 

What are some of the skills that successful people hold, how do they achieve success?

- Mental determination: The drive and desire to push for more.

- Perseverance: The ability to continue to walk forward in the face of defeat or disappointments that come along the way.

- Confidence: A belief in themselves and their ability to achieve what they want.

- Self Control: Understanding success involves some sacrifice.

- Problem Solving & Adaptation: An Extremely important skill that is needed across all areas of life!

- Patience, Integrity and humility. Traits that are invaluable to a successful and well rounded individual.

 

But there are two aspects to overall health.

One is your physical Health; the other is your mental health.  Without each other in unison, things just don’t run well.

A strong, healthy and fit body will undoubtable help carry them through a successful life.

- Balance: Without it we are pretty much buggered. What’s the one of the first things we lose into our elderly years? Balance! Utilise your muscles, exercise when you’re young and really strengthen your body and core. Your balance will remain with you for A LOT longer than the average person.

- Flexibility: Can you touch your toes? No? Why not? Age is no excuse! But starting early will make the transition into the golden years much easier!

- Muscle tone & Endurance: Good muscle tone promotes good posture, and having the strength to perform many daily activities are vital. Use it or lose it. There is no truer saying. Don’t move, and in years you will have trouble moving. Move more consistently through your life and in years to come you will still be moving!

So now you’ve read it, the benefits of Martial Arts are incredible! Why WOULDN’T you want to give this amazing opportunity and start in life to your kids?

 

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12 Of Our Taekwondo Central Members Pass Their Belt In December 2017 Black Belt Dan Grading – We Got Some Great Photos Too

 

The End of year black belt grading is a daunting task for many a martial artists. There aren’t many things more nerve racking than a physical and mental test in which you are being judged by persons who set a standard.

The wonderful thing is the amazing exhilaration felt after being victorious and gaining that crucial level. What I personally like about the Oh Do Kwan grading is you may not be judged by your own instructor.
This means instructors now need to hold a level in their students and students need to take responsibility for their training.

All students have been training for around 6 months for the examination with 2hr Sunday training sessions, and many hours of kicking, patterns, punch defence, self defence and sparring including a board breaking seminar all did their part in preparing our members in achieving their goal, with some overcoming personal barriers and fears to break through this new attained level

The Grading was marked by 16 Black belts of 4th Dan Black Belt or Higher including our Head Instructor Ajana Plunkett and Master Head Instructor Justin Warren
The Ohdokwan Taekwondo Black Belt Grading had approx. 95 people from both city and country clubs trying for their level,

All students were marked on Patterns, Kicking Combinations, 1 punch counters, 2 punch counters, self defence, knife defence, Taekwondo sparring, Korean kick boxing sparring, and Board breaking.
Congratulation to all and well done. The amount of combined experience, confidence and achievement will really show in our club

The end of year Black Belt Dan Grading had 12 of our members move up the Black belt ladder with

Passing 1st Dan Black Belt

Matthew Bowkley
Trinity Best
Ashlee Stone
Kian Stapleton
Rachel Atkinson

Passing 2nd Dan Black Belt

Maddison Booth
Mollie Swarbrick
Tahlia Gowland
Brooklyn Jauncey
Deacon Malatesta
Declan Higgins
Vanya Possingham

 

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BOOK NOW – LIMITED PLACES

TAEKWONDO CENTRAL JANUARY SUMMER HOLIDAY PROGRAM 2018
(Between Tuesday January 2nd 2018 – Monday January 29th 2018)

10% Discount If You Sign Up & Pay In 2017 

Bunbury – Monday & Wednesday – SWSC  (South West Sports Centre)
Australind – Tuesday & Thursday – Australind Town Hall (Behind Australind Shopping Centre)

Little Dragons / Super Dragons   
4.45 pm – 5.30 pm

     All Ages Taekwondo     
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

 Instructors - Ajana Plunkett -  4th Dan Black Belt
John Crawford -  3rd Dan Black Belt

This Summer we are offering a great opportunity to both our Little Dragons,
Super Dragons & Taekwondo members, We are offering an EXPRESS GRADING SYSTEM
for any members who wish to put in the commitment to training over the summer holiday period.

During the month of January. Should a student get enough experience over this period they will be rewarded
with a grading opportunity for their discipline. It’s a great chance to get focused over what can sometimes be a boring holiday period.

“Gain A Belt Level Over Summer”

 

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5.30pm – 6.30pm

Booked Out – No Places Left

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You will need to make to 8 training sessions and do a Friday night seminar to be able to grade

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Taekwondo Centrals Board Breaking Seminar was a great success with a solid turn out

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Board Breaking Seminar starts with a good stretch
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Students were taught the elements that make a successful board break which is a test of Technique, Speed, Power, Accuracy and Follow Through. Board Breaking is a crucial part of Taekwondo Gradings and can be a make or break point in the Taekwondo Black Belt Examination

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Kaiden Guiver practises Push Front Kick with Ariana Lloyd

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Thank you to Grand Master Ross Hartnett from Taekwondo Ohdokwan, we were very fortunate to attain the same boards used at the upcoming Black Belt Grading on November 26th 2017, so this was a rare chance to spend some time getting it to a high level.

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Melanie Buhlman smashes a board held by Gary Veljacich

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- Correct Breaking Technique for the main 5 kicks used for board breaking
- Correct board holding position for each kick
- Correct set up procedure for Black Belt Grading
- Using dramatics to elevate the break score

Board Breaking Seminar - Kelly Platts practises side kick board break with Rebecca Collis

Kelly Platts practises with Rebecca Collis

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We had great feedback from this seminar and wanted to thank

Grand Master Ross Hartnett & Grand Master Carmela Hartnett of Taekwondo Ohdokwan
Kelly Platts for organising delivery of official breaking boards
Paul & Jo Jauncey for organising back up boards (including Cutting) Huge Job – Thanks so very much

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 Maddison Booth is all power

 

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The Whole Family That Has Their Sights Set On Black Belt

Gary, Mel, Rebecca & Eric. Our Unbelievables

 

By Kristy Hitchens – Brown Mouse Communications

 

The guide to being a superhero parent

Lesson Number One: Wake up one morning and decide (REALLY decide) every person in your family needs a Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Literally.

That’s exactly how the most “Unbelievable” journey began for TKD Central parents Gary Veljacich and Mel Buhlmann.
And now our very own “Unbelievables” (because ‘The Incredibles’ was already taken AND it’s pretty ‘unbelievable’ we’re doing this!) are well on their way to achieving that dream.

Rebecca, now 10, had almost completed the Super Dragons syllabus and Eric,7, was rising through the ranks of Little Dragonflies when the inspiration hit.Gary and Mel simply decided one day that they wanted to be right there to support Rebecca as she made the transition from “the little kids’ classes” to junior Taekwondo.

Thanks to TKD Central’s unique twice-weekly family class in Australind, they were delivered an opportunity to train together as a family. Fast forward two years to Term 3, 2017 and The Unbelievables celebrated a stunningly memorable moment in their family’s history as Gary, Mel and Rebecca stood together before Master Justin for a Red Belt Grading Exam while Eric (still completing Super Dragons) watched from the sidelines.

Talk about the ultimate family bonding experience!

Now their sights are firmly set on attempting a Black Belt grading together next year.

Gary and Mel say they’re okay with the idea that it could take longer than that, but there is not a shadow of a doubt in their minds that they WILL all get there in the end. Unfortunately though, achieving a status in martial arts the majority of beginners will never actually realise, doesn’t come as easily as just waking up one morning and deciding. Former concreter Gary turns 60 next year and wages a constant war with old injuries but celebrates the remarkable improvements to his general fitness since starting training.

Mel splits her working life between lecturing in nursing at Edith Cowan University (collecting a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence as she goes because that’s just how “The Unbelievables” roll) and completing the study and research associated with undertaking a Masters Degree in Nursing.

Yet twice a week throughout the year, the four of them turn up to training and give it their all.

Every step in their Taekwondo journey together is enjoyed, celebrated and REALLY cherished. Photos, belts and board breaks converted into trophies by Gary are on display around their home to help remind them how far they’ve come and what they are working towards. Even Gary’s morning coffee cup shouts at him: “Headed for Black Belt. Don’t look back!”

Taekwondo has become a part of who they are – both as individuals AND as a family.

Those Black Belts are only a matter of time.

Rebecca and Eric talk with pride about their training and their goals and happily recount occasions where the virtues and confidence they’ve gained from Taekwondo has helped them navigate tough situations at school.Despite their young age, they can already see how perseverance is paying off.From Gary and Mel’s point of view, their family has an incredible opportunity to support each other towards achieving a common goal which looking forward, they believe will be of enormous benefit when they are forced to navigate the murky waters of parenting teens.

And they urge any parents who have been sitting on the sidelines to bite the bullet and join in the action so their families too can realise the myriad of benefits training together can bring.
All it takes is one term they believe, to figure out if martial arts is for you. Don’t worry about a uniform or the annual membership fee or gradings. For ONE TERM just turn up each week, pay for the classes as a casual participant, and give it a go. There’s nothing to lose and potentially, EVERYTHING to gain.

As for TKD Central’s instructors, Gary and Mel believe you couldn’t find a better one than 6th Dan Black Belt Master Justin Warren, describing him as head and shoulders above anyone else.And they say he’s well supported by 4th Dan Black Belt Ajana Plunkett and 3rd Dan Black Belt John Crawford who they find to be equally inspiring.

They’re experienced in their teaching methods and achieve a balance between being friendly, approachable and encouraging while understanding how to motivate and empower students to do their best. So what are you waiting for? You too can become a superhero parent like “The Unbelievables” through TKD Central’s family training nights.

· Tuesdays & Thursdays 5.45pm
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Over 60 attend workshops

The Counterstrike Womens Self Defence Program Is a simple easy start to effective self defence.

Over 60 Women attended the 2 workshops held in both Bunbury & Australind and learned about improving presence and striking vulnerable areas.
With some 16 women joining up the Australind 6 week Counterstrike Course and now learning the finer points of staying safe.

We would like to thank all the women who came to the classes and workshops. We certainly hoped that you gained some valuable lessons on self defence

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How I Doubled My Money In 3 Days With Coinspot Cryptocurrency Trading.

I’ve been reading all the latest hype about cryptocurrency & bitcoins and its hard to not get blown away by it all. The gains have been astounding.
I mean life changing with as little as $100 or even $10. So I thought I would get involved and play around with this new world money system

Now before I say about what has happened with the sum I have invested, I am no stranger to online currencies

I lost thousands in the Osgold scandal and lost 9 bitcoins in the Mt Gox stolen bitcoins. So third time lucky, or simply crazy?

The fact is I do believe in cryptocurrency, I think it has its place but it still has a while to go until it is accepted more.
I heard that only 1-10 people only, know what bitcoin is nevermind invest or use it.

I had 9 Bitcoins when they were some $400 each which is worth $3600
Those 9 bitcoins today when I’m writing this would be just under $10000 each (AUD) $90000 from doing nothing, just having it in a safer place
In 3 Years.

Recently I noticed the rise in bitcoin after I had swore off it for a while and as shown above. the difference was staggering,
Now all these new cryptocurrencies or Altcoins have appeared and while most turned up there nose, they have made a fortune for some.

 

One of the top contending crypto currencies is Ripple (XRP)

Ripple Chart

This graph shows an increase from $0.02 to $0.29 in 6 weeks
That’s 14.5 x your money
$100 = $1450
$1000 = $14500

Another is Etherium

Ethereum-Price-Chart

Etherium around $1 to $43 in 18 months
43 x your money (Its worth $400 AUD today) 400 x your money

$100 = $4300
$1000 = $43000

or

$100 = $40000
$1000 = $400000

That’s life changing returns and there are many more that have this steep curve

So I took out a Coinspot Cryptocurrency Trading Account and had a go
Coinspot has currently 57 Cryptocurrencies you can invest in
That’s 57 Wallets in one account. It was an easy choice

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In he last 3 days I switched some money ($550) into a Power Ledger Cryptocurrency Account in Coinspot and Doubled my money to now hold just over $1100. In 3 days
Since I started into Crypto maybe 2 months back I have gained a 30% increase with Bitcoins alone making its fair share of the biggest gains.

I started with 4% of my income I wish to invest in cryptocurrencies. through the increase in value of these currencies it is now over 5% of my free investment income. In 2 months. So My conclusion was for a small amount that if I lost wouldn’t end my world, invested in some cryptocurrencies at the correct time when the industry is still growing may double or better my money. Even 10 times.

Yes. Of Course!! Just don’t risk. As with above $100 can turn into $40000. Invest $1000, 10 ways ($100 per coin) even. Only 1 has to take off, it wont matter what the other 9 do.
If 2 take off WOW!! Or 3!!!!

When I first got into bitcoins there were guys putting up the case for a bitcoin being $5000 – $10000 one day. They were being ridiculed.
They are now Millionaire Bitcoin Investors. Some are saying it will go to $100000. Who knows.
I’m going to take the gamble, What about you?

Sign Up with a Coinspot account to access over 50 cryptocurrencies, Its like a crypto-exchange. Verification is simple ID
put just $100 in and invest

If your chosen cryptocurrency tanks out, well ok. $100 lost. Its ok, You’ll Survive
If it goes like Etherium, you now own $40000.
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Grading Week Details For Term 1, 2018, Monday 9th April – Thursday 12th April. In Class Grading

To go for your examination and attempt your grading you will need to
qualify and have your skills checked over by one of our team of instructors

Your 2018 Term 1 Grading 

 

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Little Dragonflies, Little Dragons, Super Dragons & Taekwondo

Grading Examination will be Monday 9th April and / or Wednesday 11th April 2018

AUSTRALIND / EATON
Little Dragonflies, Little Dragons, Super Dragons & Taekwondo

Grading Examination will be from Tuesday 10th April and/or Thursday 12th April 2018

To Grade You Must Have Attended 12 Classes of Experience For Taekwondo Members and 6 For Little Dragons to be able to grade (70% Training Attendance is minimal amount to grade)

Taekwondo Students must turn up on both training nights during the grading week
for us to complete the whole grading

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To Grade You Must Have

1) A Dobok (Taekwondo Uniform), must be V-neck style not karate wrap around style,
must not have other club logo’s, badges or markings, we prefer our Taekwondo Central
or Little Dragons Logo, no coloured pants only white

Doboks can be ordered through us at the attendance book

2) Membership Paid. , form need to be filled out, OK’d and fees honoured.
See the attendance book for Membership Forms

3) Had Enough Experience To grade Little Dragons need to have trained at least 6 times,
Taekwondo Members need 13 lessons of experience to test for their belt.

4) Know Your Grading Naturally make sure you know your grading,
this will help you become successful in passing the level

5) All Class Payments Honoured

6) Fill Out Grading Envelope (If Selected to grade) Fill out the grading slip and enclose
the correct fee in an envelope to hand in.

7) Passed Grading Seminar (Part A of Grading)

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