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


Black Belt Dan Grading Presentation - www.tkdcentral.com

Matt Bowkley Gets Ready As Ajan watches at the grading table - www.tkdcentral.com


Deacon Malatesta smashes his boards during the Black belt grading - www.tkdcentral.com

Rachel Atkinson Sparring During Grading - www.tkdcentral.com

Deacon Malatesta cuts his opponenet off at the Black Belt Grading - www.tkdcentral.com


Ajana Plunkett Judges The Board Break Section - www.tkdcentral.com

Kian Stapleton sets Up For His Board Break

Deacon Malatesta Figuire 4 wrist locks his opponent at the Black belt Grading - www.tkdcentral,com

 Declan Higgins Black Belt Grading - www.tkdcentral.com

Rachel Atkinson lands a kick during grading - www.tkdcentral.comMaddison Booth About To Destroy Her boards During Black Belt Grading - www.tkdcentral.com

Mollie Swarbrick in action at the Black Belt Grading - www.tkdcentral.com

Deacon Malatesta lands his kick at the Black belt Grading - www.tkdcentral.com


Our Team - Taekwondo Central 2018 Dan Grading - www.tkdcentral.com

Kian Stapleton Locks A Side Arm Bar On His Partner At Black Belt Grading - www.tkdcentral.com


Molllie Swarbrick & Maddison Booth Sparring at the Black belt grading - www.tkdcentral.com


A Very Happy Trinity Best With Ashlee Stone


Kian Stapleton about to lock on a keylock at Black Belt Grading - www.tkdcentral.com

Tahlia Gowland & Deacon malatesta spar during black belt grading - www.tkdcentral.com


New Blackbelts Getting Teir Photo - www.tkdcentral.com

Maddison booth & Mollie Swarbrick Proudly Show Their Certificate

Deacon Malatesta with his Ohdokwan Black Belt Certificate - www.tkdcentral.com


Brooklyn Jauncey takes down partner Tahlia Gowland - www.tkdcentral.com

Our New Black Belts - www.tkdcentral.com

Brooklyn Jauncey & Tahlia Gowland after Passing 2nd Dan Black Belt - www.tkdcentral.com

Our Black Belts Wait To Be Called At The Black Belt Grading - www.tkdcentral.com

Maddison Booth, Mollie Swarbrick, Tahlia Gowland & Brooklyn Jauncey Doing Patterns during Black Belt Grading - www.tkdcentral.com

Deacon Malatesta receives his @nd Dan Black Belt off Grand Master Ross Hartnett 8th Dan - www.tkdcentral.com

Tahlia Gowland with Ajana Plunkett after Black Belt Grading - www.tkdcentral.com

Maddison Booth & Mollie Swarbrick Await There Turn at Black Belt Grdaing - www.tkdcentral.com

Declan Higgins & Taekwondo Ohdokwan Black Belt Panel


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  1. Wow!!! Great Job Team

    I’m so proud of all of you, our club has become even stronger because of you and your effort.
    Keep up the great work and look forward to you achieving your next level of second or third dan black belt

    Great Job with the team too Ajana. We would be lost without your help and professionalism.

  2. Deanna Gowland says

    Thanks to Justin and Ajana.
    I am so proud of Tahlia and all of the Tkd Central Team. We have some an awesome bunch of kids and big kids. And some really lovely families which to Tahlia and myself have become special friends.
    Tahlia is still on a high and keen to get down to business with training for her 3rd Dan.
    My family were blown away how strong Tahlia and all of the Tkd Central Team looked at the grading.
    And we are all amazed by the positive effects Taekwondo has on Tahlias life in general. It has taught her to be focused, determined, controlled, disciplined, confident and that any thing is possible to achieve through work and perseverance.
    Keep up the great work TKD Central, we are proud to be a part of this club.

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