Reminding Women What They Are Capable Of

Reminding Women What They Are Capable Of

Taekwondo Central Head Instructor Ajana Plunkett is a very active Instructor. Always getting behind any women’s club events and also teaching her own “Women’s Only Taekwondo Class
along with her duties as Taekwondo Centrals Head Instructor.

This week Ajana give up some of her time to help the “Welcoming Women Group” by Rebecca Tichbon
Its a great idea that opens women up to some different activities they can get started on in Bunbury

Ajana talked about self defence & women’s safety. Taught some strikes and basic escapes and finished with teaching the ladies a board break.
Great job Ajana, keeping the women’s personal safety message strong and well done to all who broke their board.

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Master Justin Facebook Page For Motivation

LET ME HELP INSPIRE YOU

If you love martial arts like me or would like to learn more about Taekwondo Centrals history.

Taekwondo Central celebrates 20 years of operation in August and I would love to give out some of it history,
the main players of our clubs past plus some lessons I’ve learned along the way.

So after some encouragement I’ve started a Master Justin Facebook Page with the goal of releasing some of this history
Its going to be a great ride

Master Justin (Right) with Brother Kristian Warren & Japanese Fighter Tetsuhiro Shinkai

Please click the link below and take a look. I’d love to have you involved so your welcome to friend me

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Its a great way to start our year out though it always can become a challenge as we’ve only been back in action for 3 weeks of Term 1 2019.

From Little Dragons to Black belts we kicked, punched, jumped, rolled, flew, thumped and smashed our way through our routine and it was just so much fun!
Even the Master Justin board break face pulling show.

This year we put the call out and 12 come to our call, check out the photos below. It a great day out with international foods and acts and most of all its free so anyone can enjoy it.

A big thankyou to program manager Jo O’Dea and of course all the students who supported the club as either spectator or participant. Also A Big Thankyou to Gary Veljecic for the photos.

Jesse Smashes his Dragons Board

Trinity Best & Rebecca Buhlmann Showing Knife Defence

Trinity Best With An Fantastic Flying Kick

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Rebecca Buhlmann Demonstrates A Nice Axe Kick

Master Justin Warren Launches A Twin Front Kick

Master Justin Warren Demonstrating A Flying Twin Front Kick Double Board Break

Eric Buhlmann Getting The Job Done

Annika Best & Trinity Best Break Boards With Spin Kicks

Watch Annika & Trinity Smash Their BoardsClick Here

Black Belt Jy Gamble Smashes The Board With A Snap Front Kick

Chris Charry Lands A Step Up Jump Back Kick

Eric Bulmann Jumps Over Instructor John During His Flying Kick

Rebecca Buhlmann Demonstrates A Wrist Lock Throw During Knife Defence

Master Justin Shows The Bodies Reaction At Impact Point During The Tile Smash

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Yellow Dragon Dean Takes Care Of That!! Great Board Break

Annika Best Gets The Advantage Over Master Justin

This Ones Over – Annika Best Deals With The Situation

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Instructor John Crawford About To Destroy His Boards

Chris Charry Fly’s Over An Impressive 8

Rebecca Buhlmann -Trinity Best – Rebecca Collis Demonstrate Gumgang Pattern

Trinity Best Slices Through The Board With A Spin Kick

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Start Training With Us! – Let Us Inspire You!


Term 1 – 2019 

How Do I Start?
Just Choose A Class or Location Below And Turn Up. Booking Is Not Required
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Little Dragonflies (3 & 4yrs)
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Junior Taekwondo (9 – 13yrs)
All Ages Taekwondo (9 – 55yrs)
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Women’s Martial Arts  (18yrs +)

 

What Do I Wear?
Wear Something Comfortable To Move Around In, Training Is Done Barefoot or Taekwondo Shoes

Do I Need To Join Before I Start?
No, Just Pay The Asking Price For A Class & Try It Out A Couple Of Classes Then Make Your Decision
You Are Free To Choose.

When Is The Best Time To Start?
A New Member Can Start At Any Time.
However we would not recommend starting in the last 3 weeks of each school term,
as current members will be finalising up for belt gradings
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We usually don’t train on School Holidays
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From ages 3 – 55, Taekwondo Central has a class for you. With Classes suited for all levels, sizes
and fitness levels. Taekwondo Central can help you. From budding Olympian to a child overcoming bully issues.
from persons wanting an inspiring goal to achieve, or a parent enrolling a child to learn anti-abduction skill.
It may be learning to protect your family or feeling more confident in life.
Taekwondo Central has many great reasons to get involved with our martial art.

 

“LET YOURSELF BECOME INSPIRED”

We are not a part time instructors
We dont do this as a hobby or second activity
We Live Martial Arts, Its Our Life & Occupation

This way you can be assured we’ll
bring out the best in you or your family
meaning that if your considering self defence
you couldnt not come and try Taekwondo Central

If you want to

Have greater energy?
Increase flexibility?
Have greater confidence?
Learn to protect yourself or family?

or if staying healthy is important to you

The Time To Start Is Now!!

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Summer Holiday Program 2019 A Great Success

Taekwondo Centrals Summer Holiday Program 2019 has been a huge success with all passing their belt and moving up a grade during January before the start of our official training term 1 in 2019. Congrats to the following

Kyah Goodall
Saphyre Goodall
Lexi Hynes
Paige Hynes
Matt Bowkley
Jesse Challis
Haven Aria Wymer
Michael Collins
Johnathan Twigger
Jason Taylor
Asami Tsukamoto
Emiri Tsukamoto
Kai Shapkaris
Anthony North
Alecia Shapkaris
Dean Emerson
Jessica Burch
Chris Charry
Lyn Behrens
Alicia Mackay
Deanna Gowland
Lachlan Tuenne
Kristy Hitchens
Sean Colgan

A big thank you to Head Instructor Ajana and Instructor John for all their work during this time.

The SHP2019 is the start of our 2019 season with a big year planned including our 20 year celebration on the 25th August.









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Skills For Life Program Returning To Little Dragon & Super Dragons 2019

 

Taekwondo Central’s Skills For Life Program is designed to teach our young students characteristics and Habits that make yours and their life a little easier.

Introduced in the early part of the Little Dragons Program. It was very popular with the parents and the kids loved the badges to show they understood that characteristic. You may even still see the odd uniform with the badges on the arm
A change in instructor schedule put the program on hold temporarily but its time to unleash SFL again and we are excited!!

This time its FREE! No extra cost, even for the badge. Its a way we wish to add more value to our Little Dragons & Super Dragons Programs.

We have 6 main badges and 3 Soper Badges to earn with our goal to make them a more responsible, human being.
The First Badge we will aim to achieve will be PATIENCE

Patience is a decision-making problem, involving the choice of either a small reward in a short span of time, or a more valuable reward after a long period of time.

For a child, Patience will be needed many times.
From waiting at the supermarket checkout line,
or being in the car on a long trip.
From waiting their turn in line and not pushing in upsetting others
To becoming old enough to get a mobile phone

Having Patience saves anxiety & worry and is a
personal characteristic often forgot about.

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Great Tips From A Remedial Therapist On Bettering Your Taekwondo – Rebecca Collis

Mel with Rebecca Collis

Rebecca Collis is well loved at the club. Why?
Its not just that she is part of our Taekwondo Central Black Belt Team but as I discovered Rebecca has a hidden skill.

Hands That Heal and she has done wonders for me dealing with the injuries from the full contact sport martial art days. 2 of our other Black belts, Head Instructor Ajana Plunkett & TC Black Belt & Martialfit Founder Kelly Rowe are also users of her service. Both Ajana & Kelly have added their thought at the end of the article

Finding her to be a library of knowledge in her field, I asked if she would be interested in any advice she could offer the training black belt (or black belt to be) on getting more from our bodies. Its a great read. Please Enjoy.

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Introducing your friendly quack:

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a Remedial Therapist by day, specialising in combined modality treatment of neuromuscular conditions and functional movement rehabilitation, and a tae kwon do kicker by night. I am one of the Blackbelts from the Bunbury Open TKD class at the SWSC. I started training 4 years ago for self defence and stress relief and let me tell you, it’s grown to become a defining and integral part of my life that I wouldn’t ever be without.

I didn’t really know what to do or say when Master Justin asked me to contribute something to the website. How do I bring something of interest and value to the forefront of your screens when communications has never been my natural arena? Well, factoids, numbers and common sense have seen me well in the past, so here goes.

Coming to the club as an adult, I understand how much training can mean to all of us, and how much an injury on or off the floor can impact our lives. We’re busy people who can’t afford time off from work, family, or anything. So here are a few tips to help you train better tonight and in the years to come.

Would you still like to be doing awesome TKD kick-drills at 80 years old? I know I would.
Not the way you were expecting this tip to start, but let me explain:

30% of individuals over the age of 65 will experience at least one fall a year and in the same age category, falls are the leading cause of hospitalisations*.

As we age, our muscles deteriorate but the muscles we strengthen for tae kwon do are the muscles that protect us from falls. Yep. Strong and adaptable core muscles, glutes, hip flexors, and hamstrings will mean you are stable on your feet and have the ability to get back up if you do fall.

Exercise triggers a natural response in your body that increased bone density* this means risks associated with osteoporosis and natural bone weakening occurring with age is reduced, so if you do fall as you get older, you are less likely to break something. Not to mention the protective and preventative qualities of hand-eye coordination based exercise on cognitive decline*.
So in short: exercise like TKD can help you to live better for longer.

Rebecca Collis (Holding The Target) with The Taekwondo Central Ladies At “Fight For Change”

We’ve all heard it before: Lift that knee! Rotate your lower foot! Pivot more!
When the Instructors give these tips during body kick/flick kick drills, they’re not just being pedantic, it is because they want you to have a long and successful career in martial arts.

Rotating your weight-bearing foot to the angles specified by the instructor minimises the strain on the ligaments in your ankle and knee while providing the most support for your body with a direct line for the kinetic energy to travel. It also works specifically to strengthen some of the muscles most important for protecting those joints.
In plain English, using proper technique might be more difficult to start with, but it keeps you from hurting yourself while practicing and living.

Please note: this may not initially be possible for you if you are starting TKD later in life or working a desk job due to changes in muscle and tendon adaptability. It will be a goal you work towards just like any other. Listen to your body.

Minimise risk to you, maximise satisfaction from hitting that target!

Injuries will happen.

We practice TKD in the safest manner we can. Of all the martial arts forms, sports tae kwon do is one of the safest* while still providing effective self-defence skills. Even still, you or your kids will end up with bruises or blisters. Someone will miss the target and whack a forearm. It happens. As Master Justin is fond of saying “This is martial arts, not checkers”

It’s all in how you respond after the event, that’s what counts.

Basic first aid is not hard to learn, you can ask your local chemist, or even attend a short course from St Johns ambulance for just a couple of hours if you are really concerned.
All our instructors are trained in first aid but you can help them out too. We all keep that box of band-aids in the cupboard, this is just an extension of that forethought, that preparedness.

Here’s a quick and easy one for you though: with tae kwon do, the most serious I’ve seen at our club is a hamstring tendon strain.

Remember: With any sprain/strain injury, the treatment is RICE
R est
I ce
C ompression
E levation*

The tips in this article are no substitute for a face-to-face with a trusted health care professional. Your local doctor, chiro, physio, and remedial therapist, we are all here to help. I promise I’m not scary and I always bring my skill set and work-tools with me into training 😉

When an injury does occur. It’s important to give your body the support and time it needs to heal properly. I know that sounds tedious (and very much in the ‘nagging’ area). Most of the time, a minor injury will have no bearing whatsoever on your life and training. When an injury is slightly more serious, take the time to make yourself a priority. If you handle the problem right the first time, it won’t develop into a bigger problem later.

Professional help If you’ve started training but aren’t getting the results you feel you should be, it might be time to get an outside opinion and a helping hand.

Let me prefix this by stating that it doesn’t need to be with me. There are many highly skilled health care professionals who are qualified to help you treat your aches and pains, improve your training and recovery times, and general well-being.

If you are based in Bunbury than I cannot recommend enough the skilled therapists at Cloud9 wellness on Spencer Street (FYI where instructor Ajana and her skilled lady warriors practice on Wednesdays). Bruce from Laughing Buddha Acupuncture has fixed me up more times than I can count.

As a TKD practitioner myself, I do have some insight into the most common injuries (finger, wrist, knee and ankle sprains. Calf and Hamstring tendon strains) and complaints (hip soreness, upper shoulder and neck tension and soreness, 1 day post training full body ‘so sore I can’t move’) found in TKD.

Working with a skilled professional to remedy a problem, overcome an injury or shortfall can make the difference you’re looking for.

Jaqualine, Rebecca & Mel from the Challenge Day 2018

For those who are interested, I run a clinic 2 days a week in Donnybrook. I’m experienced in treating stress, muscle spasms and strains, shin splints, headaches, growing pains, breathing difficulties, muscle imbalances, postural conditions, nerve injuries, sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries and degenerative conditions among other things.
Treatments can include a variety of massage techniques, Emmett, Lymphatic Drainage, Bowen, joint mobilisations, stretches, muscle/joint taping, hydrotherapy and rehab exercises.

If you are interested in having Rebecca help you she can be found at

Donnybrook Chiro Clinic
Wednesday & Thursday
Unit 3. 25 South West Highway

Call outs also available

Ph or SMS 0408 572 302
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Customer References

From the first appointment I had with Rebecca, I knew she was someone I wanted as part of my recovery routine. From muscle fatigue to better sleeping, injury management or just therapy. I recognise the traits that show, this is a fellow human who knows their craft. I distinctly remember after my first session I sat up and felt this gentle clicking noise going up my back. I was like my spine was resetting as it was so relaxed. I stood up. No pain, Easier breathing and my body felt centred and balanced. Its a great feeling. I felt comfortable, relaxed and in safe hands. Dealing with injuries from my past full contact sport days and still training in my late 40’s. Rebecca will be a major piece of the puzzle that keeps me in tune to continue doing what I love to do and my ongoing greater personal goal of achieving Grandmaster status in Taekwondo. Thanks Rebecca.

Justin Warren
Taekwondo Central
Master Head Instructor

There are many reasons why I love having Rebecca do my massages. Not only is she a wonderful lady I’ve known for years. She is a great listener to what’s going on with your body.
She get a full undertaking of your injury or ache and what you may have done to cause it. Rebecca not only gives you a wonderful massage and never lets you walk away without stretches and techniques to better your problem, Even having you repeat it back to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything haha. She makes the environment very relaxing with lovely music and scents. I almost fall asleep every time.

Ajana Plunkett
Taekwondo Central
Head Instructor

Living a very active lifestyle, and running a small personal training business looking after my body is extremely important. If it’s not functioning properly I cant work.
Rebecca is my first personal choice when it comes to massage. I’m happy to admit that I’m incredibly fussy when it comes who I let look after my most valuable asset.
Rebecca has an immense knowledge base and it’s easy to see how passionate and dedicated she is when it comes to her work and her clients.
She truly cares and takes the time to listen and thoroughly gather all the information she needs to give you the best treatment and outcome she can.
Every massage and treatment Rebecca has given me has left me feeling relaxed, pain free and mobile again.
Her kind and beautiful demeanour only adds to what a pleasure it is to have Rebecca as part of my health routine.
I absolutely and highly recommend her services.

Kelly Rowe
Martialfit
Owner

 

*References:

WA Gov Dept of Health https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/Falls-prevention-and-management-in-WA

The Link Between Exercise and Healthy Bones https://www.verywellfit.com/bone-density-and-exercise-3120770

Medical News Today: Exercise can help fight off Alzheimer’s, but how? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324151.php?fbclid=IwAR17f4sDr-oOcn1leeVk_HIDQzawV6bgp3S7fAC6N4eKzSjz7uSdkeZFxeY

Effectiveness of coordination exercise in improving cognitive function in older adults: a prospective study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3212417/

Boxing vs. Mixed Martial Arts: Which is More Dangerous? http://thesportdigest.com/2016/03/boxing-vs-mixed-martial-arts-which-is-more-dangerous/

Are the injuries in Taekwondo worse than boxing? https://www.quora.com/Are-the-injuries-in-Taekwondo-worse-than-boxing

St John First Aid Fact Sheet Sprains and Strains https://stjohnwa.com.au/docs/default-source/first-aid-compliance/sprains-and-strains.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Epidemiology of injuries in competition taekwondo: A meta-analysis of observational studies https://www.jsams.org/article/S1440-2440(08)00200-4/pdf

Nine year longitudinal retrospective study of Taekwondo injuries https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2796946/

 

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We are very happy to announce that we will now be holding NEW classes at

South West Italian Club – White Street – East Bunbury

These classes are designed for families who wish to train together during the same time in Bunbury simular to the very popular class in Australind.
We will also offer a Little Dragons Option for the littlest persons of the family.

Though designed for families, Any individuals who wish to take advantage of this time slot to train during the week are also most welcome.

Little Dragons
5 – 8 years
5.00pm – 5.30pm

All Ages Taekwondo
9 – 55 years
5.30pm – 6.30pm

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“Fight For Change” And The Mystery Of Martial Arts – Kristy Hitchens

Fight for Change and the mystery of martial arts

* By Kristy Hitchens aka The Mortal Mouse

Taekwondo Central Ladies Supporting Pink Belt Scholarships - www.tkdcentral.com

Many people who have taken up a form of martial arts like Taekwondo will tell you they experienced a somewhat magical transition where the practice became not so much a part of their life, but a way of life.

And through this process, their club becomes not a place where they turn up once or twice a week to train, but something inside of them.

This was how it felt when Taekwondo Central and its members gathered behind me in support of Saturday’s Fight for Change event, hosted by Hitfm breakfast radio presenters Jesse and Juelz.

As you might have already heard, Fight for Change was the result of a collaboration between myself, Jesse and Juelz after they interviewed me on air recently about my Pink Belt Scholarship project which raises money to empower women in need through Taekwondo.

Jesse, Master Justin , Juelz Having Fun at Fight For Change 2018 - www.tkdcentral.com

Fight for Change was a conversation about domestic violence with a free self defence workshop to coincide with White Ribbon Day and held simultaneously in five locations across WA – Bunbury, Albany, Esperance, Kalgoorlie and Northam.

The Bunbury event, included a free 1.5 hour self defence workshop at the South West Sports Centre by Taekwondo Central’s Master Justin who donated his time and expertise on the day.

The entire concept would have fallen over very quickly if Master Justin hadn’t so willingly and generously agreed to participate so I must offer him my sincere thanks for that.

The Whole Taekwondo Central Fight For Change Team + Jesse & Juelz From Hitfm - www.tkdcentral.com

More than 40 women registered online for the event and we were blown away when all of them and more showed up full of energy and ready to learn. Having been teaching self defence even longer than he’s been teaching Taekwondo, Master Justin with assistance from Head Instructor Ajana provided participants with confidence, empowerment, usable skills plus a few laughs, inspiring stories and a lot of fun.
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Ajana Plunkett demonstrates escaping a choke hold 2 - www.tkdcentral.com

The room was absolutely packed and the atmosphere – despite the very serious messages behind the day – was overwhelmingly positive. The opportunity to be involved was an experience I won’t forget in a hurry.

A highlight was seeing Master Justin coach Jesse and Juelz through their first board breaks as a conclusion to the workshop. There was so much clapping and cheering and the priceless look on Jesse’s face afterwards showed he was completely astonished by his brilliant achievement.

That was just one highlight, there were so many more.

The Taekwondo Central Ladies Supporting The Pink Belt Scholarship - www.tkdcentral.com

* News that a very fragile domestic violence survivor who struggled with some aspects of the workshop courageously made it through the event with gentle encouragement right throughout from one of TC’s Pink Belt assistants. And on top of that, the participant left feeling empowered.

* A complete stranger slipped me a $200 donation towards fundraising for the Pink Belt Scholarship project asking that her generous contribution remain anonymous.

* Word from Juelz later in the day that feedback coming in from the other four locations around WA where Fight for Change events were held was also very positive.

* The buzz afterwards in knowing that together as a club we had been involved in something meaningful that would trigger a stunning ripple effect for others.

* A big bunch of participants expressing interest in continuing their training through Counterstrike, Taekwondo Central or MartialFit.

* The group of my Taekwondo sisters who all turned up wearing Pink Belts to support the event and support my project still gives me tears when I think about it days later. Even the amazing but always humble Head Instructor Ajana who tossed aside her 4th Dan Black Belt in favour of pink for the day!

Juelz from Hitfm Breaks Her Board At Fight For Change 2018 - www.tkdcentral.com
Jesse from Hitfm Demolishes His Board At Fight For Change 2018 - www.tkdcentral.com


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A whole bunch more I know would have been there too if they could but were kept away by work and other commitments. They thoughtfully sent me their best wishes throughout the day.

All of this meant the world to me and reminds me of that old-fashioned saying: “Birds of a feather flock together”.

I prefer the more modern take on it of: “Your vibe attracts your tribe”.

At Taekwondo Central I have found a new tribe – a whole bunch of like-minded souls – who in a surprisingly short space of time, have become incredibly important to me. I put it down to another of the mysteries of martial arts!

Is a certain type of person drawn to the martial arts? Or do they become a certain type of person once there? Why do we all connect so effortlessly?

Throughout the process of this Pink Belt Scholarship project I have received so many genuine and lovely compliments about my efforts and drive to pull it off. We are now able to offer 14 scholarships at clubs across Australia.

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Even though I find it excruciatingly difficult to accept compliments generally, I feel the constant need to deflect ones about pink belt. Not because I’m being stupidly modest and humble but because all of this honestly would not have happened without the unbelievable support and encouragement I have received from my club every step of the way.

I won’t single anyone out because I’m pretty sure they would know who they are. They are my tribe and each one of them inspires me every day through their achievements, through the personal battles they overcome, through their level of care and kindness toward others.

Just by being themselves, they encourage me to level up. In everything I do.

The very nature of a project like Pink Belt Scholarship demands a person out front and as uncomfortable as I am in that role, I have been able to do it ONLY because of the people in my club who have stood behind me propping me up the whole way.

Thank you could never be enough for helping me experience all of this.

 

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples
– Mother Teresa

 

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I am so excited for the future of my Women’s Only Taekwondo Class. To think we started almost 6 months ago on 6th of June, and we are now coming up to our 2nd grading at the end of this term, the time has just flown by, but I’m loving every minute of it.

I have 4 awesome, motivated ladies who have joined and started their martial arts journey and I couldn’t be more chuffed that they chose me to be their instructor.

And these ladies’ skills, continue to improve and improve.

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It’s pretty rewarding to watch.

Starting my own class, that was my own idea and responsibility has been a huge step for me as a martial artist, an instructor and as a role model in the community. Passing on my knowledge and years of training to likeminded women has been so much fun and has been a lot different to my usual classes I instruct.

3 out of 4 of these Women have been apart of our club for years, sitting on the side supporting their children week after week. Deanna and Sarah’s daughters; Tahlia & Trinity are both black belts and Lynn’s Christopher and Shonna both on their Probationary Black belts, it was a huge leap for them to all jump off the side line and finally put their feet on the training floor. If they can, maybe one of you Taekwondo Mums can as well?

For Chelsea, the leap might have been even greater. She had no children in our club, so she didn’t have that way to connect, she hadn’t watched it for years, so she didn’t have much idea what Taekwondo was about, it was something brand spanking new for her. She was my first and only student on day one, and I’m so glad we haven’t lost Chels.

There’s always going to be reasons why you shouldn’t or can’t give it a go, but there’s always going to be MORE reasons why you SHOULD do it!

Take a read of each of my student’s testimonials

 

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Deanna Gowland:

“After 6 years of sitting on the sidelines watching my daughter train with TKD Central and pass 2 Black Belt gradings, I had developed a massive respect for the sport.

I began to have a secret burning desire to take it up myself but kept passing it off.

One day I heard Ajana Plunkett was starting Ladies Only day classes. I knew this was my calling.

Leading up to the first class I was so nervous, worried that I was biting off my than I can chew.

But Ajana knows exactly how to ease the new mature student into her classes and is just amazing at it.

Fast forward 5 months I am now a yellow belt and Tkd has become a big part of my life. I am fitter, stronger and happier. I also love the special friendships I have formed with the Ladies I train with.

We are very welcoming to new class members, come join us! You’ll love it!

Thank you, Ajana.”

 

Sarah Best:

“When Head Instructor Ajana announced that she was going to start a lady only class…I really wanted to support her new endeavour.

I do still have a long way to go on this journey of Taekwondo and the warms up laps are still not my friend! BUT….I can now touch my toes. My ‘shielding stand up’ doesn’t always require a knee on the floor half way through. AND I can sometimes actually breath long enough to take a sip of water after the warm up. So, for all the obstacles I found that I couldn’t do (yet)…. there was so many that I surprisingly found that I could. That feeling of landing a great kick is extremely motivating!”

 

Chelsea Batten:

“Being a Mum I’ve found we don’t often take the time to do things for ourselves so joining the Women’s Only group was a big leap for me. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else!

The fitness, health benefits, discipline and confidence I have gained is beyond measure & i am now also a very proud member of an amazing group of ladies who I call family”

 

Lynn Behrens:

“It is the best thing that I have done for myself. I love every session, surrounded by positive people who influence me to be my best while gaining better physical strength and coordination. Ajana is a dedicated and passionate instructor. Her women’s only classes are a great way to get in shape and learn techniques in self-defence all achieved in a caring and supportive environment.”

WE WANT TO MEET MORE LADIES! We are a fun, understanding and friendly group (not to toot our own horns). You wouldn’t meet a nicer bunch!

Come give it a go, the benefits are so rewarding. It doesn’t take long to watch yourself improving; growing stronger and more confident. You may find yourself setting goals like my ladies that include getting to their black belt? Or maybe you want to take time out for yourself to exercise and socialise? Whatever your reason, my woman’s Taekwondo class might just be the thing for you.

 

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Instructor Ajana Plunkett is a 4th Dan Black Belt In Taekwondo,
and has been involved in the art for 15 years.
She is very passionate about helping others learn the benefits of what Taekwondo can give and is the
Instructor of Women’s Only Taekwondo Classes.
Ajana is the Head Instructor of Taekwondo Central

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