2nd dan | june 2023
From the commencement of my taekwondo journey in 2017, I have always held a great passion for the art. Upon moving to Melbourne days after receiving my black belt, it became a priority to find a new club which not only held and taught a high standard of training and virtues, but also one where I felt that I could fit in, and belong. After trialling different clubs after COVID, I found this in WeiWu Taekwondo. Their training was orthodox, yet still challenging. They instilled and emphasised the virtues of humility, integrity, perseverance and discipline; all of the utmost importance to me. From the moment I walked through the doors, they immediately welcomed me and treated me as one of their own. For this, I am tremendously grateful.
Since, blue belt, I have been training to compete in Poomsae, however, being on the island of Tasmania, opportunities were few and far between. However, with WeiWu Taekwondo, I have been able to fulfil this dream of competing. Since the start of 2021, I have competed in multiple state and national competitions, and with the help of the Masters, achieved some successful results. This is more than I could have ever hoped for and I can look back with very few regrets.
To each and every one of the Masters, words cannot adequately express how thankful I am for the way you have touched my life.
Master Brian, your no-nonsense attitude and gruff exterior are just the first layer to the kind and gentle man you are inside. Someone who cares about each one of us and wants to see us succeed. Your attention to detail in coaching my various techniques has been invaluable and has undoubtedly aided me greatly in my competitions.
Master Joyce, your motherly care and compassion has been extended to from day one. From patiently teaching me the early patterns, to listening to my problems, you have always been there and have made me feel loved.
Master Bryanna, there is no feeling gloomy when you are around. Your bubbly personality is matched by your sharp eye to spot mistakes and a clear and concise explanation of how to fix it.
Master Benecia, you can be both the austere coach and the fun-loving friend, both of which are equally admired and appreciated. Your kind advice in helping me to fix my side-kick, rhythm and other other techniques has been priceless.
To all of my fellow students who have been a part of my journey, thank you for all of the advice, encouragement and friendship you have offered. To my various pair partners, Chloe, Keanen and Geri, thank you for putting up with my terrible rhythm and for being terrific friends. Thank you to my fellow 2021 referees, Chook, Seechu and Yangchi, for sharing that terrific experience with me. And thank you to my entire taekwondo family who have extended tremendous acts of kindness towards me, whether it be the encouragement given as I walk by, or the ferrying of me to and from competitions. I am eternally indebted to you all and I look with anticipation for the time we will spend together as I continue on from this milestone in my taekwondo journey.