Kicking his Way to Success
Look out locals, there’s a new Black Belt in town! 12-year-old Glenmore Park resident and upcoming martial arts master, Liam recently earned his 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo signifying a student’s maturity and proficiency in the sport. Liam, who trains under Head Instructor Dave Adlam of Nepean Wolves, is the first in his family to reach this auspicious belt level with his younger brother and sister currently holding Red and Blue Belts respectively, hoping to one day follow in their big brother’s footsteps.
Taekwondo is a martial art, originating in Korea, that started to become popular in Australia during the mid-1960s. The term Taekwondo is derived from three words: Tae meaning foot, Kwon meaning fist and Do meaning method, art or way. It is not just for fighting or self-defence, but aims to develop attitudes of self-control, willpower, humility and loyalty, whilst improving fitness, flexibility and coordination.
In order to achieve the level of 1st Dan Black Belt, Liam had to learn a number of blocking and striking techniques, compete in sparring matches and execute multiple patterns which he needed to memorise. On grading day, Liam demonstrated his knowledge, understanding and skills before Master Instructor Andrew Johnston, who has trained, competed and coached in the martial arts for over 30 years nationally and internationally. Although he was nervous leading up to the day, Liam graded with confidence and passed with flying colours. He even got a positive mention for his reverse turning kick technique. Liam’s father, Luke told the Gazette, “I am so proud of Liam’s achievement in Taekwondo. I see his determination each week at training and he has gone from strength to strength under Dave’s guidance. I always wanted to be a Black Belt when I was younger but never got the chance, so it’s nice that we could give Liam that opportunity.”
Liam has been training in Taekwondo for around 3 years | Image Supplied. Article: Sara Drebber