What we appreciate about the club - namely the organisation, order, discipline and respect of each and every member, especially of elders and seniors and for those who have helped you. My son and I went to see a few other clubs and we both agreed it is well worth the drive down to Henley Beach for these principles and standards that your club offers. The philosophy that goes along with the sport which makes it into something bigger and more valuable for life. The graciousness with which you replied to my complaint is another example of this. The lesson you gave the kids tonight about the "3 keys" and the way they can be applied to many other life situations in general - not just taekwondo - was fantastic, these are the reasons we find it well worth the trip to be proud members of World Taekwondo. Julietta C.
Dear Grand Master I wanted to contact you to tell you how proud we are of Ben’s achievements in World Taekwondo and to thank you for the skills it has given him over the past 5 years. As you are aware Ben has Asperger's Syndrome and 5 years ago it was through his determination that he joined World Taekwondo at Crafers. My husband and I were not convinced that he would be able to follow the instructions and patterns that took place but after having a wonderfully positive conversation with Instructor Margaret we took Ben along to watch a class. Still unconvinced we decided that we should let him have a go purely as he was so determined to become involved. His first grading was stressful to watch as parents as he was unfamiliar with the environment and did not even stand up when his name was called out. Instructor Margaret kindly encouraged him to stand up and join the grading which he passed with great pride. She has been by his side throughout the whole journey to Black Belt and has been a constant supporter of him all the way. With the experiences my husband and I have seen with Ben and others within the World Taekwondo family, I see the way that people are encouraged to be the best that they can be and how wonderfully supportive all of the Black Belts are with the lower belts. Now Ben has finally become one of those Black Belts that all of the others look up to and I am sure that he will continue being part of the World Taekwondo family for years to come. He left this morning for 9 days in Mimili working with Indigenous children and I am sure he will teach them some of his moves throughout this stay. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for what Taekwondo has done for Ben in so many ways. Vanessa E.
Dear Grand Master Wahid and Master Carol, I feel compelled to write this letter.I have to say how much I enjoy and love attending World Taekwondo classes. You have created something very special in your school. You are very innovative and your passion for this art ripples across to everyone who has experienced your school, whether as a student, parent or guest. What I have found is even with life ups and downs, I have something which helps me stay motivated, focused and pushes me out of my comfort zone and above all has taught me a strong mind is more powerful than a strong body as it can conquer anything life puts in front of you. For that I say thank you and I truly feel extreme gratitude to you both for creating a school that betters people's lives in so many ways. Power, Beauty, Morality and Spirit. Thanking you so much. Rita Zaikos.
Mary-Anne and I always encouraged our three sons to try different sports and activities as they were growing up. When our eldest son was transitioning from primary to secondary school, he asked if he could do some martial arts for self defence. So I took our three sons to a few different martial arts schools, before we found World Taekwondo. The other martial arts schools we tried didn't 'feel' right; there seemed to be an emphasis upon aggression, whereas World Taekwondo emphasised self-defence along with respect and self-discipline. Daniel joined in 1998, and over the following few years we all ended up joining in. Of course our middle son Joseph had to be different, so he did Judo for a while, before eventually joining in with Daniel and Matthew. Regrettably, our sons have had to use their skills for self-defence. While walking home from the corner deli one day a couple of kids decided to push one of my sons over and made clear that they wanted to fight. As soon as my sons adopted the stance for self-defence, the aggressors could see that my sons knew how to defend themselves and walked away. I decided to join in when I was 40, and Mary-Anne followed a short-time later. That was ten years ago and the fitness, flexibility, and strength we have gained have been fantastic. It's also great that we have an activity that we all continue to do as a family. Although I am a senior belt to Mary-Anne, when it comes to home life, she is still the boss. Philip McMillan.
My daughter Sophia trains at the Henley Beach Training Centre, she is 10 years of age. Before commencing World Taekwondo she was adamant she wanted to do Ballet, her aunty Georgia who also trains at the Henley Beach Centre suggested she come and watch a class before deciding. Three years later Sophia has her Brown Belt and has become stronger physically, mentally and more confident and focused. She won't miss a class even when the temperatures reach up to the high 30's. She is aiming for her Black Belt and believes she will get there. As a parent I enjoy the social aspect of the club. At exam time I am always impressed with the high quality and standards of each student, the commitment from both students and instructors stands out as they work together supporting one another every step of the way. Olivia Petropoulos.
World Taekwondo is fun and exciting. The things that I enjoy in World Taekwondo are the kicks, power breaking (breaking boards), patterns and sparring. My famliy is always very busy but with World Taekwondo it is a time when my family can get together and have fun. In World Taekwondo you get to work with all ages and when you pass a grading you feel like you have really accomplished something. I have gained self-discipline and confidence from World Taekwondo which has helped me with problems at school and I know I can defend myself whenever I need to. Tiah Bampton.
As an older person I felt that my flexibility and fitness was declining, and looking for an activity that would maintain my interest I decided to try World Taekwondo. Three and a half years later I can say that I have found the experience to be both enjoyable and challenging. You are able to progress through the grades at your own pace. The atmosphere of other students and instructors is one of cordiality and helpfulness. Training consists of non-contact sparring and drilling of specific movements. Competition sparring is also an option for anyone who would like to participate. I would recommend World Taekwondo to anyone. Julie Morris.
I passed my black belt grading in July 2008 and having continued training, I have maintained the fitness, self discipline, respect and control that World Taekwondo provides. All of these have helped me in life through things like being able to discipline myself to get my homework done in time, or respecting people who are older or senior to me. As well as teaching me to uphold these virtues, World Taekwondo is something I enjoy and I particularly love the challenge of learning and doing new things. Morgan Price.
World Taekwondo has made a world of difference in my son Joshua's life. We lived in the UK and when Joshua was due to start his schooling we returned home to South Africa. A few months later we were the targets of a road hijacking and the effects on him were devastating. Not to dwell on the negativity but, his outgoing demeanour changed to one of hesitance and nervousness and the smallest upset would cause him huge stress. He was afraid of loudish sounds, sudden movements and developed a number of physical stress habits. I was worried that he would never reclaim his confidence and spirit. We immigrated to Australia and enrolled Josh in the World Taekwondo Kids program in 2007. In just over a year that he has attended classes his recovery and progress has been remarkable. Outside of the home environment World Taekwondo has played a large part in building his self esteem, enthusiasm and presence. Week by week he has reclaimed his personal space and strength. A year later the added benefits of doing World Taekwondo are clear to see and he is almost back to his old self again. I have found that where I am able to provide the informal support, learning and caring that my son needs, World Taekwondo gives him the same on a more formalised basis. Speaking as a complete non-expert on the sport it has been obvious from Joshua's improved physical tone, balance and directed energy that he is healthier for the experience. He also has a great deal of fun doing World Taekwondo in the disciplined but enjoyable atmosphere that his Instructor maintains. Joshua has a small album with World Taekwondo photos in it and has written his own comments which are very telling.
"I want to be an instructor and help children be confident and solve some problems."
Josh is always eager to get to his classes and has invited along some friends who have joined up which tells me that his experience has been positive on a deeper level, that he now 'owns it' and wishes to share it with others. I look forward to being even more surprised by his progress and sharing his enjoyment in the future. Charmaine Thomas.