Today I had the pleasure of accompanying Oliver and Tim to Oliver’s yellow belt test in Taekwondo. Oliver and many others undertook the test in Courtenay. Grand Master Woo Kim had come from Surrey, Vancouver, for the testing and black belts from the local area were also judges. Oliver’s teacher Richard Dobbs conducted the class.
The group went through warm up. They then did exercises to toughen their knuckles and did knuckle pushups on boards. They did their poomsae or group form together. Each student had to declare the tenets of Taekwondo and was asked to count in Korean along with doing their favourite kick for the judges. They performed in pairs to do other kicks, kicking paddles held by the black belts. Basic defence moves were asked for and done.
It was a wonderful two hours watching kids who have grown so much in confidence over the time they have been involved in TKD. In Oliver’s case, he is thriving under the wonderful teaching of local black belt Richard Dobbs.
We celebrated Oliver’s new belt with a visit to the Dairy Queen!!
If you’d like to see some video clips of the day, take a peek below.
‘Bye for now and God bless.