Archives 2012

Whangarei Central secures Pub Charity funding

The Whangarei Central branch of Pacific Sun Taekwondo has just secured funding for new equipment from Pub Charity.

“We’re over the moon to have received funding from Pub Charity.”, Senior Instructor Dion McCracken said. “It’s going to give us the opportunity to get a heap of new kick shields, hand mits, rebreakable boards and more for our branch. It’ll really help our students with their Taekwondo skills and it’s very exciting!”

Senior Instructor Dion went on to thank Instructor Sue Meyer and Instructor Sam Butturini who were instrumental in the funding process.

November 2012 grading dates set

Dates for the final grading of the year have been set as below. Continue to learn well in your branch and train hard at home to earn your grading spot!

Auckland – Thursday November 8, 2012
Opua – Friday November 9, 2012
Whangarei – Saturday November 10, 2012
Christchurch – Monday November 12, 2012
Wellington – Tuesday November 13, 2012

14 year old David Marner passes 1st Dan examination

David Marner completes a two board punch break on his way to becoming a 1st Dan Black Belt

At just 14 years of age, Hutt City branch student David Marner successfully passed his 1st Dan Black Belt examination.

Formerly a Junior Black Belt, David’s accomplishment is one that is even more impressive considering the physical requirements are challenging for adults.

“Getting to be a 1st Dan has been a goal of mine since I first started Taekwondo”, David said.

He now wants to go on to become an Instructor and one day to open his own branch.

Congratulations to David and everyone else who was successful in the June gradings.

Whangarei Instructors gain Protect Self Defence Accreditation

Phil Thompson (second from left) with Whangarei Central Instructors after their successful Accrediation test

Three Instructors from the Whangarei Central Branch of Pacific Sun Taekwondo recently qualified as Protect Self Defence Accredited Trainers (Level 1). Senior Instructor Dion McCracken and Instructors Sam Butturini & Chris Dick joined an exclusive group of just 20 people in New Zealand who have gained the qualification.

Protect Self Defence, co-founded by former PSTKD student, Phil Thompson, is an internationally recognised leader in reality based self defence and has developed this qualification which is offered by invitation only.

“Protect programmes focus on empowerment and the ability to avoid or de-escalate potentially violent situations ahead of an immediate physical response if at all possible.”, Mr. Thompson said. “If not possible then our physical training is highly effective but also socially responsible. I am very proud to welcome our new trainers to the team, they are all fantastic people with a genuine desire to help people.”

The qualification allows the Trainers to teach parts of Protect’s self defence system within their own dojang.

“Protect’s system is the real deal.”, Dion said. “From a real world self defence perspective, it’s far deeper and more effective than anything I’ve ever come across. It’s great that we’re now able to teach valuable parts of their method alongside our traditional martial arts.”

Senior Instructor Dion said that his team will be following up with a further qualification focussing on Protect’s self defence system for children in the coming months.

New 3rd Dan Black Belt amongst March grading honours

Over a decade of hard work paid off for Senior Instructor Brian Williams from the Ngunguru branch of Pacific Sun Taekwondo when he successfully passed his 3rd Dan Black Belt examination in Whangarei on March 17.

Senior Instructor Brian has been training with the organisation for over 15 years and students from his branch were in awe watching his breaking techniques, which included an impressive flying side kick and back kick combination break!

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