Taekwon-Do

2020
Graded to Sixth Dan.

Sunday 6th December, 2020
The hardest-won honour.
6th Dan Taekwon-Do. At an age when memory starts getting frizzled, and ability to jump lessens.
So, yes, I'm pleased, and proud.
My 'team' - Brett Greiner my self-defence partner (aka 'the fall guy'). Taranaki Taekwon-Do club instructor
Master Neill Livingstone, and Pauline and Brent Flynn - friends and coaches.
I'm so fortunate.



September 2016, at Brendan Doogan's seminar in Whanganui, doing a lot of the 'weird' bits of Taekwon-do.
Breaking with knees and elbows, break-falling, blocking and throwing. Great fun.
Click here to see a short video, filmed by Glenwyn Flynn.


2015
Graded to Fifth Dan.

One of the proudest moments of my life - Master Moore presented me with one of the medals
which have been struck to mark 60 years since General Choi Hong Hi founded Taewkon-Do.
It is presented to Masters and to senior Instructors who maintain the original form of Taekwon-Do.
I am SO honoured to be included.

Dale with the Masters
Here with Mr. Butchers, Master Burn, Senior Master Moore and Mr Livingstone.



Here's an early version of one of my self-defence routines.
It's just 9 seconds long, then repeats.
Do I look too much like a teddy bear with attitude?


Dale throwing an opponent
I'm very grateful to Brent Flynn, my partner for all the Self Defence techniques.

Kirsten Livingston took all these photos.
And also this small movie of a multiple break at my First Dan grading.



Dale smashing roofing tiles
Breaking roofing tiles with my hand, during the grading for black belt (when I was 60).

Black belt at the age of 60, Second Dan at 62. Third Dan just before turning 65.
Feeling good, feeling proud.
Sure, I wish I'd started this martial art when I was 16 instead of 56, but that's O.K.
I've never felt fitter or stronger. Or more self-reliant.
I'd recommend Taekwon-Do to anyone.


Dale kicking through two boards
Second Dan grading:
I'd dislocated a toe earlier in the day, but when you're running on adrenalin, nothing stops you.

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