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.
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.
Here with Mr. Butchers, Master Burn, Senior Master Moore and Mr Livingstone.
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.
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.
Second Dan grading:
I'd dislocated a toe earlier in the day, but when you're running on adrenalin, nothing stops you.