CLUB STORY – Manx Taekwondo students make the grade – Isle Of Man

The Isle of Man’s leading Taekwondo club, Manx Taekwondo, is celebrating the promotion of five students to the coveted 1st Dan/Poom Black Belt grade, and a further student to 2nd Dan, following an extensive and intensive grading session led by visiting Grand Master (8th Dan), Ian Lennox.

Chairman of Manx Taekwondo, Master Rod Nielsen, said ‘I’m especially proud of the students promoted to 1st and 2nd Dan Black Belt – their commitment to Taekwondo over many years is admirable, and they’re a great role model to younger children training in the club’.  Master Nielsen added ‘I’m very grateful to Master Lennox for coming to the island to lead the grading as this ensures our students meet the same exacting standards as students grading in the UK’.

When announcing the outcome of the grading Master Nielsen reminded students that while achieving a Black Belt is a significant achievement – one that is only achieved by approximately 20% of students taking up Taekwondo – it is nevertheless only the end of the beginning – i.e. a recognition that the basics have been mastered, but there is much still to learn.

The students achieving their 1st Dan Black Belt are: Patrick James, Sam Cowin, Alex Faragher , Marco Ciappelli, Shravanthika Sivakumar and  Michael Ferrer achieved his 2nd Dan Black Belt, having achieved his 1st Dan some two years ago.

The grading occurred as part of a Taekwondo festival arranged by the club with support from Master Lennox’s Nottingham based Team Kang Han.  Besides the Black Belt grading the festival, which occurred over a long weekend just before Christmas, consisted of a sparring competition and self-defence training for students of all grades and all ages, with adults participating alongside their children.

Adult student Charlotte Mckean, who started Taekwondo with her children Kristy and Maria three years ago, said ‘we’ve really enjoyed the weekend. Kirsty and Maria have been inspired to see other young people achieve their Black Belt, and we learnt new skills with the self-defence training.  Everyone is really friendly in the club’.

Manx Taekwondo is now looking forward to an action-packed 2018 – beginning with a kup (colour belt) grading at the end of January, a training camp in Gibraltar and participation in various UK competitions.

New members, both children and adults, are very welcome – contact Rod Nielsen on 436181, or search Facebook for –  Manx Taekwondo.