Nepean Martial Arts to Korea - Meet Madeleine

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 Our next team member we wish to highlight is Instructor Madeleine! 

Photo: Patrick Williamson

National Achievements:
2012: 1st in patterns and paper cutting
2013: 1st in patterns, paper cutting, sparring and group patterns
2014: 1st in paper cutting, bamboo cutting, group patterns and 3rd in individual patterns

Favourite Pattern and why:
I think Pattern 10 is my favourite. It combines so many different single and two handed techniques, in a number of directions, and I love the stalking section! It is a longer pattern which I also like.

What are you looking forward to most in Korea?:
Just being amongst, and watching, the best in the word will be fantastic. I am looking forward to the challenge of competing in Korea and working with more amazing martial artists.

Why Haidong Gumdo?
I have been doing martial arts since 1988, and was looking for a sword style to expand my knowledge. I didn’t want the kendo type of practice, and found Haidong Gumdo a bit by accident through an article in the local paper. It is so flowing and I dream of being able to do that. Finding the class only two blocks away from my house was quite an incentive initially as well J

Other martial art achievements:
I finally achieved my 2nd Dan in Karate at the age of 55. I also have a Yellow belt in Hapkido but I can’t remember any of that.

What is your spirit animal?
The owl.

Favourite album:
Enya’s Amarantine, the best album for relaxing and pondering the important things in life. The songs are so poignant.

What’s your packing style - last minute or a month before:
Continually for at least a week before. I hate to think I have forgotten something. I write lists and pack as soon as items are not to be used, and often recheck that I have everything.

Photos: Patrick Williamson and Megan Williamson

Nepean Martial Arts to Korea - Plus meet Robert Harris!

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On the 23rd of July 2015, our Nepean Martial Arts contingent will head to 평창군 Pyeongchang in South Korea for the 2nd Mulimpia and Haidong Gumdo World Championships.

This will be Nepean Martial Arts third time competing within a World Championships (sending a team in both 2010 and 2012) and we couldn’t be more excited for this year, sending a total of seven competitors who have commenced a highly regimented (and from what I hear, brutal) 12 week training program compiled by NSW state trainer and two time bronze medalist from 2012, Master Luke Adlam.

We are so pleased and can’t wait to share our journey of tears and blisters with you for the next twelve weeks! 

It is our endeavour to let you all get to know our team a little better, so please enjoy the first interview with team member Robert Harris (1st Dan)

2014 Pre Mulimpia and Australian National Championships - Photo by Patrick Williamson

National Achievements:
2013 - 18-35 Male: Red belt & Chodanbo Division

  • 3rd Patterns
  • 1st Paper Cutting
  • 1st Sparring
  • 1st Group Patterns

2014 - 18-35 Male 1st/2nd Dan Black Belt Division

  • 1st Dan:
  • 4th Pattern
  • 3rd Paper Cutting 
Favourite Haidong Gumdo pattern and why:
Pattern 9. Most of it's moves flow into one another seamlessly while showing off power and technique. When the spins through the middle section are quite challenging and when done correctly, they look very impressive. The cartwheel also gives the pattern a real flourish to end on.
What are you looking forward to most in Korea?:
I'm looking forward to see the highest standard of Haidong Gumdo being practiced all around me.
Why Haidong Gumdo?
I've always wanted to do a martial art, but sparring was not something that held much interest. Having fantasy themed interests throughout my life led me to be greatly interested in wielding a sword but I thought other sword martial arts - such as kendo - to be too stationary and with a focus on sparring. Haidong Gumdo is the perfect blend of the elements I enjoy such as the flow, focus on patterns and discipline.
Other martial art achievements:
Yellow 3 in Taekwondo when I was ~10-12 years old?
What is your spirit animal?
An F1 car... I don't have one.
Favouite album:
I assume this refers to music? I don't have a particular all time favourite, but "Save Rock and Roll - Fall Out Boy" comes to mind and ranks pretty highly.
What's your packing style - last minute or a month before:
The night before, otherwise you can't use the things you're taking for a month, that just seems silly!

From White belt to 1st Dan - Photos by Patrick and Megan Williamson

Congratulations Zamar!!!

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A big congratulations to Zamar Zulfiqar who earned his 1st Dan in Haidong Gumdo. Zamar was one of our first junior students when Nepean Wolves started Junior classes. We are so proud of his efforts. Here he is unwrapping his very first kagum (training sword).

Timetable Changes

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Due to competing commitments with the Surveyors Creek school hall, there will be a number of changes to the Monday and Tuesday timetables. The Tuesday sports class has been a great training opportunity for students who want to take their fitness to a new level and prepare for Taekwondo competitions.

From March 3, the sports class will be held on Monday nights at Blackwell Public School, St Clair, from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm. As a result the timetable for  Monday and Tuesday Wolf Pack and Family classes will change as follows:
Mondays at Blackwell Public School from Monday, March 3, 2014:
6.00pm - 7.00pm : Wolf Pack Class
7.00pm - 8.00pm : Family Class
8.00pm - 9.00pm : Sports Class
Tuesdays at Surveyors Creek Public School from Tuesday, March 4, 2014:
6.30pm - 7.30pm : Wolf Pack Class
7.30pm - 8.30pm : Family Class
There will be no sports class on Tuesdays.
If you would like more information about the sports class and whether it would be right for you, have a chat to Dave, Sue or your instructor.

Term 1 Important Dates

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Welcome back! Please find the following important dates for Term 1 2014. More information will be provided closer to the date:

Instructor and Team Leaders Meeting
Date : 2 March 2014
Time : 4.00pm - 5.00pm : Leadership Team / 5.00pm - 6.00pm: Instructors
Place : East Blaxland Public School

Challenge Camp
Date : 23 March 2014
Place : Winmalee High School

Combined Taekwondo/Haidong Gumdo Grading
Date : 6 April 2014
Place : Winmalee High School 

Term 1 Finishes Friday 11 April 2014.

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