IT’S that time of year again where registrations are being taken for various sporting groups around the area.
Ronald Bergan, Master Instructor, is looking forward to yet another successful year for his students at Him-Do Tae Kwon Do at Salamander Bay.
“People come to train for many reasons, the main ones are increase confidence, self-defence and for the younger students to improve their co-ordination,” Ronald told News Of The Area.
“Being an indoor sport, we are unaffected by the weather and importantly, we train on rubber mats which helps to reduce impact on leg joints, there is no need to compete against anyone but yourself.”
Adrian Hill, student at Him-Do said, “I like the fact I can see I am progressing as we are graded every three months, this inspires me to keep going and improving, I have lost weight and it is a very supportive group, I wish I had started earlier.”
As well as the regular tournaments being held in 2017, Ron is organising the third Port Stephens Taekwondo Championships being held at Tomaree High School on 11 and 12 March.
The event is open to the public and with competitors from other States and overseas, it makes for a very entertaining weekend.
It is important to note this is a not-for-profit event with all proceeds going to promote the sport.
Sponsors and dignitaries attend the Opening Ceremony and will also be handing out medals during the event.
“We really need a dedicated sports venue large enough to hold national titles,” Ron said.
“I don’t want to take the event to Newcastle, ideally, I would like to keep it here so the local community can benefit.”
Community support has been fantastic in the previous two years and Ron is expecting the same again in this year’s tournament.
For more information on this tournament call Ron on 0438 45 0835.
By Mandy ELLIS