28 MEDOWIE Residents took part in ImugiTaekwondo’s training camp from June 24-26.
Held at Glenrock Scout Centre, the Williamtown based club planned 2 days of intense martial arts technical training.
34 students in total, ranging from 6 to 55 years old were taught by guest instructors from Judo Sensei:Julia Maher and ChikaraKenpoKarate’s Chief Instructor – Shihan Gary Palmer and his team of Black Belts.
Training for adults started at 5am and went through to 11pm.
Students also participated in scout hikes and sunrise meditation on the beach, with adults completing a 5km mountain hike and fitness challenge.
This saw teams of three having to carry truck tyres up the mountain.
At the completion of camp two students were also graded to their next belt, having achieved the required level for their respective rank.
Taylor Windle of Sandy Hollow received his 1st Grade (black tip), while Brett Maher of Medowie achieved his 9th Grade (Yellow Tip).
The camp was wrapped up with an emotional speech of gratitude from Imugi’s Chief Instructor for the dedication and support his students give him and each other.
Kelly O’Brien from ImugiTaekwondo told News of The Area, “We refer to ourselves as the Imugi Family and have developed a culture of open-minded acceptance, resilience and diversity.”
“Camp was a thriving success and we are already planning the 2017 Imugi Training Camp,” she said.
Classes run from 5.30 to 7pm Monday and Thursdays at Williamtown Community Hall.
The club also works with Endeavour Group Australia in order to teach disabled adults Taekwondo alongside running private classes for special needs students.
ImugiTaekwondo has an up to date website for any photos, information and contact details.
By: Simone JOHNSON