Over 100 Comox Valley Woo Kim Taekwondo students tested for their next coloured belt on Saturday and Sunday in front of local Master Richard Dobbs and 9th degree black belt and Grand Master, Kil Woo Kim.
“It’s nice to see the students rewarded for their hard work. They are always so proud when they get their new belts, sometimes they’ll even wear their new belts to bed!” says Dobbs. “Through taekwondo, many students find their voice and confidence. Sometimes we get kids who come in brand new and can barely answer to their name at roll call then, two or three months later, they are speaking in front of the class for bows and tenets.”
Over the two days of testing students as young as five tested in front of a panel of black belts, overcoming nerves and shyness to show off their recently learned skills.
The red and black belts put on a demonstration for friends and families at the test. Afterwards two students tested for, and achieved, their 2nd degree black belts: Koltin Chang, 14, and Ben Ly, 13. “Both Koltin and Ben have come a long way from unassuming kids in class to courteous, confident and talented young men,” Dobbs said.
This semester is wrapping up this week, but will resume in early January. Woo Kim Taekwondo offers classes for everyone from five year old through to adults. Many parents have come to join the classes, making taekwondo a great family activity.
Taekwondo provides an excellent workout all while learning new skills. Classes are taught at either the Courtenay Lewis Centre or Comox Rec Centre (see the Recreation Reporter for class times).
“We encourage people to come try us out. You won’t be disappointed,” says Dobbs. For more information on joining classes, contact the CRA at 250-338-5371, the Comox Rec Centre at 250-339-2255 or Dobbs directly at 250-897-2452.