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Wearing a black belt does not make you invincible...........it means,

You never gave up,

Worked past the pain,

Overcame the disappointments,

Didn't cave in to your doubt's,

Faced your fears and learned enough to realise how little you

actually know.

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Experience is something you gain after you need it!

I just love that, and how true!

Told to me by my nephew Paul, thanks for that big boy!

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I really really like the statement below, I took it from an article I was reading on the martial arts, the man who made the statement clearly is someone I can relate to, and boy oh boy have I met a few along "The Way", that like the sound of their own voices!!

Humility - In an age where arrogance, conceit, narcissism, and over indulgence in being self-opinionated is the undercurrent that drives our society, the time to stop and reflect on the essence of the martial arts and what it is to be a true martial artist, is long overdue. The word 'humble' in the Collins New English Dictionary is interpreted as exhibiting a 'modest and unpretentious demeanour' and to be conscious of ones failings. As such, the true martial artist should allow the physical acts of their achievements to be the broadcaster and not the sound of their own pontificating voices, as appears to be in so many ever increasing cases. 

Could not have put it better myself! Spot on! 

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"Pain is the best instructor, but nobody wants to go to his class"

Quote by General Cho Hong Hi, founder of Taekwondo.

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A thought....why not make a stumbling block into a stepping stone!

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Did you know that......the association is now 30 years old! as of January 2015, making it one of the longest running Martial Arts clubs in Kent today!

To me it represents a massive achievement, something that has taken me most of my life to do, and, God willing, I shall continue to share it with you all for the rest of my life.

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Did you know that "Bullshido"means...............

Martial arts instruction that is fraudulent, inept or otherwise not worth trusting (from a portmanteau of bushido and bullshit) what a lovely word portmanteau is!

If the instructor appears to be out to make money, then the chances are that you will probably encounter bullshido!

Ha! I just love this one!

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Did you know that.................

Tanto Jutsu means "The Art of the Knife".

It's part of the Samurai "Bujutsu".

In Korean Arts they call it "Dan Gum Sul".

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Did you know that..................

70 million people practice WTF Taekwondo in 184 different

countries!.......not a lot of people know that!

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ECTA welfare officer is Elizabeth Parker-Gorman, Elizabeth is usually at the club between 7:30 and 8:30pm most Wednesdays, she is more than willing to discuss and answer any questions or concerns regarding student welfare issues. We are glad that Elizabeth has agreed to take on this responsibility and thank her for her continued support spanning many years.

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Did you know that...........Taekwondo literally means:  way of the hand and foot. 

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Did you know that............Karate literally means: empty hand.

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Did you know that..........the only student that started training with me as a teenager and that has carried on into his adult life, reaching his current grade of 3rd Dan  running his own Taekwondo School in Lincolnshire, is a man called Paul Timms. Paul trained with me in 1987 for some years, went on to join the Parachute Regiment, then joined the Royal Military Police. Paul has since taught arrest and restraint techniques to the police force and is a qualified national and international referee. 

Paul visited our Dover club during 2013, and is going to give us all an update on WTF sport Taekwondo and Patterns on his next visit, cant wait to share in his knowledge.

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Did you know that..........the associations first junior black belt was a

 junior called Paul Lazarus, yes thats right, Cho Su Alisons son!

Paul also went on to become the associations first junior second

 Dan. 

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 Did you know that...........the associations first senior 1st Dan was a

 man called Kevin Finch.

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Did you know that.........the associations first, and currently only one

 to this day, 2nd Dan was a man called Russell Chance.

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Did you know that............11th April 1955...... was a Monday, not a lot

 of people know that!

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REMEMBER THIS 

A black belt is a white belt that didn't quit!

A master is a black belt that didn't quit!

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SENIORS REMEMBER THIS

For as we fight

So must we train!

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Its not just practice that makes perfect

It's CORRECT practice that makes perfect!

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 One becomes a beginner after a thousand days of training

And an expert after ten thousand days of practice!

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 Everyone wants to be a tough guy....... but no one wants to pay the

 price! (Steven Segal)

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