TUNZ Instructors Camp 2014
On the weekend of 22-23 February, Clark and I along with Julia-Grace, Adam, Paul, Anita and Rafael attended the 2014 Instructors Camp held in Christchurch.
The first session was on promoting our clubs. It transpired that Olympic is one of very few clubs that has a web page, which as we all know, is regularly updated with information and articles such as this one.
There was also some lively discussion facilitated by Master Ken Glassenbury & Master Vijay Chukka. In addition to promoting our clubs, there was also discussion on what the clubs would like to see the Union do to assist. i.e. Coaching seminars, club visits by Union officials – for gradings.
Also spoke about establishing national standards.
The second session was taken by Anita and was all about the “Rubber Band Club”, stretching and general flexibility. As we have come to expect from Anita, this was very well prepared and presented. I believe the local Warehouse ran out of dyna-bands at lunchtime after this presentation. Those of us who have been attending the Rubber Band club stretching after general classes on Monday and Wednesday can attest to its effectiveness in improving our flexibility. During the session we broke off into small groups to come up with ideas to share with the group on how to assist club members (those new to TKD, students that struggle with flexibility, or experienced students that need extending).
After a delicious lunch, (huge thanks to those who donated food and time to make this possibleJ), we broke into two groups. One stayed in the Manning Hall where we were put through our paces by Jo and Selina, learning the latest twist in poomsae, while others went with Master Hayden Spatcher into the dojang where various Self Defence and ground fighting moves were taught.
That night was a dinner celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Taekwondo Union of New Zealand. On the Website you can admire the Tae Kwon Do community showing what they look like in their best clothes instead of the usual sight of them in doboks!
On Sunday morning Dr Bren Dorman, Nic’s father, gave us a comprehensive rundown of the medical issues associated with our sport and what is involved when you take a team of athletes to a foreign country. A very informative talk
This was followed by a talk by Hanshi Renzi Hanham (8th dan Seido Karate) who followed up on the medical issues by looking at the mental issues and how we can optimise ourselves mentally before a competition. Renzi has a huge amount of experience in both the sporting and corporate world, and has recently worked with the Crusaders.
The weekend was very well supported by the union clubs, with several instructors/ coaches travelling from the North Island, as well as from Dunedin.
The TUNZ 20th Anniversary Dinner - Article & Pics. The dinner was held on the Saturday night during the Instructors Camp weekend attended by our club members Rafael, Anita, Nic, Alan, Josh & Sarah.