Each Year our governing body, TaeKwon-Do Impact (http://www.tkdimpact.co.uk/), hosts a full day of TaeKwon-Do training taught by the Masters in our organisation and other highly experienced instructors. Master Nardizzi (8th Degree), Master Anderson (7th Degree) and Master R. Dennis (7th Degree) are the Impact Masters and each ran seminars throughout the day. Impact Day 2013 too place on Sunday November 3rd at the Impact Academy in Croydon. The academy is a full time TaeKwon-Do gym and an excellent location for the event, and once again I had the honour of demonstrating many techniques with Master Nardizzi.
This year only 2 representatives from Banstead TaeKwon-Do were able to attend, myself and Robert Sullivan (2nd Degree) who has recent joined us, coming from Shannon TaeKwon-Do over in Ireland. After our initial welcome and a good warm up led by Master Dennis we were split in to groups depending on our experience and headed towards the first series of seminars for the day, Patterns.
I was treated to almost 1-2-1 instruction through my 4th Degree patterns by Master Nardizzi and I certainly gained some important training methods and technique adjustments to improve power and efficiency. Robert was under the instruction of Master Anderson and got the chance to revise his 2nd Degree patterns.
Master Nardizzi also ran the sparring seminar which covered some skillful footwork evasion applications and counter-attack drills – a perfect revision for Robert and his re-entry in to competition the following weekend.
Master Dennis ran a well received seminar covering necessary skills on avoiding being taken to the ground. In self defence situations I am certain that the “reality based” self defence experts agree that being on the ground on hard, uneven floors, with multiple attackers, is a bad place to be. Using his extensive experience of grappling Master Dennis covered essential basics in the time allowed.
Master Anderson covered some applications of TaeKwon-Do techniques in not-so-familiar scenarios, such as being seated on a bus. This proved to be a fun seminar giving all students the opportunity to be inventive and imaginative with the skills and techniques they use in the Dojang.
Overall this Impact Day was one of the most enjoyable and useful ones I have attended and I fully recommend that all eligible students should attend in 2014.
As an instructor and a student of TaeKwon-Do I believe that was can always learn new skills, develop existing skills and learn to better apply skills as long as we keep training and being active in events like these.
Thank you to Master Nardizzi, Master Anderson and Master Dennis for running an excellent day of TaeKwon-Do, pretty much on our doorstep.