Sunday, 10 May 2020

Neil Crammer passed away May 9 2020 RIP

Neil Crammer. Elder statesman and Black Belt Graduate at 84 years of age.

Neil came to Tigers Taekwondo at the YMCA in 2007 as a 74 year old novice ready to have a go.

A recent search of the peak body for Taekwondo in Australia records has revealed that when Neil completed his examination for black belt in December 2012 he was the oldest person to have achieved this milestone in the history of the sport in Australia.

It wasn’t as if he had a huge amount of spare time in his hands, as a life member of the Diamond Valley Gem Club, he has to fit in Bowls at the Ivanhoe Bowls Club where he has been a member since 1955, he has to front up with his paintings at Diamond Valley Arts and catch up with the goings on of the Melbourne PC Users Group.

Recently Neil succumbed to one of the scourges of our older population, a heart condition that required bypassed surgery, Neil credits his speedy recovery to the conditioning that he has acquired from Taekwondo, and can be quoted “Taekwondo saved my life”

This man is a credit to his gender and his age, with a real let’s have a “crack” attitude, and we at Tigers Taekwondo have had the privileged to have known him and be educated by him.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Direct Debits

Our apologies on behalf of the YMCA- it appears that some accounts may not have been suspended and a debit may have occurred.
The YMCA has been contacted and if this is the case we have requested a reversal of any transactions.
Sorry for any inconvenience and we will work to make sure the YMCA resolves this issue asap!  

Keep Safe
Tigers Taekwondo

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Poomsae Drills for Wednesday 25th March

Poomsae Drills
For white belts stand on one leg for 30 seconds and wave to someone with both hands,
Change legs and repeat do the every second day.

Hand Closes Arms extended, fingers and thumbs relaxed, close fist quickly ensuring thumb wrapped completely, repeat quickly 100 reps
Double Momtong makki action (extra same but 1 leg) Stand relaxed, both hands Double high outside block wrist at shoulder height, hands lightly closed bring hands to body block position without fingers touching, start slow and build speed
Double outside body block action (extra same but 1 leg) Stand relaxed both hands lightly closed crossed at the waist wrists facing up, complete outside body block action and finish in Double high outside block position, start slow and build speed
Body punch same hand only walking Whilst walking forward punch with the same hand every time, same side punches will alternate over front and back leg, at the same time making sure the non-punching hand is in the prepared position for the pulling action.
Same Side all blocking and punching (Everything) see previous drill Very seldom do we continuously change from left to right hand with the same block or punch, therefore it is much better to repeat the action with same hand whilst moving forward
One leg toe raises Stand at a wall for support if needed rise up onto ball of foot, don’t rock forward or start with foot already extended and slowly lower to floor, this will prevent rocking
One leg toe raises 45 degrees position on floor
As above in One leg toe raises but when returning to the floor land 45 degree clockwise or anticlockwise of the start position
Ball of foot turn 90degree steps against wall As above except turn foot 90 degrees
Frog stretch (extra - rotation of hip) Kneel on the floor knees as wide as comfortable with toes turned out and ankles in line with knees, lower yourself so that you rest on your elbows and gentle push backwards
Leg ups, spring off toe, no upward momentum of knee Walking forward spring off your toes in an upwards direction, don’t use knee up momentum to provide the lift
Body punch same hand only walking Long Stance Same as above but more difficult in Long Stance
Slow front kick below knee( knee height, start and finish 4 count) Whilst walking forward 3 steps to get relaxed then complete a front kick to a SLOW 4 count, knee up extend return step down, standing leg straight. This is best done firstly with the kick aimed at knee height
Slow Sidekicks 3 levels Whilst walking forward 3 steps to get relaxed, then complete a side kick to a SLOW 4 count, knee tucked, correct foot shape don’t rush the return completed a set at three levels, knee waist, higher.
Slow round house 3 levels Knee up and pointing in direction of travel at all times slow roundhouse to SLOW 4 count take 3 steps relax and repeat other leg
Half low block walking stance Start at walking stance with low block,(Left foot forward LH block) with a continuous motion bring the R foot up beside the L foot and the L blocking hand past R shoulder, the step forward with L foot and block with L hand.
Back stances single knife hand one side only Similar practice to Half low block walking stance, except executing single knife hand in back stance. These drills reinforce hand foot co-ordination as well as weak side hand preparation
Back stance single knife hand to nullo makki / spear hand, Taeguek 4 combination One side only. Emphasize on all things moving together during transition
Balance and hand / foot co-ordination for front kick Front stance hands in air, straighten front leg and make T shape with body horizontal to floor,(arabesque,) resume original front stance, then step =- repeat other side
Progression - Same as above except after return to front stance, front kick and pull hands to body as you kick return to original front stance before stepping
All actions, breath in during slow preparation, exhale and hold sharply on finish action setting core at same time.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Covid 19 Club Update

Covid 19 Club Update
Now that our State Government has acted with the imminent “lockdown” period starting tomorrow, it’s a good time to reflect on how we can all help each other through the next weeks and months.
Most sports clubs are now stopping group activities, and whilst the term “social distancing” is being used one Melbourne club has shown leadership in preferring to use the term “physical distancing”, meaning that we shouldn’t cut ourselves off from others and we can still be there and connect with others in our lives.
Tigers Taekwondo has been proactive last Monday in cancelling our remaining term classes and end of term gradings at both venues. The decision to cancel the remaining classes at Macleod was made in conjunction with the YMCA, and all direct debits were suspended last week. A credit will be issued to all affected families and deducted when our program recommences. Hopefully we’ll see you back at training sometime next term!
We understand the disappointment students will be feeling, especially those wishing to advance their grading, and encourage everyone to utilise the resources on our club website to assist with getting it right when practising at home.
Keep an eye out on our web and Facebook pages for more home training advice and tips.
Most importantly keep your training flame going by staying in touch with your martial arts practice and maintain good health and fitness!