Students at Twin Dragon Taekwondo go through a sparring test this spring. The club operates all year and welcomes new members. Photo by Angela Humphrey

Success stories: You’re invited to share in taekwondo achievements

Surrey-based Twin Dragon TKD looks to promote multiple members to black belt standing

If you like being involved with a club that works hard to help you improve, you’ll want to check out Twin Dragon Taekwondo.

This year is a big one for the Surrey-based club, which operates out of your neighbourhood Port Kells Community Centre, with six original students from its 2015 inaugural class potentially testing for their first-degree black belts.

“These are students that have worked through the last three years, starting as a white belt and working their way up,” says instructor Angela Humphrey. “It’s a pretty exciting time to be in this business and watch the students grow.”

She and husband Jason Humphrey, the club’s Master and head instructor, like to encourage and inspire their students by telling them, “a black belt is a white belt that never gave up.”

Besides orchestrating belt testing for existing students and keeping the doors open all spring and summer to welcome newcomers of all ages, Twin Dragon TKD is busy with other activities.

Here’s some of what’s happening:

  • Reaching out to the community The club’s instructors recently held a self-defence class for Girl Guide groups in the area, sharing important life skills and giving them a taste of martial arts.
  • Rodeo time is fun time Participating in the Cloverdale Rodeo parade over the May long weekend is a favourite event for the students and instructors. They not only walk the parade route, they’ll showcase their skills with demonstrations of sparring and the always-thrilling nunchaku techniques.
  • Heading to the Island The end of April will see about 15 students from the club compete at the Island Open Taekwondo Championships in Parksville. It’s the second time the club will take part in this event and it makes for a fun road trip for the group, Angela says.
  • Watch for a special promotion Later in April the club will be offering a special spring incentive to generate interest. Registration is open all year long and spring and summer are great times to get involved. Ask for more information!

Make taekwondo a family activity

You might think the siblings of current students would be most anxious to learn taekwondo, but Angela says more parents take the step to join the club after watching on the sidelines for a while. “It’s nice to get the parents off the chairs and actually participating,” she notes. “Often they start out at the same belt level, so it’s something families can do together.”

Anyone is welcome to come down and watch a class to get a sense of how they work, she adds.

If you’d like to find out more about the club, visit their website, email Angela at twindragontkd@hotmail.com or call her at 604-317-1580. You can also follow the club on Facebook.

 

Photo by Angela Humphrey

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