September 2022 action

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First Tae Kwon Do Master Low, Chief Instructors, and new black belt members, September 2022, Perth

At the recent First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia grading examination, we had two candidates applying for promotion to the rank of 1st Dan black belt. Both applicants ran through a series of tests, including basic techniques, self-defence techniques, and breaking techniques. A key part of the grading is several rounds of free sparring, or… Continue reading September 2022 action

July 2022 action

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First Tae Kwon Do flying side kick, July 2022, Perth

First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia’s black belt training session in July 2022 focused on throwing techniques, which involve a simulated attack and then a defensive response including a throw to put the attacked onto the ground. Chief Instructor Dane Meade, 5th Dan, taught black belt members for the better part of two hours on… Continue reading July 2022 action

May 2022 and June 2022 action

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First Tae Kwon Do jumping front snap kick, June 2022, Perth

With the gradual lifting of COVID-19 public health restrictions in Western Australia, First Tae Kwon Do training has continued through the autumn and into winter. While ‘Tae Kwon Do’ is nowadays a very broad term, like ‘Karate’ or ‘Kung Fu,’ most people associate this Korean martial art with kicking techniques—particularly the World Taekwondo system seen… Continue reading May 2022 and June 2022 action

September 2021 action

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First Tae Kwon Do front snap kick, September 2021, Perth

First Tae Kwon Do Master Vernon Low was in Perth recently to teach and to examine candidates for promotion. There was a solid contingent of FTKD students who had been training for this test, and they presented well throughout the day. Congratulations to all students who were promoted, and there will be many who will… Continue reading September 2021 action

January 2020 to August 2021 action

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First Tae Kwon Do side kick, November 2020, Perth

It has been more than a year since I last posted some photographs, and that has been mainly due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. First Tae Kwon Do training has been interrupted due to the public health situation, but we are starting to see something of a return to normality. At the beginning of 2020,… Continue reading January 2020 to August 2021 action

December 2019 action

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First Tae Kwon Do Master Low, Instructors, and new Junior Black Belt, December 2019, Perth

The last grading examination of the year has come around for First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia, and hundreds of students were in attendance as candidates. Over the course of a morning and afternoon, Master Vernon Low taught instructors and black belt members, then proceeded to examine the candidates submitted for testing. Lighting in the… Continue reading December 2019 action

October 2019 action

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First Tae Kwon Do spinning heel kick, October 2019, Perth

The past few months have been exceptionally busy months, and I have not gotten to shoot as much as I normally do. Below are photographs from two different training sessions; the first in a mixed-lighting situation during the day, and the second under more uniform lighting at night. In the first four pictures, the colouring… Continue reading October 2019 action

June 2019 action

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First Tae Kwon Do free sparring, June 2019, Perth

Master Vernon Low examined FTKD WA members earlier this month, and apart from the coloured belt promotions, we saw a Junior Black Belt, 1st Dan Black Belt, and 2nd Dan Black Belt promotion. While I was not there to shoot the black belt gradings, there was plenty of action through the rest of the day.… Continue reading June 2019 action

May 2019 action

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First Tae Kwon Do backfist strike, May 2019, Perth

Master Vernon Low travels regularly from South Australia to teach and examine First Tae Kwon Do members in Western Australia. On his most recent visit, Master Low focused on training senior coloured belt members and black belt members. All black belt members, from the youngest to the oldest, train under Master Low’s personal direction. Apart… Continue reading May 2019 action