TTM sees the first grading held at Alpha Park dojang under the instruction of the very experience Sabum Rabindra Ghale on 5th October 2022. Huge appreciation is extended to all jejas for being so keen to be graded in the middle of your school holidays and support from families absolutely can not be discounted. The foundation of this dojang will not be as successful without the hard work from Sabum Rabindra Ghale and his black belts, Uttam Shresta and Chris Lai.
Sabums Mayumi Tam and Jackson Chan certainly will leave a forever impression for all the pioneer jejas of this dojang who appreciated their support.
Well done and congratulations to all first timer grading jejanims.
147th TTM grading result:
9th Gup White Belt Yellow-tip
Loukit Ghale, Loudonald and Loughlan Go, Jayant Magar, Nirveek Shresta, Amberly Gurung and Khushi Shresta
On a rare sunny morning on the Sunday 25th September 2022 whilst many were still snoozing in la la land, and Covid now firmly in the rear-view mirror, began the 146th TTM colour belt grading at Strathfield dojang, courtesy of Sabum Ray. A momentous occasion where all those blood sweat and tears from the dedicated months of training are finally put to the test under the expert supervision of first-time solo grading instructor 6th degree Sabum Mayumi accompanied by small group of loyal black belt helpers in what would attest to be the 30th year of Tam Taekwon-Do Mudokwan. It didn't disappoint, the rigorous graders were rewarded was for all their hard work, self-discipline, display of skills and combat with a much-deserved new gup and an applauding audience.
The session began at coffee time, 8am for the junior-coloured belts. They were given 90 minutes in which to prove their newly gained Taekwon-Do moves were deserved of a new belt. After a quick warm-up they demonstrated their kicks, punches, blocks, patterns, written comprehension and step sparring. This was quickly followed by an entourage of green and higher belts who in addition to the line work and patterns, were required to engage in free sparring, often involving back-to-back rounds, whist utilizing their arsenal of flying kicks, spinning kicks and sublime dodging techniques. Finally, a third set of students appeared, a special arrangement for those who could not attend the earlier times. The auspicious occasion was concluded with a surprise visit from Grand Master Tam who under doctor's orders was present as a spectator only. Nevertheless, he witnessed his students make him proud with their endurance, perseverance, hard work and martial arts practice, and his instructor Sabum Mayumi run the show like a finely guided Master, albeit one belt to go!
The grading ran like clockwork, and when the final bell rang it was time to reward those previously graded black belts and umpires with their new doboks, belts, certificates, and a rapturous applause from those who had experienced their dedication, those you want to experience it, and those devoted parents who without them, none of this would be possible. So a big round of applause to those newly qualified, and an honourable mention to all the selfless black belt volunteers, and Adamrinjarni whose cameo display of combat and control drew whoops from the crowd, and all the newly promoted black belts, Sabums Alan Luong and Mayumi Tam both 6th degree, Winston Phan 2nd, Cecelia Choi and Jason Yohana (probation) for their 1st degree black belt, Sabum Jackson Chan International Umpire and Boosabum Mark Balfour National Umpire. Well done! Or as my white belt student mentioned, effort equals reward!
Bsb Mark Balfour
Congratulations to all jejanims who passed your grading.
146th TTM grading result:
9th Gup White Belt Yellow-tip
Adrian Abouhanna, Calysta Vlahos, Xander Camilleri, Zane Cetindermir, Gabriel Youssef, Lester Pan, Mabel Fan, Oliver Barrero, Dina Levy, Vanessa Yang, and Isabella Shalyapina
8th Gup Yellow Belt
Xavier Camilleri and Reyansh Mehta
7th Gup Yellow Belt Green-tip
Isla Blye, Zayn Hage, Mia Cetindermir, benjamin Marcos, Ari Koulouris, Matias Piedrahita Angel and Kartikeya Pathak,
6th Green Belt
Isla Blye, Christopher Le, Amir Nikmorad, Paris Youssef, Gracelyn Neville and Hussain Ibrahim
5th Gup Green Belt Blue-tip
Anthony and Alanna Abouhanna, Mariam and Zaynab Ibrahim, Shiv Patel, Duc Vo and Joanna Bechara
4th Gup Blue Belt
3rd Gup Blue Belt Red-tip
Nathanael Chan, Tony Youssef, Isaac Neville, and Brandon Kidner
2nd Gup Red Belt
River Hooper, Kyan Aung and Paul Zhang
1st Gup Red Belt Black-tip
Tanya Liu and Aaron Le
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