Colin earned his first black belt in an eclectic Chinese/Korean system out of South East Asia in 1987. He then joined American Karate and Taekwondo Organization in Dallas, Texas in 1991 where he trained in Traditional Taekwondo from GM Keith Yates' Nam Seo Kwan Taekwon Do lineage.
Colin's story below ...
Since then, the work I have done extrapolating from studies of my Taekwondo lineage has me reflecting on how Taekwondo fits in the grand scheme of the martial arts world, trying to understand the lessons I've been gifted, dreaming of how far I can take Traditional Taekwondo, and making its '精神' (Jīngshén) or 'spirit' accessible to one and all.
My school is Joong Do Kwan - 중도관 [中道館]. JDK is a nod towards 'Chung Do Kwan' the first of the original kwans, and it means 'the school of the middle way.' Joong is the point between predecessors of our art and modern Korean innovations from the mid 1940s and beyond.
In 2016, I embarked on a journey to publish a book which I'm calling The Martial Heart of Taekwon Do Hyung in commemoration of AKATO's 40th Anniversary. This book was to convey to other practitioners that our patterns are impressions, they are memories, and they are the wishes of experienced technicians who are now long gone. The application of these Hyung should thus consider the stress of an encounter and how the opponent responds to you. It's not simply gifting random functionality to a series of techniques.
If you are ever in Perth and, like us, are walking the middle path, please stop by for a visit.
Colin is a member of American Karate and Taekwondo Organization, an Associate Master Instructor with Taekwondo Kidokwan Perth, International Affiliate with Molum Combat Arts Association, and an Administrator for The study of Taekwondo/ 태권도의 공부. Colin is ranked 6th dan in Traditional Taekwondo. In a previous life, Colin was a National Representative in Archery and Assistant National Coach. Colin holds a BBA with Honors in Organisation Behavior, and a Masters in Business and Technology. Colin was awarded AKATO Instructor of the Year 2016.
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