Which Martial Art Experts Inspire You?

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If you ask people why they started training in martial arts a fair number of them will say they were inspired by legends like Bruce Lee.

For us- like many who start as adults- we began our taekwondo journey by accident through following our daughter.

And once we started kicking we found a whole new world opened up to us.

We still can't believe how lucky we are! We have been taught by some incredible martial art experts.

In our teachers we see jaw-dropping physical skill and enviable mental strength.

In Korea we trained with Master Park Kil-Jun- an awesome athlete with an unbelievable knowledge of tkd, hapkido and the human body.

Leah felt a bit nervous as he flew over her head- but she had nothing to fear of course!

Master Kim Demonstrates Sunmoodo

And Master Yong-Nam Kim- 7th Dan Taekwondo. 1st class Korean Yoga instructor. Korean Zen Master and 1st class chiropractor.


Our current Master is Jason Smith at Spirit Taekwondo.

Master Jason is a fantastic athlete and motivating teacher. He has a vast knowledge of taekwondo, hapkido and self defense and he inspires us as we continue our journey in Australia.

It was an honour to be taught by Master Jason's own Master Alex Edwin. An incredible athlete with unbelievable humility.

And of course there's Master Ron Claassens who has a vast knowledge and understanding of a number of martial arts including ITF taekwondo.

What do we think makes someone a martial arts expert?

First up...

... time.

All the experts we mention on this page have trained continually for decades.

They have each devoted a massive part of their lives to martial arts and their students.

And during that time they have each

  • Amassed an incredible knowledge of their chosen arts and the human body.
  • Mastered amazing physical skills.
  • And built enviable mental strength.

But for us the most defining thing of all...

... is the humility these martial art experts show.

Despite their incredible ability they all showed us massive respect and passed their knowledge on freely.

This is a great lesson for us as we travel along the road behind them.

Here's someone else who might inspire you.

Geoff Thompson's story of nightclub bouncer turned martial artist then writer is inspirational.

Sign up for Geoff's ezine and you get a great free e-book 'The art of fighting without fighting.' An intriguing title for a great book!

And now it's your turn!

Who are Your favorite martial art experts?

Which great martial artist inspires and motivates you?

Is it your current teacher? Or is it a legend like Bruce Lee?

Why do they inspire you? What do they do really well? How have they helped you along your martial arts path?

Tell us now! We'd love to hear your story.

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