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Meet The Instructors

 

 

Brice Nathan-Welch 3rd Dan Blackbelt

I have always had a passion for martial arts since I was a young boy growing up watching Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris movies. I never had the courage to join back then but as an adult and having children of my own I wanted them to do a martial art. We had friends who had just joined Auckland Taekwondo and suggest we come down and have a look. It only took the first class watching my kids up there throwing kicks and I thought to myself I could do that, so I asked the instructor if I could join in and haven’t looked back since.

I love the power and physical nature of Taekwondo. It keeps you lean, mean, fit, and always on your toes. The discipline and etiquette helps you keep a healthy mind and gives you a greater respect for those who have gone before you. I have made a lot of lifelong friends since joining Auckland Taekwondo due to the close knit family environment we have. My one and only regret is I wish I had started earlier.

2014 Cadet team trainer for Oceania TNZ team

2015 OTU Kyorugi coaching certificate

2016 OTU Kyorugi Level 1 coaching certificate

2016 TNZ Coach Junior World Team 

2016 TNZ Coach Oceania Team

Steven Glover 2nd Dan Blackbelt

I have my youngest son Marty to thank for getting our family into Taekwondo.

My two boys and I started Taekwondo together as white belts, and it’s now a huge part of our lives.

One of the things I love most about Taekwondo are the tournaments and the intense training sessions.

As well as the skills and techniques you learn, Taekwondo has given me a huge confidence boost which helps you deal with everyday situations.

By far the best part about Taekwondo for me is that I have learnt and developed alongside my boys which is priceless.

 

2015 OTU Kyorugi Coaching certificate

2016 OTU Kyorugi Level 1 Coaching certificate

2016 TNZ Coach Oceania Team

Gary Te Young 1st Dan Blackbelt

Master Matt Ransom - Senior Master

Member New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame

 

Matt Ransom is a 6th Dan Black Belt Senior Master and has over 35 years active involvement in Taekwondo at all levels.

 

Matt is the Secretary General of 'Taekwondo New Zealand' (TNZ), Executive Board Member of the WTF Oceania Taekwondo Union and member of the New Zealand Martial Arts Institute.

Matt is an inductee into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame and both the Australasian and New Zealand Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He holds a number of special diplomas and citations from both the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) and World Taekwondo Federation.

Over the years some of Matt's students have gone on to represent New Zealand at such prestigious events as the Olympic Games, Senior and Junior World Championships and the Oceania and Commonwealth Championships. While his primary focus these days is on helping out with the governance of Taekwondo and as a Grading Examiner, Matt still trains regularly and works hard to maintain a good level of fitness and technical ability as a Master Instructor. He trains under Grandmaster Tae Kyung Kim, 8th Dan - President of Taekwondo New Zealand.

 

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