We are proud to announce that International Taekwon-Do have been successful in gaining KiwiSport funding again. Schools throughout Auckland who have not received prior funded courses should contact Mr Peter Graham for more information. Black Belts interested in instructing please apply here.
International Taekwon-Do has been included in Sport New Zealand’s government funded sports initiative to promote sport for school-aged children: Kiwisport.
KiwiSport was launched late 2009 by the Honourable John Key. KiwiSport is a national initiative that aims to increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport (at least 3 hours per week) – during school, after school and during holidays. KiwiSport is underpinned by the following 3 objectives:
Internationals Taekwon-Do has applied for and received fund from the Regional Partnership Fund administered by Counties Manukau Sport to pilot a programme in that region. An application has been lodged with Sport Auckland and the CEO is planning to eventually apply to most if not all of the 17 Regional Sports Trusts around the country.
International Taekwon-Do aims to achieve the following objectives:
The mandated core values of the New Zealand Education Curriculum fit well with the International Taekwon-Do philosophy. This syllabus introduces children to the International Taekwon-Do Tenets: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit.
The Tenets are explained to children in a way that is easy for them to understand and relate to:
The Taekwon-Do philosophy is based on discouraging fighting and building a more peaceful world. This can be achieved through encouraging a balanced approach to aspects in life and a positive attitude based around the physical, mental and moral aspects of the art. This model is not dis-similar to the Māori health concept of ‘te whare tapa whā' - the four cornerstones (or sides) of Māori health. With its strong foundations and four equal sides, the symbol of the wharenui illustrates the four dimensions of Māori well-being.
Should one of the four dimensions be missing or in some way damaged, a person, or a collective may become 'unbalanced' and subsequently unwell.
For many Māori modern health services lack recognition of taha wairua (the spiritual dimension). In a traditional Māori approach, the inclusion of the wairua, the role of the whānau (family) and the balance of the hinengaro (mind) are as important as the physical manifestations of illness.
For further information or questions contact the Kiwisport Co-ordinator Mr Peter Graham
On behalf of Fairburn School I would like to thank you for the excellent coaching you provided at our school. Not only did our students and teachers learn a lot about Taekwon Do, they also were able to put the values and principles into practice at school. It was great for our students to have an opportunity to learn about commitment and self discipline and to break that board!
Best of luck for the future
For the last two years we have been fortunate enough to have had Taekwon-Do running in our school. The lessons were well structured and flowed from one lesson to the next.
The instructors were knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and responded to the needs of our staff and school. We received lots of positive feedback from staff and children who thoroughly enjoyed learning Taekwon-Do. Our students were highly engaged and benefited from the value based learning of the programme.
There was a high emphasis on the areas of self respect and discipline which the children learnt as they progressed through their lessons.
We would recommend Taekwon-Do to other schools as a part of their P.E. programme. We hope that they receive the funding they need to continue benefiting students and staff.
Tarayn Zeier & Nick Pattison
"We have been impressed with the programme you have offered
our students and the manner in which you have taught them. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had the
opportunity for our students to be exposed to Taekwon-Do.
"I'm wondering if there is any possibility of another round of International Taekwon-Do later in the year?! I knew that the kids would love it but I’m amazed at the discipline & sound values that they are exhibiting as a result, all credit to the tutors!
I’m not sure if the long term plan is for the team to return every year but regardless, if you can squeeze us in another dose we’d love it!
Principal, Rongomai School"
(published with permission)