“Keep up if you can ” – that is the challenge being thrown out to Il Shim Instructors by Mr Robbie Medlin, Instructor of our Il Shim Longreach club.
The Longreach club commenced in January this year and has grown to 45 members strong already. The club held its first grading with 32 members grading.
The grading went very well and Mr Medlin was extremely happy with the effort and determination that was applied by all who attempted their grading. In a hot and sultry 38 degrees the Longreach members learnt that grading’s are not a rite of passage and that every belt is earned through hard work and effort.
Junior members got to assist the adults with their grading through counting out, in Korean, the number of repetitions adults had to perform in a number of areas including sitting stance punches, star jumps, push ups and kicking drills. Adults quickly found out that those smiling young faces had a darker side when it came to watching the adults sweat.
The Master Daher Award for Excellence went to junior member Lachlan Horne for his dedication and effort in everything that he does. Mr Horne has excelled in confidence and skill since joining the club and applies himself at every lesson. The Master Daher Award for Excellence is a tradition that the Longreach Club has implemented and it is an award that recognises individuals whom apply themselves in everything that they do within and outside of the club – much in the way that Master Daher does every day.
Mr Charlie Rayner, was the first junior belt to be graded from a white belt to yellow belt for the club. Mr Rayner demonstrated excellent skill in everything that was asked of him. His flexibility and kicking abilities were certainly a standout. Recognition through presentation of a yellow belt was well deserved. Well done Mr Rayner.
Well done to all students who attempted their first grading. Your efforts on the day reflected our motto of “One Mind”, in that everyone applied themselves to their fullest ability and that is all that can be asked of you. CONGRATULATIONS
Il Shim Longreach is certainly heading in the right direction, the culture and spirit of the club, whilst being family based, is very strong and we have a lot of dedicated students and family members that are helping to ensure our club creates a positive footprint in our local community