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What Taekwondo Means to Me

About four years ago I separated from my husband. Our son was nine years old at the time and I had sole custody. He had been doing some swimming training and the coach advised me that although his arms were strong, he needed to develop some inner core strength and suggested a martial art would be a good way to achieve that. I had been looking for a form of exercise that we could do together as being single; it was going to be difficult to get a baby sitter every time I wanted to exercise.

Bondi Junction Taekwondo was the first place I rang and Maria was so kind and explained that there was more to taekwondo than just exercise. It is great for your mind as well. Many of the younger students have done extremely well at school.

We went to watch a lesson and discovered there was quite a mix of people – young, old, male and female. As I was 44 and female, it was reassuring to know that I wouldn’t be the odd one out.

For the first few lessons Maria showed us what to do at the back of the class. She was very patient and inspirational. I felt very comfortable as she did not push us hard. We could go at our own pace. When we had learnt all the moves after a few lessons, we joined in with the class under Lindsay’s instruction. Lindsay is one of the most respected black belts in Australia, being a seventh dan. I thought he would be very serious and strict, but he makes the class so much fun with his jokes, so although it is hard work, it is definitely enjoyable.

My son dropped out after a couple of years, but it is quite normal for boys to do that when they go through adolescence (much to their mother’s dismay!). Most of them come back after a few years and go on to become black belts.

I have continued to go for the last four years and try very hard not to miss a class (three times a week). As a single mother, my life can be quite stressful. Maria and Lindsay and taekwondo have been so good for me. I always feel better after a class. It is a challenge mentally as well as physically. You can’t worry about anything else while you are there. The stress of the day goes completely and my body is so much stronger and suppler. I am confident my body can only benefit from taekwondo well into my old age.
Alex Mears

Taekwondo. Why I made the right choice…


There are only so many things in life you can claim, with a 100%
certainty, without doubt or regret that you made the right choice.
For me, Taekwondo was one such decision.  I started Taekwondo before
my HSC exams in 2004 to help me improve my focus for my studies, to
improve my health and energy levels, and also develop confidence in my
wellbeing.  It also seemed like something really enjoyable.

When I first came to watch Eastern Suburbs Taekwondo, I was
immediately impressed by the safe and friendly learning environment,
but the constant motivation to be better, and adherence to the
principles and philosophy of taekwondo: courtesy, integrity, modesty,
perseverence, self control and indominatable spirit.  I wanted to make
that a part of my life, and have done so ever since.

I found that taekwondo really complimented an academically rigorous
lifestyle, and it contributed greatly to my achievements in that area.
 I trained consistently and regularly without compromise throughout
the 5 years of my university career and graduated with distinction and
won academic prizes.  I found that if I worked my education and
activities around taekwondo, and made the principles a part of my
life, I developed true success, resilience and insight into my studies
and other aspects of my life.

Now a qualified legal professional, I remain as dedicated to Taekwondo
as I was the day I started. As it served me well in high school and
university, I find it serves me extremely well in my professional
endeavours. I attribute a lot of my success to the practice of
Taekwondo and the internalisation of the philosophies.

There are few things you can say you truly dedicate your life to, and
for me, Taekwondo is one of those things. I've enjoyed the many years
practicing, but I know the years that follow will only get better and

Andrew Low
B. Commerce/Law
12 June 1987

Taekwondo Lifestyle


I started Taekwondo as a chubby high school kid (about 14 years of age), and I stopped after 6 months of training. However, something about the atmosphere made me return when I was 17 (just after my HSC) and I haven’t stopped for the past 12 years. Lindsay & Maria have been there with me every step of the way, from falling on my backside to throwing dynamic well-balanced movements. ..they will always guide you with utmost integrity.

  • Age will not hold you back in our school
  • Flexibility & Co-ordination can be developed
  • Our Taekwondo family is warm and welcoming

Taekwondo & My Life

Taekwondo represents the pillars supporting my life. Everything I create within the philosophy and holistic training of the art seamlessly permeates all the events for which I experience from a day to day basis. As a young professional now (24 years of age), I can’t help but notice the number of my peers who yearn for direction and clarity within our rapidly moving times. I do not experience the same troubles. I live with purpose, gratitude, confidence and smiles.

Sometimes it gets hazy as with everything in life, but I come back to my relationship with the art and know that if  I continually seek to align myself with its “ideals”, then success & clarity becomes an inevitability.

Is Taekwondo for You?

Like the breath, the art of taekwondo has existed timelessly within different lifeforms. Something as sacred & priceless as this has to count for something.  Taekwondo is for everybody but not everybody is for Taekwondo.  Its something you have to experience first, to then decide for yourself.  =)


Jonathan Low
Black Belt Taekwondo Student

Reflections On My Taekwondo Experience

I guess there are a couple of things I would like to say about taekwondo in general and Lindsay and Maria’s school in particular.

The first is that I never thought I would be the kind of person who did martial arts. As a child and teenager, I hated aggression, would do anything to avoid a fight and thought that people who did things like taekwondo just wanted to be violent in more effective ways.

Now, after training with Lindsay and Maria for almost 16 years, I know better. I still hate aggression. And I still would do anything to avoid a fight. But I know that taekwondo actually brings out the best in people, is suitable for literally everyone, and if anything, reduces your chances of being caught up in violence.

Taekwondo is far more than self-defence, however. It is a uniquely balanced activity in that it increases your strength, flexibility and cardiovascular reserve at the same time – something you could achieve at the gym, but only with a highly tailored training regime which divides your time evenly between weights, cardio machines and the stretching mats. Taekwondo offers all of this ‘off-the-shelf’, so to speak, while engaging your mind and imagination in a way that a treadmill or bench-press never can.

What’s more, taekwondo encourages personal growth: it improves your mental focus and resilience while providing a great way to de-stress at the end of a day. It also has a philosophical basis, and by nurturing ideals such as courtesy, modesty and integrity, a good school provides a space of mutual respect and encouragement. This not only facilitates the process of learning, it also provides a haven from the ego-centrism and competitiveness of the outside world.

Alright, so you probably realise by now that I’m a big believer in the value of taekwondo. But the honest truth is that now, 16 years down the line, I can’t imagine myself not doing it. Thanks to Lindsay and Maria’s school, I have had a constant source of exercise, social contact and personal growth throughout my adult life, and that is something not to be taken lightly.

Which brings me to the school – Eastern Suburbs Taekwondo (or Bondi Junction Taekwondo as it was when I started). The name lacks the razzamatazz and machismo of some martial arts schools – but that summarises Lindsay’s approach to teaching: forget the attitude and the ego and get back to the basics of the art. Taekwondo should be accessible to everyone, not just the testosterone-enhanced minority . . .

As an approach it has certainly worked to create a fantastic balance in our school, such that women usually make up at least 50% of our classes. In terms of age, many of our students (myself included) have weathered the awkward storm of adolescence all the better for the confidence, perspective and physical competence that can be gained from training, while our oldest students are in their sixties. In fact, I honestly doubt there is another school out there than can boast such diversity – which is all due to the supportive, inclusive and highly personalised instruction that Lindsay and Maria provide to everyone who walks through the door.

Anyway, I’ve probably gushed on enough now. Suffice it to say that starting taekwondo all those years ago was an easy decision and without a doubt one of the best I have made – before or since. If you’re looking for something fun, challenging and sociable to do for your health and well-being, in my honest opinion there isn’t a better option out there.

Best regards,

Dr Simon Rowe

(Black belt, 3rd dan)

Taekwondo Training is Good Fun, Great for Fitness and Mental Discipline

I was always quite self-disciplined when it came to academia but as I became a bit older I found that same level of self-discipline did not apply to my personal fitness or my waist line.

As a young man at the age of 22 I was quite shocked to discover I had put on 11 kilograms in the 4 years after I finished high-school and realised that I needed to make a positive change for the better. For me that change was Taekwondo.

I am proud to say that now at the age of 33, I am as trim and fit as I was when I was 18, the difference of course is that I now know how to defend myself should the need arise.

My main motivation to continue Taekwondo training as a young man in a highly stressful job and with a young family is to stay fit and healthy. From a psychological perspective, I find that no matter how stressful a day I have experienced, I can attend Taekwondo training and at the end of the training session I feel calm, stress-free and at peace with the world.

When I think back to my Taekwondo skill level and lack of flexibility when I started training, it is hard to believe how much I have achieved. While I will never be a world champion fighter, nor am I the most flexible student, I can hold my own in a bout and my core strength, flexibility and speed have increased markedly over time. I am living proof that anyone can train in taekwondo and become a competent martial artist given sufficient motivation and training!

I look forward to my training sessions every week and Taekwondo is a very important part of my life and lifestyle.

I would recommend Taekwondo training at Eastern Suburbs Taekwondo to anyone who is interested in learning self-defence, improving their fitness, flexibility and mental discipline and critically having fun.

Lesli Berger

General Manager

Fivex Commercial Property