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Martial arts mateship

Tuesday, 26th November, 2013

Instructor Daniel Hickey and Craig McNamara. Instructor Daniel Hickey and Craig McNamara.

By Ethan James

Despite having a tumultuous past, the Far West and Outback taekwondo clubs came together under the same roof on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s the first time the clubs have united for something,” instructor and spokesperson for Far West Taekwondo Craig McNamara said.

The two clubs took part in a lesson taught by Daniel Hickey, who holds a rank of sixth Dan in the martial art.

With both clubs under the banner of the International Taekwondo Federation, Mr McNamara said the exercise was about creating mutual respect.

Hickey, who has represented Australian in World Championship events, held a number of training sessions on Saturday while also overseeing grading. 

“It was great to bring everyone together ... everyone’s been keen to learn and the instructors here have been happy to join in as well,” he said. 

A high school teacher in Adelaide, Hickey believes the martial art has a number of benefits that extend beyond the moves themselves.

“It teaches kids to focus on one goal in particular and develop better concentration which can help with studies,” he said.

“It’s also about learning respect for ranking and seniority.

Taekwondo operates under the philosophies “I shall be a champion of freedom and justice” and “I shall build a more peaceful world”.

“It’s allowed me to progress in my career through the discipline it’s taught me,” Hickey said.

Hickey is currently preparing 2014 World Championships in Italy. 

The Far West Taekwondo club thanked Broken Hill Gymnastics for allowing the use of their hall as well as Outback Taekwondo for their cooperation.

Mr McNamara gave special mention to Steve Warburton and Joel Sullivan for cooking a sausage sizzle as well as Jenny Lawrence.

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