TaeKwonDo master judges gradings

WHEN members of the Australian Freestyle TaeKwonDo Academy were being graded on the weekend, it wasn't just an everyday Joe Bloggs that was running his eye over their form.

In fact, the man who decided whether those doing the tests would progress to the next level or belt was none other than the highest master of Australian freestyle TaeKwonDo John Callegari.

As the Academy students from the West High Street freestyle centre, run by Michael Landas, went through their paces in floor work, on the bag, contact sparring, kata and board breaking, Callegari ran his eagle eye over every move that they made.

“He [Callegari] likes to be the one that does them,” Landas explained.

“That way he knows that the judging will always be unbiased.”

Proof of how passionate about ensuring the judging is consistent across the length and breadth of the country was the fact that when he was finished on Saturday in Coffs Harbour, Callegari was moving further up the coast and then on to Queensland to do more assessments.

Landas added that the 26 students who were assessed on the weekend can only benefit from the experience of being marked by as well as talking to the most qualified person in the field that this country possesses.

Next time around more of the students at the Australian Freestyle TaeKwonDo Academy will be ready to see if they progress further up the martial arts ladder.



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