Top tae kwon do move

RHEE tae kwon do students now have some breathing space with lessons moving to a new facility.

Gladstone branch instructor Steven Cragg said that the group had been in training in the Port Curtis Senior Citizen's Hall since 1989 but have recently obtained the use of the Toolooa State High School Multipurpose Shelter for the class.

Cragg said that it would be around five times larger than the old hall.

"This will allow us to have large classes, incorporate more fitness into the training, and generally just have a bit more fun," he said.

Cragg who took over the Gladstone branch in February 2009 said that they had a problem of slowly getting more students and then being too cramped so it put people off staying involved.

With the additional space at their disposal, he hopes that will mean more students and is hoping to get a large crowd at Monday's class between 5.30pm and 7pm at the facility on Philip St.

The classes encourage fitness, confidence and self-defence and are open to all ages with beginners welcome anytime.

"It's surprising how well the kids and adults can be in the same class," Cragg said.

Grading occurs every three months and every second grading 8th degree World Master Chong Chul Rhee comes to the area to do the gradings.

He is the founder of tae kwon do in Australia and he hand picks his instructors Australia-wide as well as in New Zealand and other countries.

So if you want to improve your fitness and meet new friends head down to Toolooa on Monday or Wednesday and see if this sport is for you.

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