By Andrew Thickins
Leader of Wellbeing
Over the past six weeks, our school has witnessed a remarkable journey as students delved into the world of martial arts and self-defence. This immersive program aimed not only to introduce various aspects of martial arts but also to instil discipline, focus, and self-confidence in participating students.
The program encompassed a diverse range of martial arts facets, including the graceful and meditative Tai Chi and standing meditation. Students also engaged in push-hand drills, learning the importance of balance, control, and responsiveness in martial arts.
From the powerful karate blocks to mastering punches and kicks, students honed their techniques and developed a deeper understanding of their bodies’ capabilities. They dived into the intricate world of karate blocking and countering, refining their defensive strategies.
The journey continued with Kata applications and partner drills, allowing students to synchronize movements and understand the practical applications of these martial arts forms. Moreover, they explored essential self-defence principles, empowering them with knowledge on protecting themselves in real-life situations.
As the program reached its culmination, the students showcased their newfound skills by participating in the thrilling art of board breaking. This final act encapsulated their dedication and growth throughout the six weeks, demonstrating their resilience and determination to overcome challenges.
Beyond learning the physical aspects, this experience has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on these students. They have imbibed valuable life lessons of discipline, respect, perseverance, and the importance of self-improvement through their martial arts journey.
The impact of this program extends far beyond the confines of the mat. It has equipped these students with a newfound sense of confidence, enabling them to face challenges both within and outside the realm of martial arts.
In conclusion, the Martial Arts and Self-Defence program has not only exposed our students to various forms of martial arts but has also cultivated qualities that will serve them well in all facets of their lives. We applaud their dedication and commend the instructors for their guidance and expertise throughout this transformative journey.