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Meet the Mentors

As part of the training for students we have in place a mentoring system.  This basically means that, when a new student starts they are allocated a mentor to work with them for the first 8 lessons. This mentor is responsible for making sure that you have learnt the basics which are required for your first grading.  They are also there to help and support you in your first weeks of training while you are finding your feet at the club.

Not all students become mentors.  Only those who can pass on their own knowledge and skills, are polite but strong of character are asked to become a mentor.  Below are details of the mentors we currently have.

Hi my name is Abigail and I have been doing Taekwondo for just over 2 years now, I started Taekwondo to learn something new and keep fit at the same time. In the time I have been doing Taekwondo I have learnt a lot about martial arts and have got my green belt and am now working towards my blue tag. I have also made a lot of new friends here.
To me being a mentor means I have to take on a lot of responsibility and help other people a lot and encourage them to take part.

My name is Courtney. I started taekwondo to build up my confidence and to make new friends. I found it a great way of keeping fit and exercising, I have been doing taekwondo for about 3 years now, in that time I have progressed from knowing nothing about martial arts to knowing enough to get me up to a blue tag, and I am currently working towards my blue belt. My greatest achievement whilst doing Tae Kwon Do is taking part in competitions I have participated in 3 competitions and recently achieved gold for my division at the UK All Styles Northern Championships.
Being a mentor for me means that i have got to take on a lot of responsibility and even referee training. I have greater confidence now thanks to my training and encouragement of my friends, I have also been encouraging them to take part as well and learn new skills.

Hi, My name is Jorja. I started Taekwondo when my friend had recommended it. I knew that it would be a fun way of keeping fit. I was also interested to join because I knew I would learn some self defence which would benefit me if I were ever in a dangerous situation. I have been attending now for about three years, once a week. During this time, I have been completing gradings, which has got me where I am now.I have made lots of new mates and am now a mentor. I mentor my mum who joined the club recently. Being a mentor has boosted my confidence and self esteem. The best part of being a mentor is telling everyone what to do, which gives me extra responsibility.

Hi, my name is Olivia. I started Taekwondo to help keep me fit and healthy. I started Taekwondo in primary and then came to Forest Cottage because I wanted to go further with the sport. I have made loads of amazing new friends that I would have never known if it wasn’t for starting at Forest Cottage. I think I have been doing Taekwondo for roughly 4 years in total, or maybe more. Taekwondo has really helped boost my confidence as I wasn’t as loud as I am now, and it makes me feel happy knowing I could defend myself in a serious situation. My teacher, Neil, is great and finds great ways to help us learn things quicker and easier.
Recently I became a mentor and I think this will help me in the future, and I feel good knowing that I can help others who were once like me. I try to find ways to make the students I teach happy, and make their learning easier for them.

My name is Zach. I started Taekwondo 4 years ago to get confidence and be able to defend myself from either robbers or murderess. I started because I really like ninja, Kung fu and karate films. So I decided to do some of the karate moves and then my dad said I know two guys who does beavers or Taekwondo. So I replied back Can I do Taekwondo please? And then at that same night I got told that dad had got me a place at Taekwondo. So I started my Korea.
I’m now a mentor. I really enjoy doing this because it means I can help starters just like I did when I first started.