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Jane's Journey to Second Degree Black Belt (and Beyond!)

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

This is Jane from our Coulsdon / Caterham location. We hope her story will inspire you: How long have you been training? Between 5 and 6 years I think. I was 44 when I started and am 49 now. I wish I had discovered martial arts 40 years ago. But I am glad I did find it eventually and I am proof that it is never too late to start. What is your favourite part? Where to start? There are so many aspects to the training that I enjoy....the patterns, the set sparring and sparring drills, the self defence, the technical theory. It is an all round workout for my body and brain: it helps me with my fitness, my flexibility,…

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Fleur's Taekwon-Do Story

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

I was aged four years and five months when I first put on a dobok. Having watched my big brother learn Taekwon-Do, I thought that it looked interesting and fun and I couldn't wait to be old enough to join in. On my very first lesson with Mr Simmonds, I remember feeling very nervous I was absolutely terrified of everything; the other students and all the other things in the dojang and even my instructor. He was very kind and funny and encouraged me to try the moves. I finally got used to it and enjoyed going every week. While I have been doing Taekwon-Do, I have had one main instructor - Mr Simmonds, and lots of really…

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Benefit of Taekwon-Do Training with Fortitude Academy

Friday, May 19th, 2017

This is Marijan Rogic and his daughter Imani both students from our Oxted location. Marijan is 46 yrs and has been training with us for 2yrs. He says "Taekwon Do has an amazing effect on my physical wellbeing. My strength and flexibility improved. It feels like I have a new body. I enjoy sparring and to have the feeling of constant achievement while progressing through the grades". We asked Marijan if he would recommend Fortitude? His reply "I strongly recommend Fortitude for all ages. My instructor has rich experience adjusting the style and challenge of excercises to a variety of age groups". We also asked what he would say to anyone who was thinking of starting? his reply…

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Families that kick together, stick together!

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Sharing a common goal When a child begins to learn a Martial Art, the idea has normally come from either mum or dad. They envisage their son or daughter learning about discipline, respect, how to deal with bullies and of course, it's a regular opportunity to burn off some of that excess energy! But - did you know that learning a Martial Art can offer so much more to every member of the family? Fortitude Academy isn't just for the kids, it's for you, the parents too... "Oh, but I'm too old"! "I'm not fit enough" "I've never done anything like this before" So, when you hear your children say: "I don't want to train tonight" "I've got homework" (most likely) "I'm too tired from school" QUESTION - "Do you…

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