MEET THE BLACK BELTS
1st Kup Black Stripe
My name is Amy Garland, I'm 15 and have been doing Taekwon-Do with Sam Donohoo since 2014, I'm a black stripe. I started Taekwon-Do out of curiosity, to make new friends and to build my confidence. I now do Taekwon-Do to keep fit and stay in touch with the friends I've made. I want to keep learning and hope to gain my black belt soon.
From the instructor: Amy is a hard worker, always putting 100% into new patterns and techniques. Her confidence has grown massively as she has grown up which is shown through her friendship groups and her 'witty personality' in group activities. She was one of my original students when I started teaching in Stalbridge and nothing would make me happier than to see her achieve black belt status in the near future. I also think she would make a great instructor one day. Amy's Taekwon-Do journey has been tough but she has persevered and become stronger because of it.
1st Degree Black Belt
Hi! I'm Ella Nicoli-Horne. I became a black belt in May 2019 after four years of training with Mr Donohoo. Taekwon-Do came into my life when I was 15 and through my exams it was the best way to channel my energy and take a break from studying, helping me mentally and physically. I think the best way to describe my Taekwon-Do journey is through the tenet "Perseverance". Through the ups and downs I have faced whilst training and my journey to become black belt, I have never given up. Without Taekwon-Do in my life I don't think I'd be as confident or strong as I feel now. I always feel as though there is more to learn and i can set myself new goals every time I train.
From the Instructor: Ella is a great student and role model to her fellow students. She has grown up and matured with Taekwon-Do and keeps the tenets close to her. She has some impressive kicks (powerful and flexible) which were spotted at white belt when she first began training by her first instructor Andy Dobbs. She's a real character in class, sets high standards for herself and never fails to make a new friend in a new class.
5th Degree Head Instructor