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More than 60 children and adults have passed their first taekwondo grading in Campbeltown after learning the beginners’ steps from a former world and European champion.
After relocating from Glasgow to Campbeltown three months ago with his wife Yasmin and sons Sean and Finn, Sean Grady began teaching the Korean martial art through his own school, SG Taekwon-Do UK Highlands.
Sean, aged 29, is passionate about the combat sport which is characterised by punching and kicking techniques, having practised it since he was four and taught it for the last 15 years.
He believes taekwondo is not only beneficial as a self-defence mechanism, for which it was originally developed, but also for life skills in general with its five core values being courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit.
After announcing his plans to open his own school in Campbeltown, he was inundated with enquiries and soon began taking junior and adult classes on a weekly basis.
Last Friday, SG Taekwon-Do UK Highlands hosted a show to display the skills learned by the students, followed on Saturday by 62 children and adults passing their first grading with flying colours.
This means all students are now promoted from white belts to yellow tags, according to the taekwondo grading system.
Sean, 3rd degree, was joined on Saturday by his own instructor, David Condie, 6th degree, who travelled from West Lothian to assist with the grading.
‘David is one-of-a-kind,’ Sean said. ‘He was head coach of the Scotland taekwondo team that was selected to travel all over the world.’
Sean added that he was ‘so pleased and very proud’ of every student who passed their grading in Campbeltown.
He said: ‘In all my years of teaching, I have never seen so much talent in one area – there’s a few champions in the making!’