Facebook Twitter YouTube
 


Bookmark and Share

Essay Library

ITKD Essay LibraryWelcome to the International Taekwon-Do New Zealand Essay Library

This library contains a selection of the essays and theses written by Taekwon-Do black belts since 1990 as a requirement for their gradings.

Please feel free to share, but always credit ITFNZ as the source and please ask permission before re-publishing.

Check out the latest additions to the Essay Library listed under the year written in each category.

Recommended - Highly recommended by the Chief Examiner PDF - PDF Document Instructors Only - Instructors Only


Administration

2015:

How modern technology can assist learning Taekwon-Do, - Duane Meek
events, administration and management

Older essays

Managing the Books - Barbara Inglis
Taekwon-Do Club Structure Recommended Instructors Only - Kris Herbison
What makes for a successful Taekwon-Do Club - Gwyn Brown
Starting and running your own club


Demonstrations

Older essays

Performing Demonstrations - Daniel Jackson
SIBUM The Knowledge and Advantages of the Taekwon-Do Demonstration - Steve McQuillan
The Auckland Demonstration Team - Amanda Insull


Gradings

2017:

Black Belt Gradings - Abridged and updated version - May 2017

2014:

Climbing that mountain towards 3rd Degree - Sean Carver

2013:

A look at the other side (ITF WTF Grading comparison) - Sean Freeman

Call the Marshal - Brett Kimberley

Older essays

Are you ready for black??? - Glenis Gummer
Basic Hints for the White Belt Syllabus - Arthur Atutahi
Fitness Test - Evan Impson
How do Gradings Measure up? - Christine Young
ITFNZ Grading Syllabus Recommended Instructors Only - Neill Livingstone
Leaping the Hurdle - overcoming the transition from junior to senior - Anna Hall
Marshalling - An essential skill required by all ITFNZ Black Belts - Rebecca Doogan
Preparation for Black Belt Grading - Suzzane Main
Tips for Grading Preparation - Lousie Chan


General / Other

2015:

Dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome and Taekwon-Do - Juan de Dios Dougnac

2014:

What can we learn from National Taekwon-Do Norway? - Brice Valles

2012:

Technology in Taekwon-Do - Scott Sutherland

Is it ‘Party’ time for ITKD - Rana Moanaroa

2011:

Why International Taekwon-Do is the Martial Art of My Choice - Clint King
South Island Family Participation in Taekwon-Do
- Lorraine Eade
NCEA Level 3 Year 13 Physical education Instructors Only - Tim Couling

2009:

Community Development in Taekwon-Do - Chanthie Thach
Teenagers and Taekwon-Do - Melissa Timperley
White to Black in Black & White Instructors Only Recommended- Brett Kraiger

Older essays

Junior's Growth - Mark Trotter
ITFNZ - Past, Present And Future - Peter Graham
Improving ITFNZ for Juniors in Taekwon-Do - Mark Trotter
Japan International Taekwon-Do Federation - the history, management and training style - Kosuke Yamamoto
My Personal Journey with Martial Arts - John Matsuoka
Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu and beginning Taekwon-Do as a black belt - Devon Pittman
On Taekwon-Do in New Zealand and Community Service - Ben Wylie-van Eerd
The Laughing Policeman - Shaun Skedwell
Taekwon-Do as a stress relief, coping strategy - Rodney Thistoll
Taekwon Do, Me and the Thrill of a Challenge - Nikki Galpin
The Pressures of Taekwon-Do - Ross Campbell
Why People Join Taekwon-Do - Toni Moki
Without order there is only chaos - Duncan Head


Health & Fitness

2013:

Sleep - The most important part of training? - Angela Oliver

2012:

The Plank - Mitchell Leong

How Taekwon-Do can benefit those that may have a disability and building confidence - Kristy Leong

Why should Taekwon-Do practitioners be under Chiropractic care? - Courtney Meleisea

2011:

Concussion management by coaches of Taekwon-Do - Alex Couling

2010:

The Physical and Physiological Differences between Adults and Children - Richard Lavin
Adult ADHD1 and Taekwon-Do, a weakness or a strength– a personal viewpoint - Dennis Burns
The Importance of Proper Breathing in Taekwon-Do - Seida Scholl-Latour

2009:

Asthma - Considerations for the Instructor - Ian Leitch

Older essays

A Different View on Health and Performance for the TKD Practitioner - Cameron Snelling
Conditioning and Strength Training - Ross Campbell
Dehydration in Taekwon-Do - Grant Evans
Exercise Without Injury - Graeme Insull
Meditation for the Martial Artists - Stephen Pallant
Nothing Can be Compared to Good Health - Ian Campbell
Pain - Grant Evans
Stretch-Shorten Cycle - Russell Stuart
Taekwon-Do First Aid And Injury Management - Thu Thach
Yoga, flexibility and Taekwon-Do - Cameron Snelling


History/Theory

2014:

Functional Anatomy of Vital Spots in Martial Arts Instructors Only - Roman Scholl-Latour

An elaboration of Taekwon-Do Jungshin - Bjarne Morris
Based on cultural and historical interpretation

2012:

Eui-Am - James Simpson

2011:

Won-Hyo: Why the meaning of the pattern is not enough - Dane Canton
Taekwon-Do - A Broken Family? - David Lo

2010:

Taekwon-Do Patterns in the context of Korean History - Roman Scholl-Latour

Older essays

Admiral Yi Soon-Sin - Alisdair Hamblyn
A Plain English explanation of the ITF Student Oath (with help from Calvin and Hobbes) - Grant Eccles
History of Mt Albert Taekwon-Do 1998 - 2001 - Francis Fong
History of Southern Clubs - Kris Herbison
Korean Culture, An Overview - Mahesh Bhana
Reaction Force - Matthew Bates
Taekwon-Do in Literature - Haydn Cain
The Korean Language - Andrew Niven
Translation of the Chang Hon pattern set into Taekwon-Do terminology in Korean, including an English-Korean/Korean-English Taekwon-Do dictionary Recommended - Mark Banicevich
The History and Development of Taekwon-Do - Krishna Reddy
What the heck is Neo-Confucianism? - Sean Maguire


Instructing

2015:

Breaking Down a Sparring Drill - Chris Broughton

The application of the art through observing, practicing and teaching - Stepehen Martin

2014:

A Teaching Essay From A Different Perspective - Kishan Mystry

2013:

A club based Instructor Development Program - Chanthie Thach

A Framework for Building Quality Instruction - Sheryl Chase

2011:

Keeping Interest. To Help Reduce the loss of Students. - Kevin Cale
Recruitment and retention of students for Taekwon-Do clubs - Nicola Tse
What makes an Outstanding Instructor? - Greg Dyson

2010:

Instructing Taekwon-Do by way of Part Practice - Richard Rogers
The Life of an Instructor - Matt Davey

Older essays

Are we protected? - Lena Walton
Childrens' Motivation and Reward Programme Recommended - Brett Kraiger
Competency and Learning in Taekwon-Do - Brett Kraiger
Games your students will enjoy Instructors Only - Peter Chapman
Instructing a Class - James Rimmer
ITFNZ Techniques Handbook Expanded Instructors Only - George Konia
My Experience with Children and Taekwon-Do - Rose Cherrington
How Instructors Approach New Members Recommended - Gwyn Brown
Role Taekwon-Do Plays in Young Learners - Peter Laio
So You Want To Start A Club - Peter Graham
Significance of Social Interactions Among Club Members - Lawrence Mantjika
Teaching Terminology - an Integrated Approach - Shirley Pygott
Teaching the art of Self Defence - Ryan van Heerden
The Bond between Instructor and Student - Richard Iotua
Tips for Taekwon-Do Training and instruction - Terry Woods
Thoughts on Teaching Patterns - Royston Lim
Training Children - Arthur Atutahi
Understanding the ideals of being a better Teacher (Juniors) - Andrew Niven
Ways to make training more fun - Ian Walton
What Makes A Good Instructor - Haydn Cain


Marketing & Sponsorship

Older essays

Advertising Design and Taekwon-Do [excerpt only] - James Buchan
How to create a massive Taekwon-Do School Instructors Only - Hayden Breese
How to Raise Money for Taekwon-Do through Sponsorship Instructors Only - Carl Matthews
Marketing your Taekwon-Do Club Instructors Only - David Ballard
Maintaining a WebSite - Gray Patterson
Participation Motivation in ITFNZ Taekwon-Do Recommended - Hayden Breese
Retention of Taekwon-Do Students Instructors Only - Craig Evans
So, you want some money for your Taekwon-Do club Instructors Only - David Lo


Motivational

2015:

A Plan Changer - dealing with a major injury - Kara Timmer

2012:

Benefits of Growing up with Taekwon-do - Robert Meleisea

2010:

The story begins back in 1967 in Vietnam - Hung Nguyen

2009:

Taekwon-Do and the Mature Student - Sonya Robinson
Taekwon-Do, A Way of Life - Greg Christie

Older essays

A guide to getting from white to black Recommended - Hayden Breese
Mature Student's Journey in TKD - Florinda Petterson
Females in Taekwon-Do Recommended - Kirsten Lingstone
From one Black Belt to Another - Murray Smith
How did Taekwon-Do influence your life - Marlene Lee
Mind Power In Taekwon-Do Training - Ms Christine Young
My Pregnancy and Taekwon-Do - Kirsten Livingstone
My Story so far - Wayne Ebert
My Taekwon-Do Career - by Max Hana - Beryl Pimblott
Success and Taekwon-Do Recommended - Vince Pygott
Taekwon-Do as a "Way of Life" during the formative years - Anthea Markstein
Taekwon-Do Under Fire - Ali Gul Ali
The Mountains we Climb - Kane Raukura
The Psychology of Success - Sean Carver


Organising Events

Older essays

2012:

Planning & Organising a Taekwon-Do World Champs - Craig Hannah
(Financials removed)

Organising an ITFNZ Taekwon-Do Tournament Recommended - Mark Banicevich
Organising your first Seminar - Nathan McKendrick
ITFNZ Camp Toolkit Recommended - Melina Wilcox
Black Belt Grading - how to organise - Suzzie Ponting


Philosophy

2015:

An exploration of the ‘Do’ of Taekwon-Do - Richard Forder

2014:

Does Physical Ability matter?
Those testing for 5th & 6th dan in October 2014 were asked to write on the subject of physical availability - and it that really matters in Taekwon-Do. These are their essays.

Mark Trotter | Brendan Doogan | Simon Mallinson

2013:

Loyalty
Those testing for 5th & 6th dan in November 2013 were asked to write on the subject of loyality. These are their essays.

Ian Campbell | Peter Graham | Kevin Joe | John Matsuoka | Vince Pygott | Kane Raukura | Christine Young | Jake Pearson

2011:

Teaching the Do
Those testing for 5th and 6th dan in December 2011 were asked to write on the subject of the Do. These are their essays.
- Matthew Breen - Mark Banicevich - Lawrence Mantjika - Hayden Breese - Gwyn Brown

Living The Tenets - Florinda Petterson

Moral Culture - Louise Chan

Older essays

An Artistic Interpretation of the Patterns Recommended - Matthew Breen
Children - Attitudes and their life - Helen Kettings
"Do" in Taekwon-Do - Rene Kunz
I shall Build a More Peaceful World - Dave Ballard

Loyalty
Those testing for 4th and 5th dan in February 2007 were asked to write on the subject of loyality. These are their essays.
- Dave Ballard, Lawrence Mantjika, Ian Campbell, Shaun Tolley, Hayden Breese, Cameron Snelling, Mark Trotter and Gwyn Brown.


Philosophy and Principles of 3 Martial Arts - Suzanne Main
Societies View of a Martial Artist - A Personnel Approach - By Rodney Thistoll
The Juche idea - Beryl Pimblott
Juche & Ko-Dang - A brief History - Helen Miller
The Five Tenets - the soul of Taekwon-Do - Bob Markstein
Taekwon-Do : Sport, Art, Science or Philosophy? - Sandi Galpin
The Importance of Respect in Taekwon-Do - Jeremy Hanna
Sport or Martial Art - Christine Young
Sport vs Art - Toni Moki
The way - Neil Kettings


Self Defence

2014:

How to teach Ground Self-defence to 1st Degree Black Belts - Debbie Hart

2013:

Thoughts on Self Defence Training Recommended - Shaun Skedgwell

A Guide to Basic Stick Self Defence - Alois Vogt

Teaching Taekwon-Do in a club: It’s not just all-about the student - Hung Tri Nguyen
Club Instructor protocol for parents

Teaching children en masse - Sonya Robinson

Application and effectiveness of Taekwon-Do
in the face of modern combat techniques and styles - Tomonori Shibata

2011:

Adding Realism to Coloured Belt Self Defence Syllabus - Carl Robinson

2010:

Self Defence - Alois Vogt

2009:

Self Defence - What is it? - Mark Turner
Self Defence and Competition Sparring - Brett Kimberley

Older essays

Dallyon: Conditioning for Self Defence - Richard Lavin
A Guide to the ITFNZ Self Defence Syllabus Recommended - Chris Fitzgerald
Effective Self Defence - Graeme Insull
Taekwon-Do and the Law of New Zealand - Mark Banicevich
Taekwon-Do Patterns and Sparring as a Form of Self-Defence - Mark Hanna
Taekwon-Do Self Defence and the Law - Graeme Flemming
What Self Defence in the club doesn't teach you - Kane Raukura


Techniques

2014:

Trying to understand the concept of breath control and sine wave - Seida School-Latour

Power Required to Break Boards Recommended - Richard Burr

2013:

TKD Movement Fundamentals 101 - Nick Lee

Taekwon-Do and Movement - Shane Rogers

Intermediate Positions Recommended - Peter Gudsell

2012:

Quantitatively measuring power – Reaction Force, A pilot study - Ben Wylie-van Eerd
"...the result was that a punch with reaction force was, on average,
35% more powerful than a punch with no reaction force..."

2011:

Stances As performed in Patterns Chon-Ji to Choi-Yong - Darren Andrew

2010:

Complete Colour Belt Syllabus (18 meg) sample - Rose Cherrington
Name that Technique - Brendan Doogan
Quick Reference Guide for Patterns 10th Kup to 3rd Dan - Simon Mallinson

Older essays

A Discussion of Commonly Misunderstood and Misused Terminology - Matthew Breen
Biomechanics To Improve Taekwon-Do Technique - Danny Ward
Do You Want To Know A Secret? - Gary Campbell
Jumping Kicks - Daniel Russell
Kinematics and kinetics of the Taekwon-Do turning kick Recommended - Jake Pearson
Side kick Thesis - Ian Campbell
Strategies of Attack and Defence - Lawrence Mantijika
Taekwon-Do Breaking - Mike Horsfall
The Power of One - Greg Dyson


Tournaments

2015:

Getting in the Ring - Phil Webb

2014:

Umpiring Courses - An alternative approach - Richard Rodgers
for conducting iTKD C grade courses

Exploring Methods of Maximising Tournament - Carl Robinson
Participation and Ring Experience Within the New Zealand Setting

2013:

Reflection as an Athlete: A Journey to the Top Isn’t Easy - Luke Thompson

Older essays

Beginner's guide to tournaments - Darren Andrews
Competition Power Breaking - Rene Kunz
Compento del Mundo - Ry Goldsmith
Guide for Umpires - Darren Ward
How to Coach a Winning Team - Grant Eccles
My Experience of the National Tournament 2003 in Dunedin - Jonathon Ormsby
My Growing Concern - Dan Jackson
My thoughts on the World Champs - Lawrence Mantjika
Patterns for Tournaments - Thu Thach
Psychological Skills Training for Taekwon-Do Competition - Jake Pearson
Success of International Competition - Darren Ward
Tips for the Novice Coach - Duncan Head
Tournament Sparring - Shane Eade
Tournament Sparring for the Beginner - Shaun Tolley
Tournament Sparring Profiles - Chris Fitzgerald
Training for an ITF World Champs and what to expect - Mark Trotter
Training for an Overseas Event - Gemma Walton
Umpires Sparring Manual - Bruce Harrison
Why some Countries did better at World Champs - Daniel Kerr


Training

2013:

Tul or not to tul - what’s the point of patterns? - Helen Caley

2011:

Exercises for Everyone Instructors Only - Peter Chapman

2009:

Mental Motivation - Dean Jenkins

Older essays

Basic Foot Destructions - Jeanette Joe
Balancing to Perfection - Gwyn Brown
Circle of Composition of Taekwon-Do - Matthew Allan
Plyometrics - Michael Muleta
The Physiological Effects of High Altitude on the Human Body - Grant Eccles
The not so secret training methods of John Matsuoka - John Matsuoka
Training For Your Black Belt - Student Guide - Mahesh Bhana
Training Methods for Improved Jumping Performance in Taekwon-Do - Cameron Snelling
Warming Up And Warming Down - Shau Lai




International Taekwon-Do Federation
Members Home | About | Events | HP | News Archives | Reference
Contact Us  Sponsors Merchandise Governance  Sign In 
Terms & Conditions : Privacy : © 1996 - 2017 International Taekwon-Do Foundation of New Zealand. Please do not re-publish material without permission.