02 Nov Our Experience of The Jason Rodd Academy
Joseph (9) and Ben (7) first experienced TKD whilst living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The TKD club they attended followed the WF TKD curriculum and albeit it gave them a good foundation and interest in the sport we, as parents, felt that the belt gradings were ‘gifted’ far too quickly and rarely was a grading event failed. The club lacked class discipline and not enough attention was given to the specific techniques of each pattern and the priority was to fast-track to the next belt grade. Following a return to the UK they joined the Jason Rodd Academy in May of 2011 and transferred to the TKD GB technique. Following an initial assessment by Jason both the boys were re-graded to a lower belt which were considered more representative of the techniques and level that they demonstrated. Aware that the patterns followed in both styles are somewhat different Jason explained this re-grading requirement to both Joseph and Ben and removed any disappointment they may have had through positive dialogue and appreciation of what they could and would achieve. The Jason Rodd TKD Academy has proven to be a welcoming and friendly environment in which to learn the sport of TKD. Jason and his fellow coaches provide a well disciplined arena in which the skills and techniques are well taught and clearly demonstrated both collectively and individually as required. Classroom instruction is further supplemented through other media such as video and special events throughout the year such as weekend and specialist coaching events are organised and offered. The discipline within the Dojang is both well balanced and executed in that it is strict and the boundaries are well explained and defined without being extreme and yet maintaining a fun environment to nurture learning. As parents we feel that the discipline is at the correct level and is maintained consistently week to week. Safety is taken seriously and is well explained to both the students and parents alike with advice given with regards to the equipment required. It is clearly explained and adhered to that progression requires personal safety equipment (Sparring Equipment) and failure to wear the required equipment will result in non-participation. Joseph and Ben enjoy the sport immensely and are never reluctant to attend their twice weekly coaching which speaks volumes of Jason’s academy and his commitment to provide a centre of excellence that supports all the fundamental values of TKD GB. Well done and thank you Jason and all the coaches!