Taekidokai Martial Arts

19:40, Oct 24 2012
DRILL SERGEANT: Teacher Emily Thom watches over the children running drills in training.
DRILL SERGEANT: Teacher Emily Thom watches over the children running drills in training.
KICK OFF: Marie and Emily Thom train together.
KICK OFF: Marie and Emily Thom train together.
CRUNCH TIME: The children line up and help each other with crunches.
CRUNCH TIME: The children line up and help each other with crunches.
KARATE KID: Adi Darole channels the famous crane move of the original karate kid.
KARATE KID: Adi Darole channels the famous crane move of the original karate kid.
SUCKER PUNCH: Dane Carter throws himself into a punch.
SUCKER PUNCH: Dane Carter throws himself into a punch.
GAME FACE: The training pad doesn’t stand a chance as Jeffery Zhu steps up to the plate.
GAME FACE: The training pad doesn’t stand a chance as Jeffery Zhu steps up to the plate.

Taekidokai Martial Arts classes for children 5 to 12, teens and adults offer fitness, confidence and self-defence skills withoutworrying about the competition. The sport, exclusive to Australasia, is a mix of martial-arts styles and seems to be taking off in

Hamilton, with classes available in six locations around the city. Waikato Times photographer Mark Taylor went along to a training night at Rototuna Primary School to get a look at the action.

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