Black belt reaches decade teaching
FIFTH-DAN black belt Kris Richardson has taught thousands of Bundaberg North State High students the way of the warrior.
The Tae Kwon-do instructor yesterday celebrated a decade of teaching students the basics of self-defence and the philosophy underpinning the martial art.
While Mr Richardson teaches the children how to fend off attackers and conduct themselves in physical altercations, he said the best tools in self defence were a smooth tongue and a pair of running shoes.
“We teach people to defend themselves, but we also teach them to only use what they have learnt as a last resort,” he said.
Mr Richardson said the teachings of Tae Kwon-do had a knack for improving self confidence in shy students and knocking boisterous troublemakers down a peg.
“Some kids might call you Mr Pyjamas or something, but they usually learn to respect the art and respect you,” he said.
“Similarly, it can really bring shy kids out of their shells and give them something to be proud of.
“Tae Kwon-do is as much about self improvement as it is about self defence.”