Jennifer Treasure's Profile
I started Tae Kwon Do in Singapore in 1970 whilst serving with the British Royal Air Force, at a time when Tae Kwon Do was unheard of within Europe, and have trained with several Tae Kwon Do organisations in the UK, notably the ITF, UKTA and TAGB. I have been training and following the UTI Netherlands syllabus for the last 15 years, which focuses on special techniques for high grade martial artists.
Whilst I do like my students to conduct themselves in a disciplined way in the Tae Kwon Do training hall, I don’t expect students to be excessively disciplined so that they cannot enjoy and learn Tae Kwon Do techniques.
We now have to take modernity into account in teaching and getting members into our clubs whilst preserving the traditional standards of Tae Kwon Do. We must encourage our students to question and develop their own thinking. My approach is both technical and family orientated, where everyone can participate and develop at their own pace and learn something new.
It was quite a challenge to develop a first rate club in Brussels, due to the transient nature of that city and cultural differences, but I had many dedicated students that were with me for many years not months, starting at 8 years of age and moving on at 17 years. Some have moved on and opened their own clubs.
I have a club Handbook containing an overview of the syllabus and rules of the club.
I have also provided references for young students that have undertaken The Duke of Edinburgh Award in Brussels and chosen Tae Kwon Do as one of the activities and schools have invited me to teach after school activities – any well run martial art is accepted as a beneficial study in Europe. BUT It’s not a quick self-defence course, it requires personal commitment over a realistic timeframe.
“My sparring partners…” They normally win!!