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States 2013

SALAMANDER Bay siblings Jasmine, 10, Ryan, 8, and Flynn Donaldson, 6, all returned home from their first taekwondo tournament with medals around their necks.

The students of master Ronald Bergan's Him-Do Tae Kwon Do Academy competed in a state title event held in Sydney.

It was their first tournament following more than a year of training and the siblings, all yellow belts in taekwondo, did well in poomsae and sparring.

Jasmine and Ryan took away gold in the team poomsae and sibling poomsae events. Ryan and Flynn individually competed in sparring, taking home a bronze and silver medal respectively.

The children's mother, Eileen Donaldson, said it was a big day, leaving for Sydney at 5am and returning home at 3.30pm.

"For their first tournament they did fantastic," she said.


Newcastle Competition 2013

Congratulations to Team Him Do representing the club at the Universal Taekwondo Competition in Newcastle in July 2013.

It was Marcus first competition who won Gold in Sparring & Silver in Technical breaking, Matthew won Gold in Team Poomsae, Sparring, Individual Poomsae & Silver in Technical Breaking. Ayla won gold in Team Poomsae & Silver in Individual Poomsae, and Peter won Gold in Team Poomsae & Individual Poomsae & Silver in Technical breaking.

Forster Championship 2013

Well done to Team Him Do who competed in the Forster Championship 2013- bringing home 15 medals in total of 15 events participated in. This was a great beginners competition with many of the competitors from Team Him Do competing in their first ever competition.

Congratulations to Imogen winning Gold in Sparring & in technical breaking, Jordan winning Gold in Creative Poomsae & Silver in Sparring & Technical breaking, Terry winning Gold in Technical Breaking, Self defence & Individual Poomsae, Warren winning Gold in Sparring & Technical Breaking, Matthew winning Gold in Breaking, Ayla winning Gold in Individual Poomsae, Peter winning Silver in Individual Poomsae & Self Defence & Liz winning Bronze in Individual Poomsae.

NSW State Championships Dec 2012

Well done to Team Him Do who competed in the NSW State Championships in Dec 2012- bringing home 8 medals in total of 8 events- all Gold & Silver.

Congratulations to Matthew who recieved Gold in Individual Poomsae, Rory recieved Gold in Individual Poomsae, Silver in Sparring and Gold in Team Poomsae with Elliot, Elliot also recieved silver in Sparring and Individual Poomsae. Head Instructor Ronald Bergan brought home gold in Power Breaking. Go Team Him Do!!

Pan Pacific Master Games 2012

Him Do Taekwondo Academy was represented at the Pan Pacific Master Games held in Queensland over nine days in November 2012. The Pan Pacific event, featuring 20 nations and more than 12,000 competitors across a range of sports, is one of the premier events on the masters calendar.

Ronald Bergan and Elizabeth Dederer, returned from the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast last week with suitcases, weighed down by the 13 medals the pair won between them at the tournament, competing in events such as technical breaking, power breaking, and team patterns, among others.

Ronald took out three gold, two silver and three bronzes, while Elizabeth won two gold, a silver and two bronze.

AAKTA Spring Open Championships

Him Do was representated at AAKTA Spring Open Championships in Sydney in October 2012. Ron & Liz gold in team poomsae, Rory & Elliot gold in team poomsae and Rory gold in sparring.

Grand Opening

The Official Opening of the Him-Do Tae Kwon Do Academy Dojang in Salamander Bay was on the 24th July 2011. Head Instructor and Principle Ronald Bergan had a dream to create a State of the Art Dojang/training studio. After years of Planning, this dream took just 6 months to complete creating the first ever Port Stephens Martial Arts Studio.

Around 60 people including Students, Family and Friends along with Sponsors and the General Public came together to officially open the Studio. The special day was marked with Tae Kwon Do Demonstrations by students, an Aussie BBQ along with a Raffle.studio opening students picture

Tae Kwon Do literal means the following: Tae: to kick with the foot Kwon: destroy with the fist Do: the art or the way. And that is what Ronald Bergan is hoping to create, 'A way of life'; by teaching all ages the confidence and skills needed to defend yourself, gain fitness and skill along with learning official Patterns, Kicks, Sparring, Weapon and Self defence. Ronald Bergan along with his class of Students compete in championships across the country, and now with a State of Art Studio available for training he hopes to allow more advanced training and mentoring along the way.

Head Instructor and Principle Ronald Bergan hopes to grow and expand his academy and invites all that are interested in joining and training in Traditional Korean and Olympic Tournament Styles to contact him. He offers the first training session free, and allows students to train four nights a week for one monthly fee, as well as offering family discounts and creating an option for private lesson and mentoring.

Ronald Bergan would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in turning his dream into reality. From the friends and tradies who took part in building the studio, to the companies who supported him throughout the process, his dream would not have occurred without your assistance. A special thanks to the businesses (One Mile Beach Holiday Park, Moonshadow Cruises, Adventure 4wd tours, Oceanic Restaurant and Lil' Buddha Asian Cuisine) who donated generous gifts for the Official Opening Raffle. To the ones who attended the Official Opening Ronald Bergan cannot thank you enough for coming to share this milestone with him.

Social Aspects of Tae Kwon Do

In Contemporary Taekwondo training, the traditional precepts of modesty, patience and charity are maintained. Through proper training, self-discipline and determination are developed and with the acquisitions of technical and physical skills, confidence is developed. All these qualities from the foundation of a sound and moral character; possessing them, a person can be in control in a threatening situation and avoid reaction with unnecessary use of force. Self-esteem enables a person to behave calmly, modestly and charitably. An insecure person, on the other hand, suffering from feelings of inferiority or inadequacy, is far less equipped to cope rationally with difficult situations. In this way, taekwondo is able to contribute not only to one's physical development, but also to one's social and emotional development.

Martial Arts & Children

What Is Martial Arts?

Martial Arts- 'a collective term for grouping fighting disciplines from the Orient'- Martial Arts not only provides an outlet for excess energy for all ages, but has the ability to develop self-confidence, respect and integrity, whilst learning the skills to protect themselves.

A majority of Martial Arts taught in today's society are methods of self-defence and, ultimately directed towards avoiding conflict through self-control, self-discipline and improving self-confidence. Many kids may think that classes are an opportunity to learn how to 'kick butt', but it is the quiet opposite!

Ronald Bergan, business owner and Head Instructor in Port Stephens, holds a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He aims to teach all ages whilst one learns how to respect themselves and others, whilst shaping themselves into being good citizens.


Martial arts comprise of a number of styles, and the list grows longer each year as new styles are developed. Developed in Korea, Japan and China each martial art name has a name that is significant to its history, development and objectives.

All Martial Art Styles aim to teach mind-body disciplines, therefore when choosing the best one for your child; one must consider the physical aspects of each. There are six categories generally considered best for your child, these are Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido and Kung Fu.

Tae Kwon Do developed in Korea and name translated means "the way of the foot and fist" This style relies heavily on striking and fancy footwork to keep opponents at a distance it is also famous for its high kicks. Tae Kwon Do became a National sport in 1955 and is now the world's most popular martial art in 186 nations to date it officially became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. If your child has a competitive nature, Tae kwon Do may be the sport you are looking for.


Deciding if your child is old enough to begin martial arts, can be determined by three simple things, if their attention span is well developed, know the difference between right and left, and can stand on one foot. At Him Do Tae Kwon Do Academy, classes start at 4yrs, but determining if your child is ready all comes down to an individual's development. Junior Classes offer basic skills such as co-ordination, motor skills and how to follow directions.


Martial Arts draw mainly on development of technique rather than power; therefore it is a great sport for both genders rather than a singular gender.

Kids with special needs:

Martial Arts have the opportunity to strengthen all of your child's body parts, including the most important part, the mind. Therefore children with special needs, including ADD/ADHD, martial arts are for them. Through controlled skill, technique and discipline, the mind and body of one child can be guided and developed to help with the short attention span of today's children. Tae Kwon Do and other styles martial arts schools are structured acting as a great stabilizing influence on all ages.


How do you choose a Martial Arts school that is right for your child? Like anything else, one must do some research, ask questions and visit schools convenient located around your home, seek one that offers the right training program, time and price.

How do you feel about entrusting your child to the instructor? Learning about the instructor's qualification and the school's development can help you to develop this trust. Visiting a school and watching how the instructor works with the children, talking to other parents and students and asking relevant questions allows you to find the appropriate instructor. You are looking for instructors with plenty of patience. Do the other students pay attention when he or she speaks? Does the instructor seem to have control over the group? Ask how the instructor addresses self-control, conflict resolution and issues in respect with children. You need to make sure that the school offers good safety precautions, space and equipment. The classroom should be clean and well maintained with a smooth flat floor and adequate padding for kids.

Price of Instruction: Martial arts schools rarely advertise their price for instruction in the phone book or in the local papers. Training fees varies from a monthly, yearly basis or even per class or week. In some cases, family package deals are offered. There are instructors who charge as little as $50.00 per month, and others that will charge this or higher for just one lesson. After a bit of research you will be able to determine what a fair is and manageable price is for yourself.


We all know the saying "Let the Buyer Beware", and this is just as important when choosing a sport for your child. After research, consider the below points when making your decision about choosing martial arts for your child:

Karate- originates from Okinawa, Japan and means "empty hand". A sport that focuses on a lot of punching, blocking, throwing and kicking, karate stresses defensive moves with the use of weapons.

Judo- originates from Japan, judo emphasizes on wrestling-type movements, placing great emphasis on moral and mental development through competition. Much like wrestling, points are assigned to competitors based on the successful execution of techniques, pins and opponent control this style is in the Olympic sport. Judo is a very physical sport.

Jujitsu- originates from Brazil and means "compliant art" a well -rounded style that features lots of sparring and weapons training, jujitsu is one of the oldest styles of martial arts.

Aikido- originates from Japan and means "way of harmony". This style uses an attacker's movements against him. This deeply spiritual style strives to teach how to disable the attacker without causing him serious injury.

Kung Fu- originates from China and means "well done". Kung Fu is a generic term for hundreds of Chinese fighting arts.

MMA- Mixed Martial Arts Is a modern martial arts that has evolved from a combination of all the arts and heavily transformed into "cage fighting", as an Instructor and parent I do not recommend this sport for children to partake or observe.


An alternative to team sport: Martial Arts provides a way for a child to be a competitor without the aspect of being involved in a team sport like soccer, league or netball. They will develop not only physical skills, but also mental development in terms of concentration and memory.

Safer than other activities: Studies have shown that participation in a well- run martial arts school is far safer than most other physical activity your child is likely to be involved in. Children are always showing up for class with injuries they've gotten in another sport.

Confidence Builders: Some kids begin martial Arts with self-confidence problems, because they are small and fragile or being bullied, they quickly begin to look and feel more confident with themselves through the development of this sport. Martial Arts training can even be an introduction to good manners, respect and lifelong skills.

Working out the aggression: another advantage of the martial arts disciplines, according to instructors, is that they discourage aggressive behavior outside of class. Children who "bully" others often have self-esteem issues, martial arts aims to help strengthen self- confidence and respect.


Instructor/school credentials: it is easy to purchase a "black belt" from any martial arts store. When you consider that, credentials of an instructor and the school are very important, a phone call to the appropriate headquarters of the style of martial arts will verify the instructor's rank and background also relevant questions regarding the martial art school insurance should be answered.

It is true that practicing martial arts can help the most aggressive child; it is most important to note that some schools, however, are less effective than others at emphasizing the importance of self- discipline and respect for your opponents, so parents should talk with the potential instructors and observe classes to see how aggression is handled.

Lastly, as in any sport, the most dangerous children are the ones who have not learn't how to control their bodies and their minds and acceptance of rules in society. These things will come with good instruction and discipline through guidance, protective padding and instructors supervisions is heavily required throughout martial arts especially when partaking in sparring.

Good Luck to all those who try Martial Arts because it has the ability to change your life.

For more information

Phone 0438450835

Your sincerely

Ronald Bergan

Head Instructor- Him-Do Tae Kwon Do Academy

Tae Kwon Do & Self Defence

Many students ask if they would be allowed to use their knowledge of taekwondo to protect themselves if attacked. Surely there should be no confusion over this - it is a matter of common sense. Take, for instance, the situation where one has no knowledge of taekwondo, but is carrying an umbrella. If provocation was slight and one over-reacted, injuring the other person, it would obviously be unjustifiable and wrong. On the other hand, if the provocation presented a definite physical threat, some action is warranted and in fact, to hesitate to use the means at one's disposal, to the degree necessary to protect oneself, would be extremely foolish.

Naturally, much depends on the nature of the attack and the relative threat posed to the victim. An attack on one person by another of similar strength and build demands a relatively small reaction on the part of the person being attacked. However, if the circumstances of the attack are such that one is placed at a distinct physical disadvantage, because of the size or number of one's attacker or attackers, the reaction needs to be much greater in order to defend oneself.

In the first instance, cited above, the knowledge of taekwondo enables one to defend oneself with minimal injury to ones attacker. In the second instance, in order to defend oneself, an effective counter-attack must be used. Depending on the degree of violence of the attack, the recipient is forced to injure the assailant to the extent necessary to control the attack. So when we examine these situations, we can see that taekwondo can actually reduce the amount of physical violence – in the first case, that of the victim on the assailant and in the second, that suffered by the victim.

It should be mentioned that knowledge of self-defence techniques is not enough by itself. The principle of counter-attack (as opposed to attack), sense of timing, balance, speed, coordination, reflexes and general physical fitness are all vital and these are developed to their utmost by rigorous taekwondo training.

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