Vernon, BC, March 19, 2018– Taekwon-Do practitioners from all over British Columbia and Alberta descended on Sundance Taekwon-Do in Vernon to train with one of the most highly rated competitors of an entire generation.  Carl van Roon is an 11-time World Champion in International Taekwon-Do Federation competition.  He is a prominent member and coach of the New Zealand national team and trains athletes in several martial arts disciplines. His martial arts experience is extensive holding different black belt ranks in ITF Taekwon-Do, Olympic Taekwondo and Karate. He is well known throughout the world for his dynamic kicking abilities and footwork. The 34 year old form Auckland is also a sport scientist with a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science, specializing in mindset coaching and  a post-graduate diploma in exercise rehabilitation. He uses this education an applies the concepts to martial arts allowing students to truly understand the mechanics of movement and the mindset of combat sports.

“This was such a great opportunity for our students to train with such a highly skilled athlete and coach. The atmosphere and the material were absolutely inspiring.” – David White, Sundance Taekwon-Do

This was a rare opportunity for 17 colour belts and 30 black belts to train with one of the most decorated ITF Taekwon-Do practitioners in the world today. He only made 4 stops on his Canadian tour with the others being in Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City. The seminar, which consisted of 6 sessions over two full days, covered everything from basic to advanced footwork, dynamic kicking, special technique (flying kicks), self defense applications and mobility for better kicking. Students were able to gain valuable insight into what it takes to rise to the top of your dedicated sport. Athletes as young as 10 years old were in attendance for this dynamic and inspiring weekend of training. Several of the athletes and coaches in attendance are members of the Canadian National Team and will be utilizing some of their new skills to better prepare for the upcoming World Cup in Sydney, Australia this fall.

“Coaching at Sundance Martial Arts in Vernon was an absolute pleasure. Mr. David White and his team are a force to be reckoned with in the Pacific North West. They are gaining momentum as the innovators in the martial arts community here and I was impressed with the depth and quality of talent that was attracted to the event too; with a combination of world class Taekwon-Do Masters, Canadian National team members, local coaches and up and coming talent from British Columbia and Alberta.” – Carl van Roon

Sundance Taekwon-Do and its members are looking forward to several upcoming events including the 2018 CTFI Westerns in Regina and the BC Championships in Prince George. Sundance also expects to have members competing in the upcoming International Taekwon-Do World Cup this September in Sydney, Australia.  Those who would like more information about Taekwon-Do can go to www.sundancemartialarts.com or call 250-306-2285. Classes are now forming for all ages and experience levels.