Michael also took up taekwondo when he was 14 after being inspired by the Bruce Lee phenomena.Michael has been at Pace Taekwondo since 2000. Prior to this he was an assistant instructor with Grandmaster Young Youl Oh and has taught Taekwondo to adults at CAE and trained Army Reservists. His teaching philosophy is to always be encouraging; acknowledging his students’ good work rather than focusing on negatives. He believes that Taekwondo can give children self-confidence and show them that they can achieve great results through perseverance.
Personal setbacks have not hindered Michael's quest for excellence in taekwondo. When he was 17 and an apprentice carpenter, he lost the sight in one eye as a result of a workplace accident and was told that he would never do Taekwondo or carpentry again. Not only did he return to carpentry, he also learned to fight all over again and went on to win gold, silver and bronze medals in club and State competitions. In 1995, Michael also shattered his femur in a rock climbing accident. Again he was told that he would not be able to return to taekwondo but, after 14 months of rehabilitation, he returned to training where he rebuilt his strength and skills.
Michael has also endeavoured to build on his Taekwondo skills by studying Shonan Aikido and Aikido Shudokan. He is an accredited builder and holds a Diploma of Engineering.
Michael was graded to 6th Dan in July 2013 by Grandmaster Young Youl Oh, 9th Dan.
Here are testimonials from a couple of our junior students and a wonderful drawing of Michael by Amy:
Verino first became drawn to Taekwondo as a youngster in 1975 when his bones were elastic and his moves were nimble and quick. Rain, hail or shine he would walk or run miles to get to classes and as a result he became extremely fit.
After some years away from Taekwondo, he returned in 1996 having been inspired by his two children who at the time were barely school age. To encourage his children, Verino went back to basics and started as a white belt with them. He loved nothing more than training with his children.
Throughout the years, he diversified his knowledge by also training in Kenpo Karate. He regularly attends gym sessions to improve physical fitness and strength. Verino is passionate about Taekwondo and he has always taken his gradings and achievements seriously. He is now Black Belt 4th Dan and is proud to be a member of the team at Pace Taekwondo. He thoroughly enjoys coaching, teaching and supporting students of all ages to strive to achieve their personal best.
David first began training in taekwondo in 1978 with Mr Jack Rozinszky at the Melbourne Taekwondo Centre and continued this until 1981 when he went overseas to work. He trained intermittently over the next few years and then joined PACE Taekwondo in 2005 and obtained his first dan black belt the following year. David is a clinical and forensic psychologist and works in a forensic mental health setting. He also enjoys recreational cycling and bicycle touring.
Linda is the Principal and Founder of White Studio Taekwondo in Brighton, Victoria. Linda occasionally assists with classes at PACE Taekwondo.
Linda is the current World Taekwondo Oceania Poomsae Director and Para-Poomsae committee Chair.
PACE Taekwondo - Northcote:
NORTHCOTE HIGH SCHOOL,
St Georges Road, Northcote
PACE Taekwondo - Clifton Hill:
CLIFTON HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL,
185 Gold Street, Clifton Hill