Name: Norman Magua
Rank: 6th Degree Black Belt
Nationality: South African
Club: Emmarentia Fighting Fit Central Taekwon-Do Club
Affiliation: Magua Taekwon-Do
With about 22 years of ITF Taekwon-Do and 27 years all together including other martial arts/combat sports training behind him including Judo ,Tang Soo Do & informally in various other styles , he began Taekwon-Do in 1994 and never looked back.He is the co- founder of Magua Taekwon-Do clubs and Taekwon-Do South Africa. He is also the co founder of Magua Hosin-Sul (Urban self defence techniques).
He was born to train people to become their personal best. Him self and co head, his brother are dynamic and innovative in their approach to all aspects of this art and are known for their inspirational approach.
Within the competition aspect:
He has been a national and international medallist, including winning national Taekwon-Do and all styles championships. He has represented his club & country in international competition six times. (World Champs Russia ’97, Gen Choi’s Cup New York 2000, World Champs Italy ’01, Pan American games ’05 & World Champs England ’07 and Imperial British Championships 2010.
He has trained national and international medallists.
Co-head coach for the General Choi’s Cup in 2000. A high profile tournament in New York. A gold medal received for a member of the small team.(First medal for a high profile international event)
Away-head coach for the World Championships in 2001 (Where South Africa received their first medals ,(team power breaking, at a worlds)
Graded to 4th Dan in Argentina under Master Galarraga in 2004.
Co-head coach for the Pan-American Championships 2005.
Co-head coach for the 2007 World Championships (First medals were received for the new organization, including for him self) Bronze for team special techniques, silver for individual special techniques and bronze for senior colour belt sparring.
Graded to 5th Dan in South Africa under visiting Master Nicholls.
Co- head coach/ away coach and competitor for the Imperial British Championships October 2010 ( Very high profile international tournament). He received a Silver medal for 5th Dan patterns. The team of four took medals for: sparring: 1 gold and 1 silver. -Patterns: 1 silver and 3 Bronze. -Special Techniques: 1 gold and 2nd place. Breaking 3rd place)
As Co-head coach of the team that went to Rome, Italy in 2014 for the World Championships and Colour belt world cup. The team brought home 11 medals, a huge achievement for team SA.
Graded to 6th Dan in Rome, Italy under Grand Master Nicholls.
Head coach for the 2016 World Championships & international Open in Brighton, England. With a very successful small team including a sparring gold medal, Sparring Bronze medal and Individual Breaking Bronze medal.
Norman still maintains that most of his achievements are un- listed because they are actually off the competition floor and in the every day training and traditional and self defence aspects to bring out the best in the members, in all aspects of the art.
He has also trained and been graded by some of the finest masters in the world. He is proud to have one of the finest masters in the world Master Trevor Nicholls 9th Dan as his instructor.