Home Central Club: Emmarentia Fighting Fit Central Taekwon-Do Club (mentors the instructors at all of the branches)
Affliation: MTG Magua Taekwon-Do Group
With about 23 years of ITF Taekwon-Do and 28 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 as well as President of Taekwon-Do South Africa. He is also the co-founder of Magua Hosin-Sul (Urban self defence syllabus).
He was born to train people to become their personal best. Martial Arts called to him from a young age and he is privilaged to have been able to build his life and work around his passion. Himself 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 enjoyed the competitive aspect of Taekwon-Do in his earlier days. His focus shifted to instructing relatively early due to circumstances also including not having an instructor for some time and his clubs and students development taking preference as his commitments to them grew as the club grew. He is also the tournament director in charge of Taekwon-Do South Africa's competitions.
He has been a national and international medallist, including winning national Taekwon-Do and all styles championships. He has represented his club & country by competing &/ or coaching in international competition eight times. (World Champs, St Petersburg, Russia 1997; Gen Choi’s Cup, New York, USA 2000; World Champs, Rimini, Italy 2001; Pan American Games, Argentina 2005 ; World Champs, Birmingham, England 2007; Imperial British Championships, England 2010; World Champs 2014, Rome, Italy and the World Champs 2016 Brighton, England. He has also been head coach for the national team for international competitions 6 times.
He and the club have produced numerous national and international medallists as well as Taekwon-Do South Africa international colours recipiants.
He maintains the true focus of the club is actually traditional and real self defence oriented as a priority aimed at bringing out the best of character in the students.
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. Seeing the positive aspects on individuals is the main reason for him choosing this path.
He has also trained and been graded by some of the finest masters in the world including General Choi Hong Hi (Founder) and Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa (ITF President & Son of the Founder). He is proud to have one of the finest Masters in the world Grand Master Trevor Nicholls 9th Dan (ITF Vice President) as his instructor & mentor.