Achievement a real milestone

Carmela Hartnett.
Carmela Hartnett.

Hartnett, a Taekwondo Oh Do Kwan instructor in Leeming, Riverton and Canning Vale, can now add to her achievements the title of Grandmaster, bestowed on Taekwondo Masters of 8th Dan and above.

After completing grading exams last November and in January this year at the World Taekwondo Headquarters in Korea, she learned of her pass mark early last month, but had to wait until the end of the month to know if she had been successful in obtaining her 8th Dan Black Belt.

The two gradings comprised tests on forms (sets of prearranged movements), defence against punches, grabs, holds and knife, demonstration of staff skills (long stick), free sparring and breaking five boards in continuous action.

She also completed a Taekwondo thesis and an interview and question session.

Proud husband Ross, also an 8th Dan Black Belt who teaches with her at their Maddington centre, said for all her Taekwondo awards, she found teaching her students from beginners up to elite athletes the most enjoyable aspect of her life-long journey.

�She is respected around the Taekwondo world, having been a highly successful competitor with two World Championships gold medals, one silver medal and four bronze medals, plus over 50 other international medals, among her wins,� he said.

The Hartnetts� son is a 5th Dan Black Belt who teaches at the Belmont Taekwondo Oh Do Kwan branch while her father, two brothers and two sisters are also black belts.