Family gets its kicks from taekwondo


Adam Watts, Scott McKimmie, Brian Argus, son Stuart with baby Riley and Rachel Argus. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d449434
Adam Watts, Scott McKimmie, Brian Argus, son Stuart with baby Riley and Rachel Argus. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d449434

Rachel Argus met her husband Stuart at the class 10 years go and they have been married for six years. The couple, and Stuart’s father Brian, hold black belts.

Rachel said she hoped their five-month-old son Riley would follow in their footsteps.

“We often take turns holding him while we are teaching classes, so whoever is teaching is usually holding him at the same time and if we need to demonstrate something, Stuart will give him to me, and then we swap back,” she said,

“I think it’s inevitable he’ll definitely be doing taekwondo.”

Brian was the first student of Ray Tan, who set up the club in the 1980s and said he had taught the sport from 1976 onwards.

“It’s something that has formed a very big part of all our lives and it’s lovely to see my son take it up,” he said.

Rachel said the group, which trains at the Scarborough Civic Centre, was a tight-knit group.

“It is a very social club and have a lot of friends involved, so that’s why we stay together,” she said.

Stuart said beginners were always welcome at the club and encouraged people to join the group.

“It really makes you feel more confident because you know you’ve got some skills to be able to defend yourself if you need to,” he said.

“You see all these black belts doing amazing things and you think ‘I’ll never be able to do that’ and then one day you can smash tiles and break boards and jump over people’s heads.”