Teacher still gets a kick out of taekwondo

Kicking ahead: Amy Bodziony scores a jackpot in Las Vegas.RING Amy Bodziony and you’ll get a message that says “you have rung Psychkwondo”.
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That sums up her life.

She likes a fight and a feed.

Her proficiency at taekwondo has led to her operating a growing string of martial arts centres with her partner.

What she also does is perform more than just proficiently at the kick-contact caper.

Bodziony recently returned from the United States, where she won a gold medal in the lightweight division at the US Open.

“Everyone’s a bit nervous but it was what I expected,” she said of the competition, and the fights that led to a fulfilled ambition.

But the description “fight” suggests a brutality that is at odds with the precision, technique and flexibility involved.

Here’s her coach Simon Taite describing one exchange.

“She baited the Texan with a move we had been practising throughout our Christmas training sessions, yet had avoided using it, as we were waiting for the right moment.

“Success.

“The Texan took the bait, avoided the false attack thrown and came in attacking at what she believed to be a mistake by Amy.

“Boom. Face kick and three points Amy’s way.”

There’s less of that competition since the 34-year-old became involved in the business seven years ago.

“I do a lot more teaching now,” Bodziony said.

“I became involved at 12 when my father wanted my sister and I to learn self-defence,” she said of her start in Riverstone.

“I love it. It’s my life.”

She acknowledged the importance of Laurel Burn’s taekwondo gold medal for Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“It increased its popularity,” said the practitioner who, like Burns, has a petite build and soft voice at odds with the physical contact sport at which she excels.

There have been successes.

“I’ve won state titles, a commonwealth championship and at a tournament in Korea,” she said

“I’ve never won an Australian championship.”

The plan is to try and rectify that at the Australian titles in Brisbane.

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