Tweed Martial Arts Academy Claudia Gregory (front left),Tugun Hemali Patel-Terranora and program manager Adele Hosking (back).
Tweed Martial Arts Academy Claudia Gregory (front left),Tugun Hemali Patel-Terranora and program manager Adele Hosking (back). Crystal Spencer

The way of the warriors

ACCORDING to popular legend, a warrior is born, never created.

However Grant Ratcliffe, a sixth degree Black Belt and Head Instructor at the Tweed College of Martial Arts, might have something to say about that.

Located in South Tweed Heads, TCMA is the Tweed Coast’s largest and most successful Martial Arts school, boasting an international reputation for having the highest standard Black Belt students in Australia.

TCMA teaches the impressive combat style known as Mixed Martial Arts or MMA, which is taught through hands-on drill based training such as Thai Kickboxing for punching and kicking, the takedowns of Wrestling, and the grappling of Brazilian Jiu Jutsu.

Basically - once you attain a Black Belt with TCMA, you know you’re going to be pretty safe walking the streets alone at midnight.

The college is run by Ratcliffe who brings 20 years experience to the table.

"It is empowering, and the focus on fitness training is beneficial to both kids and adults," he said.

"It teaches you self-defence, and I think it is more important to have that these days than it was 10 years ago.

"Most importantly it gives you confidence."

Routine classes are held every Monday to Thursday, from 9am to 9pm, and are open for kids, teens and adults.

The classes are part of the twenty month Black Belt programme, designed to ease the task of reaching the top and make the journey more enjoyable, and easier to manage.

The programme begins with the basics, and starts from square one, so you don’t have to be like Bruce Lee before you join.

It is based around the ten belts that come before Black Belt, such as White, Yellow, Orange, etc, and at the end of the twenty month time period, the Black Belt is awarded.

"The programme is great for kids because it gives them the confidence that they need for life," Ratcliffe said.
"It helps with their social progress and skills.

"It is great for adults too because it teaches fitness, focusing on training, and things like that."

Although the programme requires only two classes per week, there is no maximum limit.

TCMA offers separate Kids and Adults Mixed Martial Arts programmes, so it’s fun and exciting for the whole family to practice.

See tomorrow's Tweed Daily News for our four page Junior Sport section.


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