George (Geordie) McTaggart

George (Geordie) McTaggart

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Specialization/s: Martial arts coach, Taekwondo, Personal Trainer,

Introduction

I am a Martial Arts Instructor and Personal Trainer and have always been interested in Martial Arts and Fitness training since I saw my first Bruce Lee movie. With my father being a former professional wrestler and also having studied Martial Arts himself, my training began early.

At age 6 I began training in Wrestling, Judo and Karate. This continued until 1988 when my little brother Duncan and I began Rhee Tae Kwon-Do together. Four years later I received my first Black Belt and my quest as a serious beginner began.

I established my own martial arts school “Denrai Freestyle Tae Kwon-Do” in 2005, which is a mixture of Tae Kwon-Do and other arts I have learnt. Due to my nearly 15 year career in Security for the Department of Defence, it began as private one on one lessons in my garage until demand increased and time allowed for classes to begin in October of 2013. It has now grown to become an international school with branches in Australia, as well as branches in New Zealand that are run by my brother Duncan. I have been working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer since 2011.

I have studied and have rankings in various other Martial Arts during my 41 year Martial Arts journey including: Karate, Tai Chi, Ninjitsu, Krav Maga, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali, Muay Thai, Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Goju Kalis, Kenpo 5.0 and even Fight Choreography for Movies.

I have also had the pleasure of training with some truly amazing Martial Arts Masters over the years such as: Grand Master Chong Chul Rhee, Chief Instructor John Ragonessi, Bruce Lee’s most senior student Guro Dan Inosanto, Simo Cookie Vassiliou, Guro Joel Clarke, Sifu Francis Fong, Master Jean-Jacques Machado, Hanshi Tino Ceberano, Master Richard Norton, Master Jeff Speakman and Master Michael Muleta as well as some others.

I am a Tae Kwon-Do multiple world champion and gold medalist competing in Self Defense, Breaking, Single and Team Patterns as well as Model Sparring and other events.

I was an Inductee of the “2019 ITF Pioneer Awards” for Tae Kwon-Do Excellence. And inducted into the “2020 General Choi Hong Hi Hall of Honours” for Outstanding International Instructor.

Over the last 41 years both training and teaching, 33 of those years have been in training where my heart lies and that is with Tae Kwon-Do, in which I currently hold the rank of Fifth Degree Black Belt with the ITF. I look forward to many more years of learning and meeting many more Great Martial Artist’s.

Awards & Certifications

International TaeKwon-Do Federation V Dan | 09/14/2020

Certificate III in Fitness | 05/11/2012

Certificate IV in Fitness | 10/10/2012

International TaeKwon-Do Instructor | 12/05/2020

International TaeKwon-Do Umpire | 12/06/2020

COVID Safe Martial Arts Instructor | 06/04/2020

ITF Pioneer Awards for Taekwon-Do Excellence 2019 Inductee | 11/09/2019

General Choi Hong Hi, Hall of Honours 2020 Inductee | 11/28/2020

International Kettlebell Instructor | 10/02/2011

BFI Level 1 Certification for Personal Trainers | 06/02/2013

Faster, Higher, Stronger | 06/13/2020

Sports Medicine: Understanding Sports Injuries | 06/13/2020

Recover Quicker, Perform Better | 06/14/2020

Sports Nutrition: Eat to Compete | 06/14/2020

Exercise Physiology - The Body in Motion | 06/15/2020

Sports Psychology: Getting in the Zone | 06/16/2020

Work Experience

Denrai Freestyle Tae Kwon-Do | Chief Instructor/Founder

Denrai Martial Arts & Fitness | Martial Arts Instructor/Personal Trainer

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Kingsthorpe, Queensland, Australia

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