Elite Taekwondo Geelong, is run by 6th Dan Manni. With over 40 years experience in Taekwondo, Manni first opened clubs in Melbourne before moving to Geelong 10 years ago.
Elite Taekwondo Geelong started from humble beginnings of just 6 students, after which, a steady growth to over 200 members occurred with many reaching the rank of Black Belt over the years.
Our Geelong club has produced many State and National level athletes as well as pushing steadily towards a presence at the International level of competition.
We pride ourselves in teaching not only fighting skills, but the fundamentals of self-defence as well as the core of Taekwondo in the traditional form of patterns.
Manni Kallipolitis, is the Head Instructor for all of Elite Taekwondo. Manni started training at age 7 and opened his first club in Melbourne, where he grew up. Manni has reached his 6th Dan in Taekwondo, achieving the rank of Master.
His first club was open once per week for only 6 students, however, throughout the years with his hard work and dedication to Taekwondo, he has managed to build a community of over 200 students.
Manni has been involved in the security industry for over 25 years and as a result has seen a number of serious situations and dealt with conflict through his positions. The self-defence taught at Elite Taekwondo is straight from real life situations and through his own experiences in these techniques.
Location: Geelong Arena, 110 Victoria Street, North Geelong. Level 2, enter from Baxter Street
Ph: 0418 137 144
Elite Taekwondo Ocean Grove is run by 3rd Dan Charlie Grasso. Charlie gained his Black Belt under the guidance of Manni at the Geelong club, and proceeded as an assistant instructor at Geelong for several years.
Charlie opened his own club in Ocean Grove to expand the availability of Taekwondo to the surf coast region and is now focused on bringing everything he has learned from Manni to Ocean Grove and surrounding areas.
Ocean Grove follows the same style of teaching as our Geelong club and strives for excellence in delivering knowledge for not only fighting skills, but self-defence and traditional Taekwondo also.
Charlie has been involved in Taekwondo for over 13 years. Consistently training and teaching 4 nights per week. He is now dedication to passing on his knowledge and skills through his own club in Ocean Grove.
From his years of training under Master Manni, he has gained a vast amount of experience. He gained his Black Belt through hard work and dedication, after which, he began assisting in instructing classes at our Geelong club throughout its growth and expansion in the region.
Charlie has also been involved in security for many years and brings his wealth of knowledge to his students from his experiences in dealing with conflict.
Location: Senior Citizens Club, 101 The Terrace, Ocean Grove Vic 3226
Ph: 0413 580 990
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Frequently Asked Questions
Starting a new activity can be daunting, especially when it's a Martial Art! The questions and answers below could help you feel more comfortable in beginning your journey. We highly encourage you to either contact us or come in and talk to one of our friendly instructors for any further questions or concerns you have!
Am I too old for Taekwondo?
You can never be too old to start Taekwondo training or re-kindle a past passion. Age has little significance in our classes as we tailor every experience to our participants! There are many avenues that you can discover and improve through and our programs are designed to gradually help you increase your fitness, strength and skills.
Is my child too young for Taekwondo?
Elite Taekwondo offers many different classes, some of those being specifically for children as young as 3 years old! We focus on improving your child's base motor skills, attention, respect and most of all, we provide a fun activity that they can look forward to! Our clubs provide a fun and safe environment where they can make life-long friendships and develop skills that will aid them in every aspect of life.
Who can do Taekwondo?
Anyone and everyone! Our classes are tailored to who attends on the day and we have programs that, over an extended period of time, create improvement in every aspect of Taekwondo, fitness, self-confidence and leadership skills.
Will my child become violent participating in Taekwondo?
Never! We find the opposite happens as we focus on building self-confidence and respect for themselves and others. We provide a positive environment and underline the necessity of non-violence as a first option in all scenarios.
How many times a week should I train?
We recommend 2 to 3 classes per week, however, we understand that life can be busy. Consistency is key for developing any form of skills from the workplace to school and even Taekwondo. Attending a full term will allow you to develop the initial foundation of Taekwondo and further training is key to sculpting the Taekwondo athlete that you will become.
How long does it take to become a Black Belt?
Becoming a black belt is an incredible achievement. It is a journey that takes time, patience, commitment and mental strength. Each student's journey is different and generally takes between 3 to 5 years. Preparation for your Black Belt is a long and difficult experience, but the end goal is well worth it.
What are the benefits of Taekwondo training?
Taekwondo is a martial art which is entirely individual in the skills you can gain along the way. The self-discipline, confidence and respect that you develop are endless. Physically, Taekwondo combines cardiovascular training, such as sprinting and general fitness, with muscle building activities as well. Your flexibility and mobility will increase more than you thought possible too!
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