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Are you under 18 years of age? Does your family come to The Bouverie Centre? Want to get fit, have fun and learn new skills?

Yes? You might be interested in joining our Taekwondo class


Right here at The Bouverie Centre, 8 Gardiner St, Brunswick.


Taekwondo classes run on Monday afternoons during the school term. The class is for children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years old. Sessions start at 5pm and last for approximately 1 hour.

Each class is followed by an afternoon snack, as well as a chance to catch up with other classmates.

A photo of Bernie Victor (Class instructor), Dr Jeff Young (Director, The Bouverie Centre) and Carmen Marton (Melbourne Taekwondo Centre pupil and the first Australian to win a World Championship in Taekwondo)

L to R: Bernie Victor (Class instructor), Dr Jeff Young (Director, The Bouverie Centre) and Carmen Marton (Melbourne Taekwondo Centre pupil and the first Australian to win a World Championship in Taekwondo)


A weekly gold coin donation. (Alternative arrangements can be made if payment is an issue).

What do I bring?

New members should dress in loose, comfortable clothing. Students given white taekwondo pants and a t-shirt from the Melbourne Taekwondo Centre after their grading are expected to wear this uniform in subsequent classes.

Who can take part?

Bouverie clients under the age of 18 years. Beginners are welcome. No previous experience is necessary!

Interested in joining?

Please speak to your therapist and register today or contact Aaron Knuckey at The Bouverie Centre on (03) 9385 5100.

Read about behaviours expected of students attending our classes.


About Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a martial art enjoyed by people of both genders and many ages. Learning Taekwondo can build strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and fitness as well as self-confidence and self-discipline. It can also help with goal setting, with students setting their sights on mastering each level (white, yellow, blue, and red) with the view to ultimately obtaining a coveted black belt.

What does the research say?

Studies report a range of benefits for children and young people participating in martial arts including:

  • increased self esteem (Lantz, 2000; Trulson, 1986; Weiser et. al., 1995)
  • reduced anxiety (Trulson, 1986)
  • improved academic performance & reduced classroom behavioural difficulties (Fleisher et. al., 1985; Lakes & Hoyt, 2004; Zirin et. al., 2001)
  • reduced aggressive and hostile behaviours (Theebom, De Knop, & Vertonghen, 2009; Tremlow, Biggs, Nelson et al., 2008; Trulson (1986); Steyn & Roux, 2009)

About the trainers

Instructors Lydia Zakkas-Victor and Bernie Victor (5th Dan) from The Melbourne Taekwondo Centre donate their time and services to The Bouverie Centre for free. The couple retired from world championship level competition several years ago to teach and support young people in their local community to get fit and have fun developing their skills in Taekwondo.They base their system of Taekwondo on positive reinforcement for good behaviour and giving every child an opportunity to do well.

History of the program at The Bouverie Centre

Taekwondo classes first commenced at The Bouverie Centre in Term 4 of 2009. Approximately 10-15 young people aged between 5 and 13 years attended each week. Anecdotal reports from family members suggest that participation in Taekwondo has had some really positive impacts on these young people.


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