2nd Dan Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
name is Sean Moroney and I've been doing martial arts on and off for
the last 14 years. At
18 I started with free style Karate in Ireland where I was studying.
I achieved a brown belt in this before moving into Tae-Kwon-Do which
I joined because it was more structured, disciplined, with better kicking
In 1995 I achieved my 2nd degree
black belt before moving overseas to the Middle East for employment reasons.
Whilst there my training was halted due to some serious sports injuries
and the lack of facilities available.
On my return to the UK in 1998
I was anxious to continue with my training but did not want to return
to Tae-Kwon-Do as I wanted to try something different and expand on my
After consideration of different
martial arts I commenced training with SOMA in November 1998.
Although the class is not demanding
physically, the offensive and defensive moves which are taught, are more
technical, very skilled and would be very useful in a realistic situation.
This style is completely different
to any previous training I have done, and I know that it will take years
of training to become efficient.
It is now my aim to achieve a high
level within this association as I believe this style of defence will
prepare me better for the hazards of a real life situation.
I would also hope that the combination
of SOMA and Tae-Kwon-Do would make me a better
all - round martial artist.
The above Testimonial was signed
Sean Moroney, February 1999.
The above testimonial is a direct
copy of the original, which can be seen at any time in the
"Tao of SOMA book of Black Belts".
(Sifu) 11 June 1999