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About Me - Mario Boser - The Taekwondo Trainer at Taekwondo4Fitness
Taekwondo Instructor | 4th-degree black belt | Examination Director | Instructor & Trainer Education at Independent Taekwondo Organisation | ITO Chairman | Poomsae Referee | Fitness Coach | Nutrition Advisor | Welfare Officer
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My name is Mario, and I am the Lead Instructor at Taekwondo4Fitness. My Taekwondo journey started when I was 16, and I kept practising even if life often got in my way.
My goal is to inspire and motivate the youth and adults to become more active, make healthier choices, and share the experience of shaping oneself into a better person each and every day. I became a trainer to help my students to achieve their health and fitness goals with martial arts.
Over the past 30 years, I trained in countries like Germany, Austria, Slovakia and the United Kingdom and had great mentors who taught me the various aspects of Taekwondo.
I hold a 4th-degree blackbelt with the Independent Taekwondo Organisation and a Kukkiwon black belt. As Chairman and Examination Director, I also have an examination license B to promote my students to higher grades in belt promotion exams.
I am a former Taekwondo Instructor and National Poomsae Referee with British Taekwondo, the largest governing body in the United Kingdom. I gained full Disclosure Checks clearance, which is crucial before working with children and vulnerable adults in the UK.
After training in England for nearly a decade, I moved back to Slovakia at the end of 2021 and joined the Slovak Taekwondo Association and the Košice Police Sports Club.
I have a Level 2 Leading Health-Related Activity accredited certification awarded by Active IQ, delivered by Fit for Sport, which provided me with the skills, knowledge and competency to provide high-quality, inclusive activity sessions for children.
Besides this, I obtained an accredited qualification as a Healthy Active Lifestyle Programming Coach with Future Fit Training, the No. 1 provider of personal training, nutrition & pilates courses in the UK.
Continuing education and further training are crucial to me as it provides the knowledge and skills to work with clients with common health conditions that are increasingly common.
Qualifications and Continued Professional Development points endorsed courses (short: CPD) I completed can be found at Qualifications and CPD on my website, LinkedIn and on my CIMSPA Membership Profile.
Mario Boser, Lead Instructor
All good martial artists and Taekwondo practitioners live by the code of ethics. They are expected to continuously maintain the Five Tenets of Taekwondo: etiquette, modesty, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. The five tenets guide a student’s behaviour – inside and outside the dojang. As a Taekwondo Instructor, it is my commitment to preserve these principles.
I am passionate about fitness, nutrition and a healthy, active lifestyle. I work hard to achieve my health and fitness goals. Continued professional development (CPD) and further training are crucial for staying up-to-date with my knowledge and skill set.
My goal is to inspire and motivate the youth and adults to become more active, make healthier choices, and share the experience of shaping oneself into a better person every day. I became a Taekwondo Instructor to help my students achieve their health and fitness goals with martial arts.
My martial arts journey started in 1989 in Germany, the same year as the Berlin Wall’s fall. Since I was often bullied as a kid in and outside the school, I asked my parents to sign me up for martial arts classes. Unfortunately, I realised that Judo was not my best choice to defend myself. I only graduated with a yellow belt and stopped attending classes.
I grew up in Wedding, one of the working-class districts with a large proportion of foreigners and a lot of violence. Gangs were making the streets unsafe. Bullies used mainly knives, their fists and their feet to cause harm to others. Regrettably, Judo didn’t give me the confidence to defend myself against these opponents with throws, wraps, traps or such.
I immediately fell in love with Taekwondo after one of my schoolmates took me to his parent’s martial arts school in 1992. At this time, I was 16 years old, and I have been loyal to this sport ever since. Taekwondo helped me gain confidence and defend myself in case of no other way out.
Taekwondo is not just a martial art for me. It’s a lifestyle and my way of living a healthier and more fulfilling life. Become fitter, healthier and happier with Taekwondo!
What is a Poomsae Referee
A poomsae referee is a person who officiates poomsae competitions, which are a type of martial arts tournament that involves the performance of predetermined forms or routines. Poomsae referees are responsible for enforcing the rules of the competition, evaluating the competitors’ performances, and determining the winners of each match. They must also ensure that the competition is conducted fairly and safely. To be a poomsae referee, it is typically necessary to have a good understanding of the sport and the rules of the competition, as well as experience as a competitor or coach. In addition, poomsae referees may be required to be certified by a governing body or organization.
What is a Healthy Active Lifestyle Programming Coach?
A Healthy, Active Lifestyle Programming Coach is a professional who helps individuals develop and implement healthy lifestyle habits and behaviours. This may include coaching clients on nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and overall wellness.
A Healthy Active Lifestyle Programming Coach may work with clients one-on-one or in group settings and may use a variety of approaches, such as goal setting, education, and behaviour modification, to help clients adopt and maintain healthy habits.
The duties and responsibilities of a Healthy Active Lifestyle Programming Coach may vary depending on their area of expertise and the specific needs of their clients. However, everyday tasks may include developing individualized healthy lifestyle plans, coaching clients on behaviour change strategies, and providing support and motivation to help clients stay on track with their goals.
A Healthy Active Lifestyle Programming Coach may work in various settings, such as fitness centres, health clubs, corporate wellness programs, or private practice. They may also be self-employed or work as part of a team.
What is a Nutrition Advisor?
A Nutrition Advisor is a professional who provides guidance and advice on nutrition and diet. Nutrition Advisors may work with clients one-on-one or in group settings and may specialize in a particular food area, such as sports nutrition, weight management, or pediatric nutrition.
The specific duties and responsibilities of a Nutrition Advisor may vary depending on their area of expertise and the particular needs of their clients. However, everyday tasks may include conducting nutrition assessments, developing individualized nutrition plans, providing nutrition education and counselling, and monitoring clients’ progress.
Nutrition Advisors may work in various settings, such as hospitals, clinics, fitness centres, or private practice. They may also be self-employed or work as part of a team.
To become a Nutrition Advisor, you will typically need to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nutrition or a related field. You may also be required to obtain certification from a recognized organization, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or the International Association of Fitness Sciences.
What is Kukkiwon Taekwondo?
Kukkiwon, also known as the World Taekwondo Headquarters, is the official governing body for taekwondo, a popular martial art that originated in Korea. Kukkiwon is responsible for setting the technical standards for taekwondo, including the forms (pre-arranged patterns of movements), sparring (controlled fighting), and breaking (performing techniques to break boards or other objects) that are taught and practised within the art.
Kukkiwon is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, and is affiliated with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), the international federation for taekwondo recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Kukkiwon administers the WTF’s Dan (black belt) certification program and issues official Dan certificates to practitioners with a certain level of proficiency in taekwondo.
Kukkiwon also serves as a research and development centre for taekwondo and works to promote the art and its values globally.
What is a Kukkiwon black belt and how do I earn it?
A Kukkiwon black belt is a rank in Taekwondo, a popular martial art that originated in Korea. Kukkiwon, also known as the World Taekwondo Headquarters, is the official governing body for Taekwondo and administers the World Taekwondo’s (WT) Dan (black belt) certification program.
To achieve a Kukkiwon black belt, you must undergo extensive training in Taekwondo and demonstrate high proficiency in the art. This typically involves progressing through the various belt ranks (such as white, yellow, green, blue, and red) and passing tests or examinations at each level.
To be eligible for Kukkiwon black belt certification, you will typically need to meet the following requirements:
Be a member of the WT or a recognized Taekwondo organization.
Have a minimum of two years of Taekwondo training.
Pass a written and practical examination, which includes demonstrating your knowledge of Taekwondo techniques and terminology and your physical skills and abilities.
Meet any other requirements set by the WT or your Taekwondo organization.
Earning a Kukkiwon black belt is a significant achievement.
What is a life coach?
A life coach is a professional who helps individuals set and achieve personal and professional goals. Life coaching is focused on assisting clients in identifying and overcoming any obstacles that may be preventing them from achieving their goals and creating action plans to help them move forward in their personal and professional lives.
Life coaches work with clients in various areas, including career development, relationships, personal growth, and health and wellness. They use techniques and approaches, such as goal setting, problem-solving, and visualization, to help clients achieve their desired outcomes.
Life coaches do not provide therapy or medical treatment but rather work with clients to identify their strengths, values, and goals and to develop strategies for achieving them. Life coaching is a partnership between the coach and the client focused on helping the client take action and make positive changes in their life.
What is a DBS?
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, also known as a criminal record check or background check, is a process in the United Kingdom for assessing a person’s suitability for a particular job or activity. It involves a search of police and other records to identify any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands, or warnings that a person may have. The purpose of a DBS check is to help employers and organizations make informed decisions about whether a person is suitable for a particular role, especially if the part involves working with children or vulnerable adults. DBS checks are often required for people who work in certain professions or industries, such as education, healthcare, social care, and financial services.
What does enhanced DBS checked to mean?
An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is a criminal record check that includes a more detailed and thorough search of police and other records. It provides information on any convictions, cautions, reprimands, or warnings that a person may have and additional information held by local police forces. This may include details of any arrests, charges, and convictions not yet shown on the national police database.
An enhanced DBS check is typically required for roles that involve a high level of responsibility or trust or where a person has access to sensitive information. It is also necessary for certain types of work that involve close contact with children or vulnerable adults, such as teaching, coaching, or healthcare. An enhanced DBS check aims to provide a more comprehensive assessment of a person’s suitability for a particular role. If a person has an enhanced DBS check, they have undergone this more detailed and thorough background check.
What is the Slovak Taekwondo Association?
The Slovak Taekwondo Association (STA) is the national governing body for the martial art of taekwondo in Slovakia. It is responsible for the development, promotion, and regulation of taekwondo in the country and for representing Slovakia in international taekwondo competitions. The STA works closely with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and the European Taekwondo Union (ETU) to ensure that taekwondo in Slovakia is practised according to international standards and guidelines. It also supports and trains taekwondo athletes in Slovakia and helps them prepare for national and international competitions. The STA is headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia.
What is British Taekwondo?
British Taekwondo is the national governing body for the martial art of taekwondo in the United Kingdom. It is responsible for the development, promotion, and regulation of taekwondo in the UK and for representing the country in international taekwondo competitions. British Taekwondo works closely with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and the European Taekwondo Union (ETU) to ensure that taekwondo in the UK is practised according to international standards and guidelines. It also supports and trains taekwondo athletes in the UK and helps them prepare for national and international competitions. British Taekwondo is headquartered in Manchester, England.
What is the Independent Taekwondo Organisation?
The acronym ITO means INDEPENDENT TAEKWONDO ORGANISATION. The ITO was founded in 2009. Since 2016 it has been run as an independent free community. It sees itself as a pure community of interest. Thus, it is not bound by instructions from higher-level institutions and can freely decide for the benefit of its members. All martial arts exist under one umbrella-this is the ITO! The home of martial arts! It works with Korean Combat Martial Arts, ITF HQ and WT Kukkiwon HQ. It is also open to all other world associations.
The ITO is not affiliated with any association or alliance as an independent organisation. It is not bound to any instructions of higher institutions and can decide in a free and well-being way to its members. This is a great advantage already used by many associations, sports clubs and athletes who are angry about other organisations.
We are looking for friendly Connections to schools and associations that are also openly established and want to join us. It does not have to be membership; social relations with other schools and associations are also important to us.
How do I become a Kukkiwon Taekwondo Instructor?
To become a Kukkiwon Taekwondo instructor, you will need to meet the following requirements:
Have a minimum of a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo, recognized by the Kukkiwon or the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).
Pass the Kukkiwon Instructor Certification Exam, which includes a written test and a practical demonstration of your Taekwondo skills.
Complete the Kukkiwon Instructor Training Course, a comprehensive program covering teaching methods, class management, and the Kukkiwon curriculum.
Obtain a Kukkiwon Instructor License, which the Kukkiwon issues after you have completed the certification exam and training course.
To prepare for the Kukkiwon Instructor Certification Exam, you should study the Kukkiwon curriculum and teaching materials and practice your Taekwondo techniques and sparring skills. You may also want to consider seeking additional training or instruction from experienced Taekwondo instructors to improve your knowledge and skills.
It is a good idea to check with the Kukkiwon or the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) for the most up-to-date requirements and procedures for becoming a Kukkiwon instructor.
What is a Welfare Officer
What does CPD stand for?
CPD stands for “Continuing Professional Development.” It refers to tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge, and experience professionals acquire throughout their careers. CPD is important because it helps professionals stay current with the latest developments in their field, improve their skills and knowledge, and demonstrate their commitment to professional development to their employers or clients. Additionally, many professional organizations and regulatory bodies require members to complete a certain amount of CPD each year to maintain their professional licenses or certifications.