He throws jumping back kicks as if he is an action movie star, uses moves you see only in mixed martial arts fights and holds a fourth dan black belt in taekwondo – and he was born in 1935.
Meet Ron Shears, the 78-year-old martial arts practitioner from Joondalup who’s showing no signs of slowing.
Mr Shears began taekwondo at 57, decades after he trained in judo in Britain. Now, the senior sensei has axe kicks that would make most young men’s hamstrings quiver in fear.
“The only reason I started was because my asthma had got to the point where I couldn’t even walk upstairs,” Mr Shears said. “The asthma’s virtually gone.”
Academy owner and former Australian taekwondo representative Zak Jovanov said Mr Shears had no fear.
“What he can do, I hope to God I can do at 55,” he said.
Mr Shears could be forgiven for dropping martial arts and focusing on his other passion – writing.
“Not until I fall off the perch,” he said. “I’m too busy, I haven’t got the time.”
On Saturday October 19, Premier Martial Arts and Fitness is hosting ‘Tex’s Run for Ward 3B’. This is a Lapathon-style run over a 1.2km course around the Academy with the aim to do as many laps as possible within the 90 minute time limit. This time we are hoping to beat our previous number of runners and get over 40 people taking part. Tex Glover – one of our senior students in both rank and age (76) is planning to run in full battle gear just as he did when he was a member of the SAS.
As hard as the run is, the main aim is to get sponsored and raise money for Ward 3B – Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.This is part of our ongoing Premier Challenge to fight childhood cancer, in partnership with the Telethon Adventurers.
You can take part in the run and raise money through getting sponsorship. You can also donate by either sponsoring a runner or even online at the Telethon Adventurers website.
Don’t miss out on our biggest ever sale on Friday September 20 and Saturday September 21.
There will be 10% to 50% off all stock, including our brand new gear which has just arrived! Discounts available only while stocks last, so be early to get the best prices and selection on our entire range.
You will have to be quick as this sale is only while stocks last, and sale prices will only be available on Friday September 20 and Saturday September 21.
Discounts on all current and new stock such as:
- Boxing gloves
- New Winter Team Jackets and Vests
- Shin Guards
- Head Guards
- MMA Gear
- Summer Uniforms
- New Style Black Uniforms
- WTF White Competition Uniforms and Chest Protectors
and much more!
Its the perfect time to restock or renew your uniform or sparring gear, or even perhaps do some early Christmas shopping for that someone special.
Check out our New Timetable, with now over 80 classes per week! We have added classes on Saturdays to provide more opportunities for our members to train. Classes have been added and re-arranged from 10.00am onwards so make sure you have checked out the new times below.
We have also added in a Competition Poomse class on Tuesdays at 7.45pm, where anyone interested in competing in Poomse (Patterns) can learn to take their performance to a whole new level!
With a class for everyone in the family, our new timetable features:
- NEW!! Freestyle Martial Arts classes for Teenagers Monday – Thursday: Advanced @ 6.00pm and Beginners @ 6.45 pm, as well as All Belts on Saturday @ 10.00 am
- Train every day in any of our four main programs – Little Champions, Junior Martial Arts and Freestyle Martial Arts.
- Daytime Freestyle Martial Arts classes on Wednesday at 10.30 am and Saturday at 10.00 am.
- Fitness members – four high intensity classes a week plus use the gym floor anytime we are open!
- Parents–train at the same time as your kids!
- New Competition Poomse Class on Tuesdays at 7.45 pm