Meet Sabum-nim Tony Ribeiro, 5th Dan, Sr. Vice President, Technical Director & Co-Founder of the Mozambican Taekwon-Do Federation, TFA Umpire Director, ITFSA Tournament Director and Chief Instructor at Legacy Taekwon-Do in Ballito, SA. Sabum-nim Tony is not just a 5th degree black belt in ITF Taekwon-Do, he also has an Umpire Class A certificate and an International Instructors Certificate. Sabum-nim Tony is a proud recipient of the medal of honour for Outstanding Instructor given by ITF HQ in 2014.Sabum-nim Tony and his son Bosabum-nim Alex Ribeiro run the Legacy Dojang in Ballito. “The name Legacy came from the name of the 15-volume encyclopedia that Gen Choi wrote,” says Sbm Tony. “It represents the teachings that our founder intended for all mankind, without adding or removing anything, we must always go back to his legacy to make sure we follow his intended teachings.” Classes at Legacy are on a Tuesday and Friday from 10h00 to 11h30am at Prestige Baby Academy in Ballito, South Africa. Sabum-nim Tony said, “I got in touch with Taekwon-Do in 2003 after meeting Sabum-nim Mark and Ricky Dias’s late father in Mozambique, we started speaking and realised that we lived around the corner from each other in South Africa and that they had the Dias Taekwon-Do club, we started training as a family and found that Taekwon-Do fitted us like a glove.” Sabum-nim Tony has the gift of bringing people together, a great eye for talent and has hosted many continental seminars and championships. “It’s a challenge to balance my Taekwon-Do work, training and teaching but I do this out of love for our art,” says Sbm Tony. “My motivation stands with General Choi, that one man with a passion touched the whole world in his lifetime.”“From a small corner of the world General Choi Hong Hi gave mankind a gift forever. He set this example for all of us, so that we may not have anything holding us back.”“Like the ocean needs all its drops of water, we are all part of this great legacy of Taekwon-Do, set out by the late General Choi Hong Hi to navigate the ocean of life as a single sine wave of unity,” said Sabum-nim Tony, who believes that we all can make a difference. “Africa is my home town and I have travelled through the continent, to some neighbouring countries of South Africa and have seen first hand how talented and dedicated this continent is to our beloved art, the world needs to experience this level of passion so that we may always stay grounded and humbled in our TKD journey and striving to always be better, no matter our conditions, this will only be possible if we have more exposure and financial support for our arts.” “My dream is to give those athletes the opportunity to shine on the international stage. General Choi has done his part it’s now up to us to carry on his legacy for mankind.”“To all students, my advice to you is:
Ask questions about every method and it’s purpose and trust that all movements will become your first nature, just like taking a breath. Taekwon-Do is all about natural movements and how we can utilise them in the best possible way.”
“Above all, train hard. Set no limits, life is to be lived and not limited.”
Sabum-nim Tony Ribeiro
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