Liam Broderick, BSc 4th Dan ITF Born: 1972, Newquay, Cornwall Started Tae Kwon-Do: October 1991 Vocation: Environment Agency Marine & Freshwater Ecologist
Liam started his training in the TAGB under his instructor and brother Danny Broderick in Camborne, Cornwall. In 1993, the Cornwall Tae Kwon-Do instructors helped form the GTI but left later that year as Cornwall’s senior grade formed a new organisation under Grandmaster Yung Ho Jun (WTF) from Tampa Bay, Florida. For a number of years, Liam learnt the WTF syllabus and can still perform a number of WTF patterns, recently winning silver with pattern Koryo in open competition. Many of the Cornwall instructors returned to the GTI in 1996 and hosted phenomenal GTI summer camps in the Isles of Scilly and on mainland Cornwall from 1997 to 2000. And Cornwall GTI can often be found training on the local beaches, even on 27th December with a dip in the sea each year!
Liam has devoted the last decade to producing credible and highly detailed Tae Kwon-Do training manuals and is currently the Area Co-ordinator for the Southwest of the GTI and Instructor at GTI Camborne and Truro.
Tae Kwon-Do in the Community
At the core of Tae Kwon-Do training in Korea is the ideal of community service as students are expected to give back to their elders, neighbours and the environment. The origin of this is embedded in the belief system of Confucianism, with a strong emphasis on complex moral, social, political and philosophical systems which encourage respect and order in the community.
As the Area Co-ordinator, Liam organises a number of local events which support the local community and enable the Cornwall GTI students to give something back. The Cornwall schools raise money annually for BBC Children in Need and perform demos in local carnivals and for RNLI Lifeboat Days. As a professional Ecologist, Liam also organises beach cleans to coincide with the United Nations World Environment Day and supports the charity Water Aid, which works to provide clean water for the world’s poorest people.