- BC Games
Team Evolution Tae Kwon Do brings home the hardware from Trail
The Six Tenets of Evolution Tae Kwon Do - Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit and Modesty - are the cornerstones of Master Simon Wachon’s Evolution Martial Arts academy, in Cranbrook. And this past weekend, those tenets proved the pinnacle of the club’s pride and success, as he and five of his students attended the Tae Kwon Do tournament in Trail, BC, hosted by Mr. Jason Ayles’ of Tail Martial Arts, where over 60 students and 20 black belts of all ages and degrees traveled from Chilliwack, Kelowna, Kamloops, Cranbrook and Calgary to compete in both patterns and sparring events. The competition was vast, but above all – fun and friendly; and Master Wachon’s indomitable team earned twelve medals for Team Evolution in the event.
Simon Wachon - a Sixth-Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do Master, originally hails from Chard, in Somerset, England, where he owned and operated seven Evolution Dojangs in various locations. It was a family vacation to the Kootenays that eventually inspired their permanent move to the region, where he continues to grow Evolution’s Canadian success. Alongside his wife, Diane, his daughters Cayleigh (3rd degree black belt, co-instructor) and Jennifer (Black stripe, co-instructor), and a dedicated team of leaders, Evolution Martial Arts opened its doors in Cranbrook, in 2010. Since then, Evolution has grown a powerful new crop of up-and-coming black belts, thanks to the Black Belt Club program, wherein students are coached and mentored in the virtues of the six tenets as they hone their skills in self defense, fitness, philosophy teachings and the art of Tae Kwon-Do.
When you walk through the doors at 120 – 7th Avenue South in Cranbrook, you will find a fun and friendly environment, open to all ages and all levels of fitness, interest and skill. Simon especially encourages adults to explore his club, as many of his Black Belt Club members are mature adults who entered the sport in the name of fitness – and quickly discovered the limitlessness of their own potential, through Simon’s passionate guidance and instruction. Evolution is happy to offer a free, one-week trial for anyone interested in discovering the sport. Simon’s chief aim in this free trial is to give people the opportunity to witness and learn within their first week of training a level of comfort within the club, and the idea of opening themselves to a new set of teachers and philosophies; and also to be contented in the knowledge that they have started on their path to improving all of their abilities, inside and outside of the training hall. For more information, Simon and his team invite you to stop by the dojang, or inquire via their website at www.teamevo.ca. Be sure to check out the Multimedia section for some incredible video footage of Evolution’s success, past and present.