By Rebecca Peppiatt
Formerly known as Councillor Ian Green, you can now call him Master after the Darlington grandad recently passed one of the toughest benchmarks in taekwondo.
At 76 years old and recently ending his tenure as a Shire of Mundaring councillor, you’d be forgiven for thinking life would start to slow down for Mr Green, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Training four to five times a week, the martial arts expert is dedicated to the sport, owing his physical and mental agility to the practice.
“The point of martial arts is body, mind and spirit,” he said.
“Physically, the ‘do’ in taekwondo means the way, the right way, which not only encompasses your physical, but your mental and spiritual outlook.
“Physically, of course, there’s a lot of movement and activity.”
For the past three years Mr Green has trained online with UK-based Grand Master Isaac Harry who is president of International Taekwondo UK.
He also trains with Onelife Martial Arts owner James Horrobin and teaches and instructs at his gym.
Becoming a Master in taekwondo is no mean feat and participants have to be invited to have a go.
Mr Green has been working up the grades since he took up the sport in 1974.
“From here I’ll keep training and eventually one would hope be invited to become a senior master,” he said.
“Then the final one is a grand master.
“There’s nothing higher than that and it’s a goal in life for me.”