Leadership & Project Based Leadership Training (P.B.L.T)

Building community leaders


What is "Project based leadership training, and what has it to do with Taekwondo? Both very good questions.


The concept of PBLT is derived from what, or more to the point "who" we want our black belts to be.

We all know that there is much more to be drawn from martial arts training than just kicking and punching, the question is how do we pass on the attributes of courage, strength under pressure, decision making skills and leadership.


Heavily influenced by Master teachers Tom Callos and Gary Engles, Spirit understands that just like the physical techniques of Taekwondo, these qualities need to be practised. Which is why "Project Based Leadership training" is a core component and an essential part of the Spirit Taekwondo syllabus.  


The aim is to develop well rounded, creative and community focused individuals who have the strength and skills to contribute to others in their community, with the aim of lifting values and inspiring others.

In short " Taking the principles that we learn and teach in Taekwondo, out of the Dojang ( training hall) and into the world" :  ( quote ) - Tom Callos



So.....How's it work?

Once the students have acquired the grade of 5th Kup ( Green stripe Belt ), they are required to build and develop their communication and leadership skills through leadership training or their own community contribution projects



J.S.A. Leadership Training:

J.S.A - Jung Shin Attitude leadership training is conducted on Friday afternoons for students who meet the criteria.

Throughout these sessions student are taught and teaching skills, and are then ask to put them into practice whilst under the guidance and supervision of a senior instructor.


P.B.L.T. projects:

These projects are required to involve 2 or more people, and can draw upon Spirit Taekwondo as a resource.

As the student grow and mature, so do we expect the size, grandure and influence of the projects, empowering the individual and lifting the community at the same time.


The Next Step

As students work through their projects, all aspect are documented and collated, forming a "Project Portfolio". The aim of which is to serve as proof of their attributes and skills, and assist them in the pursuit of future opportunities.


Below are some images of Spirit Leadership training and student projects:

Bear Cottage Fund Raiser - Designed by Gabriella Blewitt


Gabriella Blewitt hosted a gingerbread house making extravaganza at the Spirit Taekwondo Dojang to raise much needed funds for the Bear Cottage, Manly. 


Over 50 families joined the event to make 40 beautiful gingerbread houses, Gaby also sold hundreds of raffle tickets, organised a sausage sizzle & fun games to reach her goal.


As a result of all of Gaby's hard work and all the kind contributions from local business Gaby and her team managed to raise $1,526 for the Bear Cottage.

Cromer community centre


Spirit Taekwondo leadership students took part in the refacing of the Cromer community center in a Warringah council project coordinated by Artist Fiona Verity.


The Spirit leaders were happy to create some creative mosaics for the Muriel made from a mixture of natural materials and broken tiles which were kindly donated from tiling shops, and reflects Fionas passion for birds and local wildlife.


Following the creation of the individual mosaics a tiler helped fix them to the wall and the leaders and community were invited to the official opening and launch of the artwork.

NSW Fire Services and Red Cross

Spirit Leaders assisted in the collection of emergency supplies for those effected by Blue Mountains bush fires, as well as the raising of funds for the NSW Fire services and Red Cross to assist in the rescue care of those most effected .




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The Spirit Community Ride - Designed by Lucien Brianchon

Leadership student Lucien Brianchon wowed the local community by teaming up with Tour De Cure Australia to raise funds for Camp Quality, a charity focused on the care and treatment of kids with cancer and their families.


Lucien and his dad Jean-Paul, were able to reached out fellow Taekwondo students, school friends and local community to sign up just short of 100 bike riders to take part in a sponsored bike ride conducted over 2 weeks.


The ride would focus on the Tour De Cure moto of “ Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy program” requiring all riders to take part in a bike ride, complete a fitness challenge, joke telling and eating plenty of fruit.


The ride saw a total of 85 kids ride a collective 1500 Kilometres, knock out an impressive 1200 push up’s and 1200 sit-up’s, endure a staggering 26 minutes of plank holds, and and reciting hundreds of bad jokes, resulting in the raising of $17,400.

Combating Alzheimer’s - Designed by Nick Carroll

Nick Carroll managed and organised a team of fellow students to run a coffee and snacks stall during a Taekwondo event with the intent of raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia.

Over a period of 2 days Nick and his team sold toast banana bread, ham and cheese toasted sandwiches, tea’s and coffee as well as many other snacks resulting in the raising of $564, which was grateful received by the charity.

Showing that we care - Designed by Olivia Sheridan

Olivia Sheridan warmed the hearts of many in her project to combat loneliness by working with fellow students and friends to create a stunning array of hand made greeting cards for the elderly. The cards contained warm and caring remarks hand written by Olivia and her team mates for delivery and distribution at a local aged care home during the Easter season.

Upon completion Olivia and her team took the time to visit a local aged care home and kindly distribute the cards as well as spend some time with the elderly.