Mr Colin Avis, 3rd Degree
Mr Avis began practicing Taekwon-Do in 2001 at Rayners Lane Taekwon-do Academy and has trained there ever since. After around five years of training he attained the grade of 1st Degree in 2006. Having reached the coveted black belt ranks, Mr Avis has maintained the same work ethic he displayed during his formative coloured belt years up to 1st degree, swiftly achieving the rank of 2nd Degree in 2008. After 6 years as a 2nd Degree, on 17th May, 2014, Mr Avis graded to 3rd Degree under legendary, 1st generation Taekwon-Do pioneer Supreme Master Kim Bok Man (one of the few, select people who helped General Choi Hong Hi actually design the Taekwon-Do we all do today (SM Kim helped to designed 16 of the ch'ang Hon tuls).
Mr Avis was the first student of Rayners Lane Taekwon-Do Academy to be promoted all the way from 10th Kup to 3rd Degree. Both a student and instructor of the Academy, Mr Avis can always be seen supporting the Academy’s endeavours in hosting and attending numerous seminars, tournaments etc.
Mr Avis is also a seasoned competitor himself and has won his fair share of silverware, with one of the highlights being a silver medal won for sparring at the world championships hosted by Grandmaster Hee Il Cho in 2004 and a World gold medal in 2012. He was also part of the Rayners Lane Men Sparring Team that took the silver at the same 2004 World Championships and has won more ‘Student of the Month’ awards than any other student, as well as achieving the ‘Student of the Year’ award on more than one occasion.
Mr Avis has a passion for the art, commitment and consistency to both training and the Academy and his technical skills and knowledge of the art are second to none.
Mr Avis is also featured in a number of Mr Anslows books - Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Vols 1 & 2, as well as The Encyclopedia Of Taekwon-Do Patterns: The Complete Patterns Resource For Ch’ang Hon, ITF & GTF Students Of Taekwon-Do Vols 1, 2 & 3.