Join Port Elizabeth and MyPE in congratulating Mover and Shaker, Matthew Ingram from Umzi Wethu:
Umzi Wethu hospitality student, Matthew Ingram has two passions in his life; cooking and taekwon-do. The young 21 year old from the underprivileged West End community in Port Elizabeth was raised by a single mother, and didn’t have the funds to study at university after he finished matric.
Exploring options for a future career, Matthew applied for the Umzi Wethu Hospitality academy in 2011. He also joined the Dower Dynasty taekwon-do dojang in his neighbourhood, and one year later he placed fourth in the country at his first national competition. He maintains that taekwon-do and Umzi Wethu have been two of the most influential things in his life to date.
“Taekwon-do has taught me respect, self-discipline, perseverance and how to overcome obstacles in life. It has helped me improve my lifestyle, and build into the lives of my friends, family and colleagues. I also present self-defence classes for women in the neighbourhood so that they can protect themselves if they are ever attacked,” says Matthew.
In early 2012 Matthew earned his EP colours, and in September he and six other members of the Dower Dynasty dojang travelled to Johannesburg to represent the province in the South African National ITF Taekwon-do Championships. The dojang is run as a non-profit dojang, and was initiated by instructor, Rezaan Baartzes.
“The students did very well for
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