Jamaica Taekwon-Do Association 2nd Mentorship Programme Launch Report

Jamaica Taekwon-Do Association 2nd Mentorship Programme Launch

Seminar: Time Management/How to Study Effectively Report                       

April 2013

Prepared by Aneeke Brown 

The Mentorship Programme committee staged a Time Management/How to Study Effectively session on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the JATKD Headquarters. We believe that as a martial arts body, we should be knowledgeably equipped with the habit of time management not just specific to our scheduled classes at the dojang but in all spheres of our life. 

This one day session brought mentors and mentees and the entire Taekwon-do family together, as we engaged in direct & note-taking discussion on Time Management. The discussion was lead by Mr. Shane O’Conner, a professional counsellor.  Mr. O’Conner spoke to the group on lifestyle challenges and choices which will affect management of time and ultimately how one approaches studying. 

Where do you want to live? 

  1. Cruffsville – lack of care/interest


  1. Littlesville – comfortable with little


  1. Muchville/averageville – strong believers in luck 


  1. Greatsville-things are accomplished


You were created for greatness!!


Mr. O’Connor also spoke of 4 common time wasters:


  1. Laziness - will suck the life out of you!!


  1. Procrastination – this causes stress.  “Time cannot be recycled”


  1. Distraction – put away the mobile phones; turn off the television.


  1. Impatience – prepare well for life!!!


“Not everyone will make it but you can because it is a choice”

Following Mr. O’Connor’s presentation was a question and answer segment, in which people could receive clarity on any point the presenter made and also a prize was awarded to the individual who could recall effectively what Mr. O’Connor spoke about. 

The day’s session was also a buzz with a formal presentation from the Gungo Walk Team (Jamaica 50 Event music team) who attended the session to formally hand over the cheque from the staging of the show “Classic Duets” which was held on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Red Bones Café.  This show was done for charity and all the net proceeds went toward one of our mentees O’Shane Murray who is still in the hospital recovering from spinal injuries. 

The net amount from the show, $128,000.00, will go towards O’Shane’s recovery expenses. The Mentorship Programme is pleased to have been part of this venture and would like to thank the Taekwon-do family for making it possible. 

Proceedings ended with a word of thanks from Mr. Arthur Barrows President of the JATKD, after which the attendees shared refreshments to close off what was considered to be a timely managed day.

Alana Pennant member of mentor-ship programme presenting a token to Mr. Shane O’Connor the Guest Speaker

“Classic Duets” the O’Shane Murray benefit show cheque Presentation:

L-R: Stephanie Wallace-Mawell and Michael-Sean Harris of Gungo Walk handing over the cheque to Aneeke Brown & Joleen Masters of Jamaica Taekwon-Do


Jamaica Taekwon-Do Association 1st Mentorship Programme Launch Report

March 29, 2013

Prepared by Aneeke Brown

March 9, 2013 marked the second launch of the Jamaica Taekwon-Do Association (JATKD) Mentorship Programme; and along with it the friendly and fever pitch excitement as to who are the mentors and the mentees among our martial arts community. There were forty (40) persons in attendance, including mentees and mentors to sit around this year’s chosen colours of blue and green decorated gym area, at the JATKD head branch, 30a Westminster Road, Kingston 10. The 2013 programme will run for 10 months (March to December 2013). The total list of participants for the year 2013 includes mentors and mentees from Kingston and Mandeville school, as we extend the programme throughout the Jamaica Taekwon-do Association

The mentorship programme is a non-profit venture and is the collaborative effort of members of the Jamaica Taekwon-do Association. Mentors will strive to foster social and mental development with their mentees to assist them to discover new capabilities in the Jamaican social climate, sport of Taekwon-do and the world at large.

The programme will embark on several activities/sessions for 2013; namely, Time Management/How to Study Effectively, Personal Development with a focus on Hygiene and a trip to Blue Mountain, Jamaica. These activities are with the aim that the mentoring programme benefits both the mentors and the mentees providing both with opportunity for developing social skills and lifelong friendships with martial arts linkages.

The Target group for the 2013 mentorship programme will include the JATKD High school program participants (Mentees), Juniors from the Westminster and Mandeville location (Mentees), adults and black belts (Mentors) of the JATKD. 

The launch moderator was Mr. Carlyle Gray, the launch officially started with prayer for the day’s proceedings, and the overall mentorship programmme. Then the President of the JATKD, Mr. Arthur Barrows gave a warm welcome and encouraged the attendees to make the 2ndstaging of the programme even more successful than last year 2012 and to have an open-mind about the overall programme and enjoy the launch.

The guest speaker was Mr. Leighton Smith, a guidance counselor and a teacher at Dunrobin Preparatory School. Mr. Smith during his presentation got the mentees and the mentors involved through an interactive discussion and encouraged all persons to make a difference throughout the programme. Following Mr. Smith’s presentation, a token of a basket was presented to him by first time mentee, Alexia Webb from Mandeville School.

The attendees were entertained by singer and song-writer, Stephanie Wallce-Maxwell who got some of the mentees and mentors rocking, waving and singing along with her to “One Moment in Time” by Whitney Houston The spirit was high among the attendees and so in keeping with that spirit the official charge & launch took place with the cutting of the 2013 cake by Alexecia Scott (Mentee), Zebe Williams (Mentee), Aneeke Brown (Chairperson of Mentorship Committee) & Justin Barrows (Member of the Mentorship Committee).

Things got even more exciting as, mentor and committee member Ms. Audra Smith led a buzz session between mentors and mentees. This session saw them competing to do Balloon Pass, which is meant to promote teamwork and cooperation. There were three (3) groups of which one won. They were awarded prizes, of Digicel phone cards. The vote of thanks was given by the Chairperson of the Mentorship Programme Committee, in which the sponsors were thanked, the committee and the attendees in making the launch a success. Everyone then participated in refreshment of cake, pizza, chicken wings and beverage.

Members of the JATKD mentorship committee includes Nicholas Dusard, Audra Smith, Aneeke Brown (Chairperson), Denise Romero-Williams (1stVP JATKD), Adrian Moore and Justin Barrows.

Author: gmb
Date: 2013-04-17 08:45:00
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