All posts filed under “Taekwondo

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Martial arts are a great leveler. Whenever you start feeling confident you grade and go back to feeling like a total novice again.

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Taekwondo classes start back up tonight after a two week break. First session as a yellow belt, and the double grading means there’s a lot to learn!

Also, flexibility. Turns out that at 32 years of age I basically have none. I need to set myself a goal, something tangible. How about…photographic evidence of me doing the splits in, say, 5 weeks?!

Yeah, let’s do it 🙂

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First grading – the result

So I flicked my grading instructor a message for my result over the weekend, and was totally blown away by his reply – the grading panel gave me something called an ‘unrequested double grading’ (which I barely knew existed), which skips me straight from white… Read More

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First grading, done!

First Taekwondo grading, done! What an experience. I felt totally out of my comfort zone, but I moved with as much conviction as I could during the night. 110% effort and focus for every movement – I still felt clunky and my muscles still forgot… Read More

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Grading day!

Last time I went through one of these I was 4 feet tall, had a pack of WWF cards in my back pocket, and spent my downtime playing an Atari. Time is a funny thing.

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That’s me standing on the left there, in my first ever Karate grading back in the 1980s.

Fast forward over 20 years and it’s time to do it all again – only one day to go until I hit my first Taekwondo grading!

I reckon I was feeling less nervous in that photo than I will be tomorrow night…