Hello you!

Welcome to my Taekwondo Tribe. Thank you for stopping by. This is the place to say G’day! Drop me a comment, tell me about yourself and your interest in Taekwondo.

I started Taekwondo after watching my son train for 5 years and just after I turned 40. I set this whole thing up because I have made some wonderful connections all over the world with others who love Taekwondo for fun and fitness.

The story I wrote hoping to inspire others to just HAVE A GO at something new was published on the website of Women’s Health magazine Australia and was shared on Facebook almost 6000 times. So I decided to keep writing and The Mortal Mouse was born.

I hope you will drop by regularly so we can keep in touch.

 

 

 

PS: You can also find my articles re-published at the following locations…

World of Martial Arts Television Article 1
World of Martial Arts Television Article 2
Women’s Health Australia Article 2
Women’s Health Australia Article 3

Fast 5 Q&A: Kelly Rowe, Western Australia

Meet mums from around the world who have made the later-in-life decision to take up martial arts and hear about the profound impact the training has had on their lives…


Inspired to jump back into the training she started as a teenager by her two sons who were discovering a new love for Taekwondo, Kelly Rowe is now preparing for her Black Belt exam. So empowered by the impact Taekwondo has had on her life now, Kelly has already begun working as an assistant instructor in her club…


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The moment all my WORST fears about starting Taekwondo in my 40s were realised!

And what happened next…

Stepping off the sidelines where I’d sat for five years watching my son do Taekwondo, and out onto the floor as a student was one of the MOST terrifying things I’ve ever done.

I had three main fears.

Fear Number 1: Look like a complete GOOSE in front of our club’s Master.

Fear Number 2: Look like a goose in front of the other students.

Fear Number 3:  (Weird when I think about it now but at the time the most terrifying of all) Look like a goose in front of the other parents I had previously been sitting with on the sidelines.

Not very long into my journey of taking up Taekwondo at age 40, yep! It happened.

I went waaaaaay beyond GOOSE. And: It was BRUTAL!!!

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5 Surprising Benefits of Taekwondo

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

And no! Deciding you’ll eat all the Turkish Delights (*gag) in your box of Cadbury Roses chocolates BEFORE the Vanilla Fudge ones is NOT going to cut it.

So I’ll re-phrase. When was the last time you did something for the first time which ALSO forced you out of your comfort zone?

Think about that while you read the next line by Canadian writer and motivational speaker Robin Sharma…

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life”.

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Should the path to Black Belt be walked in bare feet?

The question of shoes for Taekwondo…

My 10 year old son is a rule follower.

This might sound like some kind of parental godsend but alas.

What goes with this rule-following territory is a child who is:

  • Mind bogglingly black and white about stuff
  • Meticulous in his pursuit of everything (I mean EVERYTHING!) being fair and
  • Unappreciative of grey areas or compromise.

That’s right! STUBBORN. He gets that from his father! *cough

A small example to demonstrate this character trait (we’ll get to the shoes in a minute)…

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If Marvel had a gang of fierce Taekwondo chicks…

10 kick ass women with legit Black Belt SUPER powers!

If EVER you needed:

  • Encouragement to make Taekwondo a part of your life
  • Inspiration to help you achieve what you NEVER thought possible
  • OR just that satisfyingly smug feeling that comes with knowing that as a member of the #taekwondo tribe, YOU. ARE. AWESOME…

Then fix your fierce tiger glare on the list of incredible women below who have all attained dizzy heights in their chosen field or profession

AND

Who just so happen to ALSO have a Black Belt or higher in Taekwondo.

Knock yourself out.

(I’ve listed these fierce chicks in Alphabetical order as there is simply no way you could order them in terms of rank or importance. They’re all SIMPLY. BRILLIANT)

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Courage under fire: How Taekwondo lit the way for a teen in trouble

In order to rise from its ashes, a phoenix first must burn.

At just 20-years-old, Taekwondo Central Instructor and 3rd Dan Black Belt John Crawford has had to eyeball the kind of demons most of us would like to think NO ONE at his young age should have to stare down.

About two-and-a-half years ago (aged 17) he entered a period of darkness he would rather forget but over the worst of it now, John credits two things for driving him through it.

His Mum.

And Taekwondo.

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My Taekwondo Training is helping me parent my tween

It’s like taking a solid blow to the chest.

That gut-wrenching feeling you get when someone is hurting your child.
And not just once. But over and OVER again.
The fact the one doing the hurting is ALSO another child matters little to the fury you feel inside and the overwhelming desire to strike back. Am I right?
Of course you can’t strike back. And it burns.

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How to be a SUPER HERO parent

Lesson Number One:

Wake up one morning and decide (REALLY decide) every person in your family NEEDS a Black Belt in Taekwondo.
Literally.

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The Master’s Apprentice

Coal under pressure creates diamonds

If you have ever wondered how dedication to the martial arts principles of discipline, respect and courage could benefit you or your children in the long term, you need look no further than the sparkling example set by Taekwondo Central Head Instructor Ajana Plunkett…

This is a rare chance to hear her story, learn more about her taekwondo journey. It’s not an opportunity that comes along often because despite having accomplished so much, Ajana conducts herself with quiet confidence and humility.

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