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Taekwondo blogger Kristy Hitchens aka The Mortal Mouse

Heads up though! This is NOT your traditional Taekwondo Blog. I’m not an instructor so a lot of what you will see here is less about technique and tradition and MORE about encouragement, inspiration and well…fun!

I started Taekwondo after watching my son train for 5 years and just after I turned the big 4-Ohhhhhh. It’s been an utter game-changer for me.

I decided to start a Taekwondo blog because I have made some wonderful connections all over the world with others who love all kinds of martial arts for fun and fitness. I’ve also found many experience the same ‘game-changing’ effect as me.

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 7000 times. It was my first article about Taekwondo 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 or shoot me an email and I’ll add you to my mailing list.

 

 

 

PS: You can also find new and re-published articles by me 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
Totally Tae Kwon Do Magazine
Taekwondo Times
Martial Journal

Confessions of a Facebook addict: Part 2

5 discoveries I made about happiness in Spacebook

Remember those nauseating Magic Eye 3D wall posters so trendy in the 90s that made you go cross-eyed as you stared at them waiting for the hidden image to pop out?

And once you finally SEE the hidden surprise, you just can’t bloodey unsee it?

Their creation was based on research into depth perception by a visual neuroscientist called Dr. Bela Julesz. His discoveries later influenced 70s artwork of wildly eccentric surrealist Salvador Dali – famous for his melting clocks, curled moustache and designing the Chupa Chups logo.

And you thought this was a blog about Taekwondo? Ha! Continue Reading »

Taekwondo training delivers newfound strength and joy

In *Nicole’s own words: As a 42-year-old I never thought I’d be where I find myself today – heading into a taekwondo class amongst a sea of children.

As the only adult donning a white belt, I feel a little out of place and somehow gigantic!

I’m the type of person who breaks into a sweat upon entering a gym. Not the endorphin inducing kind, but the get-me-out-of-here kind.
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Confessions of a Facebook addict: Part 1

My name is Kristy and I am a Facebook-o-holic. *gulp

At the time of writing, I am 20 days Facey (or Fancy!) free.

Maybe you’ve noticed (or not!), over the past year I have committed a significant chunk of my spare time to Taekwondo blogging and building a buzzing community around that blog.

The miracle of social media, or my particular brand of poison – Facebook – has been a massively valuable tool in finding the right audience. People just like you to connect with, bounce off and share my later-in-life journey into the martial arts with.

It’s been exhilarating.

But it’s also been exhausting. Continue Reading »

From giving up on life to eyes on Black Belt

Do you remember the story of brave Anaya in a previous blog article? She’s the young woman from India I introduced as my inspiration for the whole concept of Pink Belt Scholarships.

Last year she was forced to quit Taekwondo because she could no longer afford the fees after escaping a violent marriage and living on her own.

Her spirit crushed, she felt utterly worthless and close to giving up on life. Continue Reading »

8 tips from a High Performance Psychologist for crushing nerves and smashing goals

Think positive. Be confident. This is how I will totally nail my next Taekwondo grading exam.

Yep. Just gotta banish these feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, fear and stress and it’s in the bag.

Be GONE cretins! Easy as.

Think Positive, Be Confident and this time for sure my mind won’t go completely blank the minute I set foot on the mats in front of my instructor.

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Product Review: Elite Sports Punching Mitts

I’ve never been a particularly girly girl. No surprises there right? Haha.

But I have to admit, when Elite Sports presented an opportunity to test their punching mitts in neo yellow to match my super cool neo yellow boxing gloves…

Let’s just say the thought of a matchy matchy set had me more excited than a bunch of tweenagers at a sleepover party.

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Traits of friendships forged in the martial arts

“Friends come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.”

I’m not an early bird or a night owl. I’ve read that makes me some kind of permanently exhausted pigeon. *sigh

I’m especially averse to dragging myself out of bed early for exercise. Those who do, I salute you (toes pointing up) from the comfort of my pillow.

So with this in mind, I have surprised even myself lately by joining a group of my Taekwondo buddies once a week for pattern practice by the water at (omg!) 6.30am. Continue Reading »

Down a rabbit hole searching for the HIDDEN benefits of martial arts training

How could I have known that single decision, that very first step would lead me to here?

And, I’m wondering, where exactly is here? Plus I’m pretty sure you are too, or at least, where on earth I’m going with this.

The truth is, I don’t actually think I’m there yet. So I’m not sure where here is, what it looks like or how to point you in the right direction.

What I can tell you, is how the journey began… Continue Reading »

Pink Belt Scholarships awarded

Several Australian women in need have been awarded Pink Belt Scholarships – a joint project by a The Mortal Mouse and Australian Taekwondo to empower women through martial arts.

Thanks to a crowdfunding aspect of the project, two women who are both former victims of domestic violence – one in WA and one in New South Wales – have received $2,000 to cover all expenses associated with one year of Taekwondo training at their local school.

Funds will be paid direct to the two schools where the women will begin their training early in 2019.

And under matched scholarships offered by Taekwondo clubs and schools across Australia who threw their support behind the project, a further seven women have also been provided with an opportunity to train at no cost for a year and one for six months.

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Warrior breathing techniques to fire up your Taekwondo endurance and recovery

Our breathing underpins everything we do AND according to “The Warrior Coach” is the key to unlocking abundant energy, perfect health and optimal performance. I’d like to be less puffed out at Taekwondo training so I can work harder. I asked for some tips and here is what I discovered…

Some people love running with friends. Not me.

I prefer to run on my own.

Mostly because I’m about as slow as a turtle swimming through peanut butter. Still lapping everyone on the couch though! Haha.

I have mild asthma. When I can’t get control of my breathing and start seeing stars, panic sets in which of course just makes the whole thing worse.

So the hardest part of running for me is concentrating on keeping my breathing steady. It actually works really well as an active meditation because it takes up all of my focus.

So talking of breathing, you might recall my previous article containing 6 Taekwondo tips from Australia’s most qualified female instructor Carmella Hartnett.

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