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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

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.

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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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Fight for Change and the mystery of martial arts!

Many people who have taken up a form of martial arts like Taekwondo will tell you they experienced a somewhat magical transition where the practice became not so much a part of their life, but a way of life.

And through this process, their club becomes not a place where they turn up once or twice a week to train, but something inside of them.

This was how it felt when Taekwondo Central and its members gathered behind me in support of Saturday’s Fight for Change event, hosted by Hitfm breakfast radio presenters Jesse and Juelz.
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Pink Belt Scholarships: Apply Now!

Applications are now open for Pink Belt Scholarships: All expenses associated with one year of Taekwondo training including uniform and equipment covered for a woman living in Australia who could benefit from this gift of empowerment.

Who can apply: Applications will be accepted from Taekwondo schools or clubs ONLY. Scholarship funds will be paid direct by Australian Taekwondo to the club or school where the scholarship beneficiary intends to train in two $1,000 instalments. One on December 31, 2018 and one on June 30, 2019.

Taekwondo clubs: Find women in your community who could benefit from learning Taekwondo but cost prevents them from participating.

Women: Approach your local Taekwondo club or school and ask the instructor there to make an application on your behalf.

How to apply:

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More energy for Taekwondo with 6 quick food tips from a dietitian to the elites

Do you wish you had more energy? Balancing family and work while trying to eat healthy, smash out your Taekwondo goals and not lose the plot completely is hard. So I’ve sought the advice of qualified sports dietitian Erica Stephens for some quick and easy hints that will not only improve your overall health, but somewhat magically deliver your body with more energy so everything just seems a little bit easier…

Last week I travelled with my husband for two hours to arrive at the gates of a concert I had been hanging out to see for months only to have the gate attendant point out that our tickets were for the next night.

See! Says so RIGHT THERE on the TICKETS! *cue teeny emotional meltdown

Life is busy am I right? Things had been so hectic in my house the previous few weeks with preparing my son for his Black Belt grading plus working behind the scenes on my Pink Belt Scholarship project on top of all the usual guff.

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