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Still in the right place? Keen to read about Taekwondo topics and martial arts generally? Maybe you even started training later in life like me? Ok. Excellent!

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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 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

The Benefits of Martial Arts

And why the profound effect?

Andrea Harkins – aka The Martial Arts Woman – is a published author of two motivational books, a martial artist, instructor, motivator, blogger, and speaker. Kristy Hitchens – aka The Mortal Mouse – took up taekwondo just over a year ago after watching her son train for five years. As a newspaper journalist and freelance writer she made sense of the journey by writing about it. When she discovered others could relate to the benefits of martial arts she experienced, blogging seemed an obvious step.

This is what happened when their minds came together from opposite sides of the world, Andrea in Arizona USA and Kristy in Australind, Australia…

KRISTY

Something seriously weird has been happening to me.

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Can martial arts be friends with music?

Talking about music and martial arts in the same sentence feels a bit like poking an ants’ nest with my big taekwondo toe.

I miiiiiiiight JUST get away with it unharmed or…

I may exit the scene shortly in a vast hurry with a few savage bite marks.

Either way! Where some will fear to tread, The Mortal Mouse will dive right in.

Stand by dear reader: Here it comes!

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What happened when Mom Courtney took up Taekwondo

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


When Courtney started her Taekwondo journey age 39, she was the ONLY student in her class for adults. It has since grown to 8 and Courtney says becoming a Taekwondo mom has given her peace, fulfilment and a part of herself she thought had been lost forever…


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What happened when Mom Sylvia took up Taekwondo

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


When she swapped the gym for her local dojang just to keep her two boys company as they started their Taekwondo training, mom Sylvia says she would never have believed the ‘world of inspiration and friendship’ she would find there…


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What happened when mum Kelly took up Taekwondo

Meet Taekwondo mums from around the world who have made the later-in-life decision to take up martial arts and hear about the profound impact it 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, mum 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…

It’s traditional to train barefoot but what if that doesn’t work for you? Is wearing taekwondo shoes for training a cop-out? Only for sooks? First, a story…

My 10 year old son is a rule follower. My son Lucas and I

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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