How the yoga tree pose improved my Taekwondo kicks

Curious as to whether Taekwondo and yoga go together, whether adding yoga into my training mix would help improve my Taekwondo kicks, I launched a 14 day group challenge on my Facebook page. Here’s what happened…

  • An assistant instructor at my club uncovered a Jedi-like hidden talent for standing on one leg
  • Breathing through the burn in my butt cheeks created quality time to shoosh my busy brain
  • I discovered JUST 14 days is enough time to see REAL change

Here’s how it all started.Practising yoga tree pose for improved taekwondo kicks

I have REALLY weak ankles. As in, the joints are VERY bendy (that’s a technical medical term btw!) and so sprain easily.

Decades of roll overs have never really hurt the joint so much as all the ligaments and tendons that support the joint, which I now picture to be all stretchy like melted mozzarella cheese when you bite the end off your pizza slice.

So I have now reached the kind of mid-range of belt levels in my journey towards black, and I realise I am required to start showing a bit more balance and control to master the next lot of kicking techniques.

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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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