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…
1. What prompted you to become a Taekwondo mum?
I trained for 2 years as a teenager. I stopped due to health reasons. My oldest son needed some help with co-ordination so I decided to give him a try at Taekwondo. He wanted to be a ninja at the time, so he didn’t need asking twice! My little one’s also jumped in for a try too.
I loved watching the kids learn and quickly became jealous of the fun they were having hitting the targets. I attended a women’s Self Defence course through the club and fell in love with the idea of training again.
I began the next term and never looked back. Within the space of 12 months I went from Blue 2 to Cho Dan Bo and will attempt my BB grading in 6 months. It took A LOT of adjusting!
I was already fit, but the flexibility and balance is something that you don’t use anywhere else! I’m hooked and I won’t give it up as long as I’m capable.
2. What do you hope to achieve through your Taekwondo training?
Flexibility, confidence to protect myself.
3. How do you feel your Taekwondo training benefits you?
It helps me not only physically but emotionally as well. The ranks, the goals, the friendships. They all have had a dramatic effect on my life, my ability to deal with pressure.
4. What would you say to someone thinking about trying Taekwondo?
Have a go! You have nothing to lose. Clubs are generally full of supportive people who love their art and want nothing more than to share and teach it to others. It can have effects on your life that you never imagined.
5. Has becoming a Taekwondo mum had an impact on other areas of your life such as family, career etc and if so, what are they?
Training has inspired me to teach others. It’s had such a significant impact on my life that I wish to pass on my knowledge, love and experience to other people. I want others to experience the benefits that I have and hopefully inspire others to have a go at the same time.
- If you would like to share your experience of Taekwondo to inspire others and be featured in my World Superhero Mum Club series, shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to hear from you! 😉