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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!

Thank you for stopping by! This is the place to say G’day! Drop me a comment below, tell me about yourself and your interest in Taekwondo.

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


  1. Melanie Reply

    What an open and brave story Kristy! Thank you for letting us in on your top 5 tips. I am part of a Taekwondo family of four and a “late-starter” myself; I could not agree with you more on your hints!

    It is true – it takes a LOT of courage to join in on the action. But there really is no limit to the rewards we receive from sharing the achievements and milestones we gain side-by-side with our two children.

    I am really keen to read more about your Taekwondo adventure, please keep writing – I am hooked 🙂

    • Kristy Reply

      Wonderful to hear from you Melanie. Your kind comments are very much appreciated. I am so grateful to have you as a member of my Taekwondo Tribe. Look forward to sharing the journey. 🙂

  2. Rebecca Reply

    Hi Kristy,
    Thanks so much for writing up your story. The tips are really helpful.
    I’m so looking forward to reading more of your adventures.
    You and the other ladies from taekwondo have made it so great to join the club.
    For me, iIt had long been on my bucket list to try martial arts and when I had a close call at work it was definitely the time.
    I’ve learned so much training the last 3.5 years. It’s brought me out of my shell and helped me to become a more capable and happy person.

    • Kristy Reply

      That’s amazing to hear Rebecca! Good on you for having the courage to take that first step. I totally understand how daunting that can be but once you do, you never look back. 🙂

  3. Heather Tr Reply

    G’day! From metro Washington, DC 🙂 I started TKD when I was almost 50. I knew I needed to get more physically fit doing something and my daughter was taking classes at the time so I thought I’d join in. She decided not to continue training but I’m really enjoying it. Been on the path for 2 years now and I just made it to blue belt. I just discovered your blog and FB page. Looking forward to learning more and celebrating the journey.

    • Kristy Reply

      Hi Heather! I’m really so glad you stumbled across my site. I have found it to be an absolute joy to connect with other women who have discovered the joy of taekwondo or martial arts training generally later in life as I have. I never would have guessed when I started out just how much and in how many different ways it would enrich my life. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Congratulations for taking that daunting first step two years ago and please do keep in touch. I’d love to hear how your training progresses. Kristy x

  4. Pedro Francisco Reply

    Hello, Kristy
    First of all, congratulations for your blogspot, your story and your courage for the jorney you started…
    I’m a “later starter” in TKD… I’ve started in TKD just 2 weeks after my son, with 38 years old, and I’m now 1st. KUP, and expecting to be 1st. DAN soon. Flexibility, strenght, power, resistance? I know that I actually do my best to achieve all the targets I defined for myself! I can’t do better than this? Well, I do my best! I feel fit like never before, and I’m just on a single step from the Black Belt! It is just the first step on the martial arts way, but it is the Black Belt! As you said, only 1 in 20000 achieve the Black Belt!!! With Perseverance, everybody can achieve that level… after that? Just keep on training and live daily based on the TKD principles… and enjoy it! My son is keeping his way (he is 3rd. KUP now) and my wife started after us and she is at the moment 4th. KUP. We are a TKD family!!! A way of life!!! 😉

    • Kristy Reply

      Hi Pedro! Thank you sincerely for your kind comments. I’m really glad you dropped by. I love hearing about families who train together. The ultimate bonding experience. I actually have an earlier blog article about a family in my club who train together. 3 of the 4 of them achieved Black Belt very recently. My son will attempt his in November which I’m really excited about. Congratulations on all that you have achieved so far and please do keep in touch. 🙂

  5. Jess Reply

    My kids started taekwondo years back. So when my son went to the jnr classes I thought yup I can do this. That was 5 years ago. I’m now 34 years old I’m a red belt two stripe and man my body hurts and aches. It’s alotnof hard work and massages lol.

    Thanks for a great blog and site

  6. Jess Reply

    Hey from Melbourne.
    Thanks for writing this. What I find tough is when being held to the same flexibility as those younger than myself.

    I myself started taekwondo 5 years ago I’m now 34. I’m a red two stripe. My kids do it and even hubby lol.
    I look forward to discovering and reading more

    • Kristy Reply

      Hey Jess! It’s so great to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words of encouragement. I love hearing about parents (mums in particular!) training with their kids. I really believe it’s one of the best things I’ve done as a parent. You’re right though, thank goodness it provides a lot of personal satisfaction as the body does protest a bit at times! 😉

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