Martial Arts Journey

Our Journey To Japan

Our journey through Japan was a remarkable adventure filled with cultural immersion, personal discovery, and unforgettable experiences. Over eight days, we explored the distinct contrasts between Japanese culture and our own, delving into the heart of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Each day offered a new chapter in our exploration, from the bustling streets of Shibuya and Akihabara to the serene beauty of Kyoto's shrines and the historical grandeur of Osaka Castle. This travelogue...

Fifth Month of Tae Kwon Do

Mikey: Fifth Month of Tae Kwon Do – Grading/ SE Open

Welcome back to my martial arts journey in this blog we will dive deep into what this month has brought me, from doing a grading to going to a competition. This blog will cover everything that we did in the months leading up to the grading and the competitions. Update on the Gradings: As mentioned in my previous blog our Sabeom (teacher) was changing how the gradings would unfold from the content that was going...

Tae Kwon Do Month 4

Mikey: Fourth Month of Tae Kwon Do

This year has been a great start to Tae Kwon Do with a lot of things happening and a lot of of things are changing about the way our Saboom (teacher) was running our lessons. This edition of the series will be long as there is quite a lot to unpack, so let’s get into it! First Week: Before we even got to our first lesson of the week we received an email from our...

Mikey: Month 2-4 Competitions & Yellow Stripe Grading

In the past 4 months we have been hard at work learning Korean, our patterns and competitions, in this entry I will catch you up with everything that has happened ready for the new year! This period was a really good introduction to Martial arts and has inspired me to bring my best to every lesson, from becoming a part of the SDMA family to winning my first gold medal at the EMAP...

First Month In

Mikey: Month 1 and a Bit: Starting Tae Kwon Do

Ever since I was younger I've always been fascinated by action films especially ones with hand-to-hand combat i grew up on films like: karate Kid, Rush hour (any Jackie Chan film to be honest) and I'm currently watching Cobra Kai. I then moved on to Anime and fell in love with stories with a lot of action and well portrayed emotions, Anime like Tokyo Ghoul will remain favourites till the end. I had...

Chris: My return to Tae Kwon Do after 18 Years

You’d never guess it from my curvaceous “Dad-bod” and terrible fitness, but 18 years ago I was a fitness machine! I weighed 70kg, ironically that’s more than I weight now but only 6% body fat vs the 29% I carry around my waste like an 1980s “bum bag”. My History with Tae Kwon Do I was head fitness instructor for Fitness First’s flagship branch and would cycle to work, take several classes a day, then...

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