Taekwondo was developed over 2000 years ago where in 1790 tae kwon do fors were used to train the military under the order of King Jung Zo. Since then Taekwondo has evolved into the martial art and sport that we currently do, and has became the second largest sport around the world.
In the year 2000 Taekwondo was introduced to the Olympic Games where the only 2 Australians that won medals, (Lauren Burns won gold and Daniel Trenton won silver) were trained by Mr No.
At the age of 26 I started Taekwondo, and after 12 months due to work and personal commitments I couldn't continue and stopped for a period of 13 years, but with the promise to myself that I would one day restart. At the age of 39 I decided it was time to start doing Taekwondo again as my son Kye was also keen to try the sport. We both joined Joon No's Taekwondo in 2010.
I soon realised my mind was still thinking I was 26 but my body was telling me otherwise. With a few weeks of feeling a little stiff, sore and a few minor strains I began to feel fitter and more flexible. As the weeks turned to months, I became more interested in the competition side of Taekwondo. I was not concerned about winning; to me it is about the experience of fighting which would also give me the confidence to use Taekwondo should I be forced to use it to defend myself or my family.
To me Taekwondo is a martial art that is not just about fighting and self defence, it also teaches you respect, helps you develop coordination, fitness, strength both physically and mentally, discipline and flexibility. These attributes not only help you become better at Taekwondo but they also help you be the best at whatever you choose to do in life.