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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Taekwondo - First grading

I've been attending Taekwondo since August 05, mainly to get fit & to do something regularly with my eldest son.

The club I attend has two classes, one at 6pm, the other following at 7:15. The classes are split by ability, so beginners first. However, being a 6'5" 36 year old, I tend to stand out in a class full of kids, all younger than 15.

When I started, I just didn't want to get in the way, and as time has gone on, I've developed the utmost respect for my fellow trainees. The class is quite strict, and the instruction is all about learning by example.

Monday 12 December was my first grading as a white belt, and for the first time in donkeys years, I'm stood in a room full of adults being watched while being marked on my ability.

It didn't help that the instructor pointed out to the assembled audience that it took guts as an adult to stand up with the youngsters. I was kind of hoping to get on the floor, do what I needed to do, and move off again. Nervous doesn't quite cover it. At one point, I was shaking like a leaf.

My son & I both passed so we are now white belts, yellow tags.

We both need to go more often in the new year, it's only with continuous practice that it becomes natural.

One down-side, the tags have to be sewn on to your belts, something else I haven't done in years !!


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