Got It!

I passed my grading, hooray! I now hold a third dan black belt in ITF Taekwondo and I\’m PROUD even though I\’m typing this one-handed because my left arm\’s in plaster.
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You have to understand the background. At school I was utterly rubbish at all sport.I couldn\’t catch, throw or hit a ball. I couldn\’t run or jump or do gymnastics or swim fast. I was the one hiding in the bogs with my feet up, reading SF magazines (thankyou Analog Science Fiction and Fact) until the ghastly games mistress came and shouted at me. The only sport I liked was fencing, though the instructor was an old letch (predictable really, at a girls\’ school in the days before political correctness). I wasn\’t very good at it but I liked the fighting.
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Probably today I would be diagnosed as dyspraxic and get all sorts of Help.
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Back then I got shouted or laughed at.
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So when I found martial arts it was a revelation – here was something I could do. It didn\’t involve any kind of ball – no kicking below the belt for instance. And it was fine to be aggressive and love fighting.
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Not that I was any good at it when I started, but the way Taekwondo is taught helped a lot and thanks to some very good instructors I\’m probably better at sport now than I ever was in my teens.
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So thankyou Taekwondo and all my instructors.
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And by the way, I\’m over 50 now and I can kick at my head height. I bet all the sporty girlies who used to laugh at my terrible netball passing can\’t do that any more.