If someone is reading this and hasn’t stepped onto a Taekwondo mat what would you say to help them to give it a go?
I’d say that there is something for everyone in Taekwondo. Whether you want to compete professionally or just train at the club recreationally, or whether or not you want to specialise in Kyorugi or Poomsae or both, there’s something for everyone.
Taekwondo is really inclusive and even if you feel different you will feel welcome in the Taekwondo community. I was such a quiet person who lacked a lot of confidence when I started, but it has really helped me with my confidence. The values I’ve learned through Taekwondo have really helped shape me as a person now into my adult life.
What is the best thing about Taekwondo?
That is probably one of the hardest questions I’ve had to answer!
I think the relationships you make are such a big part of the experience. Everyone’s like a big family and are so encouraging and supportive of each other both inside and outside the club.
Also the fact there’s always something new to learn. There is always the opportunity to progress and improve, and that is really motivating and helps to keep people engaged!
There’s something for everyone! Taekwondo also helps build and develop skills and values for life such as perseverance, time management and respect.
What are your hopes for the future in your Taekwondo journey?
I recently completed my assistant coach qualification so am hoping to build on this in the next few years and gain experience to take a more active coaching role within the club. I’m also now a Poomsae judge and excited to take this role further and gain more judging experience.
We wish Eden and everyone at Cheol Taekwondo Academy the very best, and thank Eden for sharing her Taekwondo story with us.