He started because his entire family was doing it at the time and thought it would be fun to try and perform some punches and kicks. James thinks mainly what you get from Taekwondo is the experience and the knowledge “You get to know that Taekwondo isn’t just about fighting, it’s about learning how to defend yourself in numerous ways that isn’t ‘retaliation,’ if that makes sense.”
James likes the experience of a sudden rush of pride when you do a technique correctly or for the first time, and he thinks that goes for patterns as well if you put enough practice and effort into learning them!
Personally, James finds stamina management to be one of the more challenging things about Taekwondo “You can be in a situation where you’ve just done a warm up and stretch, and then suddenly find yourself doing a series of techniques that can be really tricky because of the sheer amount of energy that is required to pull them off.”
James’ biggest achievement (so far) is probably receiving his Black-Stripe Belt, or perhaps double grading from Yellow-Stripe to Green-Stripe. He remembers working very hard for those gradings and receiving his belt made him feel incredibly proud for what he had done.
On why he would recommend Taekwondo to others, James says “If you want to get into martial arts, I think doing Taekwondo is a great place to start. We will welcome you with open arms!”
James’ favourite kick has got to be turning kick, back kick, all of the step-up kicks, and hook kick. (James’ Instructor Chris Pearson: “So basically everything then!”).