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Girls Love Tae kwon do

Apr 3, 2008
I went to a nightly adult tae kwon do lesson and was changing in the locker room.

The final kid's lesson had just finished so there were two girls in the locker room changing to go home. I'm an instructor so I recognized them as they have been in my own kid's tae kwon do class. It just so happened that one of the girls is in the same grade as my son. They go to school together.

I noticed she was staring at me, which is not necessarily unusual for kids in a locker room. I smiled at her and she decided to talk to me.

"Is DJ your son?"

"I am," I said.

She didn't seem to have anything else to say so I figured our conversation was over. She surprised me when she said,

"I think he's lucky."

Talk about curious. None of my sons has much to say about their school day when they get home. My husband assures me it's normal. Now, I was excited to find out what interesting thing had gone on that my son forgot to tell me about.

"Why do you think he's lucky?" I ventured.

"He's lucky his mom is so strong."

I was confused for a moment. Then I recalled that she had seen my 3rd degree black belt test a few months before. She had a front row seat to my break test, where I set two concrete pavers on a platform like dominoes on end and broke them with one back kick. Even I was surprised that I'd done it because I had only practiced with light pads, wanting to save the real thing for that moment during the test.

She was at the test because she'd worked to the bodan level which is just before black belt. She was participating in the test to earn her first black belt, a great achievement for anyone. But at that moment, she looked at me as if I walked on water.

And for a split second, I thought I could.

I am a reluctant hero. It both pleases and embarrasses me when people praise my martial arts techniques. Yet when I think back to my childhood, there were very few female athletes that I could look up to.

Girls need role models. So for that reason, I'm humbled but willing to suffer a little hero worship
About the Author
Before you decide on a martial art for your child, visit Kalynn Amadio's website, Taekwondo-Network for information on the most popular martial art in the world. A tae kwon do girl in the making will thank you for it.
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