Salam and hai!
Hoping everyone in the best of health and imaan.
Taekwando has been part of my life since i was 9 and that was 16 years ago. The one and only my favourite activity because obviously i wont get into any real fight kan so masa class taekwando je boleh acah bantai orang haha k jokeeee!
When i started at white belt, i enjoyed myself sooo much. Kebanyakan my friend masuk kejap je lepas tu tak tahan, keluar. Evey week pergi training dekat sekolah, weekend pulak sambung dekat dewan. It was sooo much fun back then. If i have to miss taekwando class for any reason, i jadi tak seronok, feel like i missed out on something and nak tunggu the next class tu fuhh sumpah rasa lama haha. i learned sooo many things tau like proper stances, proper blocks, sparring training and self defense techniques. Everything is not as easy as it seems when you kena buat proper techniques and method. Even bila you buat pattern pun ada swing dia to make your steps look more powerful. So each year, i akan at least ambik 2-3 test untuk dapat another rank. From white belt, to white-yellow, yellow, yellow-green, green, green-blue, blue, blue-red, red, red-black and black belt!
It took me a while to prepare for my black belt test. Practice breaking boards paling tough i rasa sebab test my kicking technique and strength. Sparring and pattern i dah biasa masuk tornament so not a really big deal for me. But alhamdulillah, i dapat my 1st Dan Black Belt when i was 14. 1st Dan rank ni penting k sebab baru you boleh rasa you senior compare to belt lain walaupun obviously colour belt pun still based on ranking jugak haha and yes, you get much more respect compare to others. When you reach senior belt, you are expected to ajar your junior. By the end of class, after you lead junior bowing to your master, junior will bow back to you. Bowing means the act of lowering the torso and head as a social gesture or respect. Bows are used when begin and end class, sparring bouts and during tornament.
My favourite thing to do ofcoz sparring! i joined few tornaments and alhamdulillah everytime pun bawa balik medal. Sakit ofcoz haha everytime balik tornament, bengkak sana, bengkak sini and paling worst pun retak la belum pernah patah lagi tapi rasa puas. All the pain rasa worth tau. Taekwando banyak improve myself as it makes me more confident. So i memang pasang impian nak jadi wakil Malaysia if possible hehe coz the highest level i pergi tornament was wakil negeri. So i thought, if i teruskan taekwando dekat UPM, the chances to join Malaysian team lagi tinggi. By the time i prepare untuk join tornament for MASUM which the opportunity for me untuk compete masuk team Malaysia, i did went to few tornament jugak and never that i know, i akan stop taekwando forever before i sempat masuk MASUM.
My second tornament before Masum, i pergi and my hand retak, kaki pun bengkak. But sebenarnya memang everytime after tornament pun i akan kena benda yang sama but this time lain. Few weeks pun still sakit and thats when doktor cakap i takboleh main taekwando atas faktor kesihatan. Fuhh sakit beb. The first two years was tough. i like macam takboleh terima. sebab benda yang you sayang, you suka since kecik tiba tiba you takboleh buat dah. Lost kejap. Tengok orang pakai uniform i rasa nak nangis. Dulu, if i stress pun i akan pergi taekwando untuk release stress. So, i pergi jugak untuk training je and not preparing for any tornament dah and after few months, i jadi stress sebab orang lain training untuk tornament and i takboleh pergi, so i stop. sampai sekarang. And that was 5 yeas ago huhu now i am all good.
Cumanya kalau ternampak gambar lama, i rasa rindu sangat but takde rasa nak join dah. i bukan muda lagi takkan nak kick sana punch sini lagi kan. i dah stop lama dah. If suruh i sparing sekarang pun i tak yakin i boleh buat dah. My flexibility pun dah kelaut but alhamdulillah for the memories i treasued them a lot. i really hope my kids (if i have any in future) akan join taekwando jugak. Mungkin boleh sambung hasrat i nak jadi wakil Malaysia haha.
p/s: when i was a white belt, selalu rasa cooool gila senior black belt. Lepas i dapat my black belt, wow i rasa betul betul cooool haha dasar lo.
Take care and stay safe everyone!
Lots of Love,