After getting married I felt the draw again back into martial arts and I looked through the yellow pages to see if there were any ITF clubs close to home. I found a club in Mt Waverley and I went along to a class. I had stopped training ITF back in 1991, a break of nearly 8 years out of the style. But it felt like coming home. The instructor was a 2nd Dan black belt and he advised that his club was having a grading on the following Saturday and that I should come down to watch. I turned up on grading day and walked into the hall. Sitting at the examiners table was my original black belt examiner Mr Daher who was now a 6th Dan. He recognised me straight away and I sat down following the grading to talk through where I'd been. Not long after starting training again the instructor at Mt Waverley asked if I'd be interested in teaching. I said yes and picked up one class a week. Not long after this I was asked to grade to 2nd Dan by Mr Daher. In June 1999 I graded to second degree; my baby daughter Madeleine was 5 months old. My preparation in the lead up to the grading included extra training sessions of an hour in length, where I would do my entire set of patterns one after the other. I would walk in dry and walk out dripping in sweat even though it was winter! Again I had set myself a goal, trained hard and achieved. But now I was struggling with juggling a growing family, work and Taekwon-Do. In spite of everything going on training physically was helping with managing stress levels and keeping my mind at ease.
Quote - “With self-discipline, most anything is possible” – Theodore Roosevelt
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