5th Kup Taekwondo - training for my 4th Kup. Love everything (well OK - not everything - jumping is not so good) about TKD.
At the start of the long haul to diagnosis I had to take 8 months out whilst x-rays, mris etc. were done to rule out prolapsed disc/nerve compression in my neck; absolute torture sitting and watching TKD training every week for 8 months! I’m pretty sure Neuro’s don’t expect “That’s great! When can I get back to Taekwondo training?” as a response to “We think you have multiple sclerosis”.
Working on balance not only when standing still but when on the move, changing direction, turning, spinning moves etc. Core strength exercises, flexibility - we had a really good stretching session at the end of training last night - and mental awareness, concentration, agility even - learning and performing the various patterns (especially when you start at your highest pattern work down to the white belt exercises and then back up through the patterns to your highest again - brain overload! But in a good way).
The overall discipline of TKD is something that I thoroughly enjoy - finding a group of people who practice mindfulness meditation (perhaps without even realising they are doing so), the time spent performing the patterns when nothing else is of importance, all other thoughts put to one side and just focusing on the breathing, tension and relaxation of the movements.
Did I mention - I love Taekwondo