Martial arts give her kicks
Tae kwon do is a Korean martial art with four basic skills. My favorite of the skills is board breaking. We also learn self-defense strategies, sparring techniques, and poom sae, which are defensive moves performed in sequence against an imaginary attacker. We also learn some Korean language, which will come in handy this summer when my class visits Korea and China for training and to see the sights.
I was fortunate to find a reputable tae kwon do academy in my area with top-notch instructors. They're highly skilled and create a supportive, nonintimidating environment for students of all skill levels. I'm not the most skilled or the fastest student in the class, and the sport doesn't come easily. I have scoliosis, which limits strength and flexibility in my back. Through my martial arts training, I've been able to work within my skill level while still pushing myself to improve. My flexibility and strength, as well as confidence, have improved.Many of my veterinary clients are aware of my hobby, and some of them have begun taking classes, too. Besides graduating from veterinary college, my tae kwon do training has been the most challenging and rewarding endeavor of my life. I plan to stick with it as long as I am physically able.
—Deanna Tickle, DVM
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