Alec Kirkham 2nd Dan Assistant Instructor – My Story
As a teenager and in my twenties I trained in the art of Taekwondo until I was forced to give it up due to injury. Fast forward 15 years and my eldest son (Aaron 7 yrs old) comes home from school with a leaflet about Taekwondo. We quickly enrolled him at Airdrie Taekwondo and he loved it. After a year of watching him train I decided to also join the club, I was now in my late 30’s and nowhere near the levels of fitness I had in my 20’s and could definitely benefit from shifting a few pounds. My fitness soon came back to me and within 6 months I had lost 16 kgs. After 4 years of training side by side with my son we both went for our black belt grading together and we both passed
My youngest son (Sam) also joined the club and started training towards his black belt.
3 years later we are still training, Aaron and I are now 2nd degree black belts and Sam is getting ready for his Black tags grading.
As you can see Aaron has grown, not only in height but also in his confidence, strength and sparring abilities. I can no longer compete with his speed and flexibility but we still enjoy training and sparring with each other. Aaron now trains with the Scotland Taekwondo squad so perhaps one day he may get to compete for his country.
Being a member of the club also gives us opportunities to compete in completions with other clubs at both local and national level, here are just a few of the medals and cups won by Aaron and Sam this year: –
If you are looking for an activity that you can do together as a family then I would definitely recommend Taekwondo, the benefits are tremendous. So rather than being a taxi service taking your children to and from their clubs why not stay and take part at this one.