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Taekwondo: My deep-rooted passion

Updated on May 14, 2012
This is Imtiaz. A great player, made Bangladesh proud in many international and national tournaments :-)
This is Imtiaz. A great player, made Bangladesh proud in many international and national tournaments :-)

My first love

The story starts with my brother. He was 5. One day we got to know from somewhere that there is a school for martial arts nearby. My parents thought, boys need to be strong. So they admitted him there. Me and my sister was also taken care of. My family was into sports, so we were admitted in a cricket training school. Everything was good, we all were happy, suddenly don't know what came in my parents mind, they thought it would be great if all of their children learned martial arts! Dream of being a part of national women's cricket team for Bangladesh just vanished with a twinkling of eye. Back then, whatever my parents decided was final.

Okay. So we joined the martial arts school. Previously I thought all martial arts meant 'KARATE' but there I knew I was so wrong! There are so many different types of martial arts....the one we started to learn was Taekwondo. I wont describe much here, just FYI, it is the national sport in Korea. We used to go to a all girl's school, and our taekwondo school was for both girls and boys. My sister, being way more introvert than me, found it very difficult to cope up with the new environment. At first, we didn't like it at all.

Days passed by. We used to go there every alternate day. Our trainer, Dipu sir, was very strict about the discipline and training. We were not like most of the other girls here who are not used to sports or physical activities, but even then, did he torture us! After an appetizer of one-hour long warm up, he served us the main practice course. A minimum of 200 kicks, punches, blocks each we practiced our choreographed demonstrations. We used to curse him everyday. We prayed so much to God to get us out of that hell.

God listened to our prayer.

So 3 years were gone. Things were not like before. Our stamina increased. We got strong, really really strong. The torture became fun. we had races, we had competitions, something new everyday. We made new friends. It was like a new family to me. We eagerly waited for every 48 hours to pass so that we could go to taekwondo classes. What we didn't realize was, we were growing up. According to the social and religious stigma, doing any kind of physical activity in front of boys were not considered 'good' anymore. One day, our parents forbid us to go there. My whole world shattered. I had nothing other than taekwondo in my mind. I had so much yet to achieve. I wanted to get my black belt. I was preparing myself to participate in national tournaments. The only question run in my mind was, 'WHY? WHATS MY FAULT??'

A few last words

It was 1999-2002. I was only 14. I couldnt do anything, other than hoping that someday, I might get the chance again. Taekwondo schools for girls are not available here. My previous school didnt run anymore for some reason. But almighty god must have been really pleased with me, as in 2009 I found another taekwondo school in Dhaka. But it was too hard for me then. I was a 2nd year med student, had to be at med school from 7 am till 3 pm. My taekwondo classes started at 3:30 pm. I couldnt manage time to have lunch for a year or so. But after a year of 3 hour training session everyday, for a year, I finally proved myself worthy of my ever-worshipped black belt. Boy, was I happy! :-)

That's me, the only girl standing on the rightmost :-D
That's me, the only girl standing on the rightmost :-D

Ok then, lets see :-)

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      rupa 4 years ago

      loved ur story.i m 21 and i want 2 learn taekwondo or karate. Can u plz give me the address of some taekwondo or karate schools in gulshan area.it would b really helpful.

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      Just Sara 4 years ago

      Hello, I always have the tendency to learn taekwondo but now i want my son to learn that sport. Since i reside in gulsan, it would help me alot if you give an address, so i can admit my son to learn Taekwondo, he is only 5 which is appropriate age i assume. your help will be a blessing.

      Thanks

      Mother of Salman

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      Sanjida Alam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      Hello Kamrul,

      Have we met? Nice to know we are from the same background. Lee sir never was my trainer when I was there, so I cannot actually call him my master. I never got the chance to even meet him properly. And about Rana, LMAO, I really don't wanna sound like a hater......but there are reasons I would never take his name. I have no respect for a man because of whom I had to leave something I LOVED so deeply. Thanks for stopping by anyway! :-)

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      Sanjida Alam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      Dear Fahim,

      Let me do a little research and get back to you with the answer. Thanks for checking it out! :-) I am sorry for such late reply, but somehow I didn't get the notification of having a comment here.

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      Kamrul 5 years ago

      Hi you mention all your story it will be good to know your master lee ju sang and mr Mahmudul Islam rana who helped you to make your path easy to achieved black belt. Never ever forget to mention your masters name while you r telling any story of Taekwondo. Your dream won't be true if you don't have such masters who are working really hard to bring such prospect for all the practitioner. I already spend my 14 years of Taekwondo started in NSC under Btf still I remember my masters as I mentioned their name above. May Allah bless you

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      Fahim 5 years ago

      I loved your story.I want to learn Taekwondo as well, but I dont where is the TKD schools in Dhanmondi. Can u plz give me the address of some taekwondo schools in Dhanmondi, it would be really helpful.....

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      Sami 5 years ago

      How about gulshan or uttara? And thanks for ur help.

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      Sanjida Alam 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      Hi Sami, Thanks for liking my story. At Dhaka you can find the national Taekwondo Federation at National Sports Council (NSC). Its in Paltan, near Baitul Mukarram Market. Other than that there is school at Uttara, Gulshan Youth Club, Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi. If you specify the area I can help you collecting the address. I only know the full address of NSC cz thts where I learned.

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      Sami 5 years ago

      I want to learn taekwondo as well, but dont where these schools are at in Dhaka. Can u plz give the address of some taekwondo schools in Dhaka, it wud be really helpful. By the way I liked your story. :D

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      Sanjida Alam 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      Thank you Rajan Jolly. Taekwondo is also a great sport to keep one healthy and strong. And the best part is, it boosts your confidence to a much higher level!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I loved and enjoyed your hub. Learning to defend oneself is becoming more and more important each day as newspaper reports indicate higher rates of crime against against women.

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      Sanjida Alam 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      Thank u Ami.

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      ami 5 years ago

      :) nice

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      Sanjida Alam 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      Thats so nice of u........thanks! :-) And lol, yes I'll keep that in mind :-D

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      I loved your story. You are about the same age as one of my daughters. I showed them a few things, but they prefer surfing, diving and dance. One is a fitness model. I will tell you the same thing as I told them. If a boy gets fresh with you, break his nose.