Junior takes taekwondo to the next level


Junior Nikita Chaychenko has a hobby that few people can do. It’s Taekwondo, a Korean martial art that differs from other forms of combat. Taekwondo originated in 1940s Korea, stemming from influences such as karate, martial arts, taekkyeon, gwonbeop, and subak.

“You use your legs a lot more and you fight standing up,” Chaychenko said.

Chaychenko has been engaged in this hobby for some time now, which like everything else takes a lot of commitment. A good challenge is always fun for Chaychenko besides competing against other competitors and competing at a high level.

“I’ve been doing taekwondo since I was four years old,” Chaychenko said. “I also participated in four tournaments which allowed me to improve my skills as a fighter.

With learning many taekwondo skills, breaking bricks is no problem for Chaychenko. He believes the other hard training he does outweighs his ability to smash through bricks and planks of wood.

“We just train in different ways and breaking bricks is actually easier than expected,” Chaychenko said. “It’s really everything else that’s difficult.”

Along with fighting skills, Nikita learned many important life lessons along the way which he used to improve his focus and make him the best person and fighter he is today.

“All of this mostly taught me about self-discipline, self-respect, patience and just organization along with so many other life skills,” Chaychenko said.

Chaychenko hopes to encourage others to start doing Taekwondo. While this is quite an intense regimen, it’s also a good workout and might be useful to know about for basic self-defense skills. It’s a progressive combat sport that gets harder and harder as you go.

“It’s a great way to exercise, we do a lot of different things and use a lot of different muscles that you might not be used to,” Chaychenko said. “At first it’s fun, but it gets harder as you progress, but if you stick with it, I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.”

The second degree black belt also hopes to continue teaching what he has learned to future taekwondo students. He believes the skills he learned will help shape what future generations will experience as taekwondo students.

“I’m currently an instructor and I work part-time,” Chaychenko said. “I plan to continue teaching what I have learned to future generations of students.”

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