One Woman’s Life-Changing Journey from Troubled Lost Soul to Taekwondo Black Belt
Despite the immense efforts to promote mental health awareness, cultural and societal stigma exists and is very pronounced in certain cultures and communities. Kicking and Screaming illuminates how people with mental illness usually hide behind their accomplishments while suffering in silence and often alone. The author of Kicking and Screaming shares how taekwondo transformed her life and provided emergency mental and emotional healing.
Readers, who are attempting to overcome adversity and dealing with setbacks, should definitely read Kicking and Screaming. In my opinion, Kicking and Screaming provides motivation and inspiration for readers to move forward despite the plateaus and possible entanglements from toxic relationships.
“I am left in awe of Melanie's courage to reveal her darkest struggles in the hope of helping others. Her fight to find the light inside herself and share it with the world is a tale of inspiration for anyone--martial artist or not. Let the breakthrough in these pages be a call to us all to transform from our own worst enemy to our own best friend.” – Ando Mierzwa, Happy Life Martial Arts
As a last desperate means to save her sanity, Melanie turned to a nearly forgotten childhood activity: the Korean martial art of taekwondo. To her surprise and delight, she discovered her childhood taekwondo instructors’ Grandmaster operated a taekwondo school a few miles from her home. She restarted her training as a white belt and quickly learned that taekwondo had much more to offer than just learning how to kick and punch.
In taekwondo, Melanie felt like she had a fresh start in more ways than one. She found an inner peace she’d never known before, a sense of community, a newfound confidence, healthy relationship stability, and a positive outlook on life. The kicking and screaming she was doing in class quieted the long-suffering kicking and screaming in her mind. Funny and frank, Kicking and Screaming is the story of Melanie’s life-changing journey from troubled, lost soul to confident taekwondo black belt.
About the Author:
Melanie Gibson began taekwondo training at age ten. At age twelve she stopped taekwondo to pursue other interests and resumed training in her early thirties.
Although Melanie had academic and career achievements throughout her life, she struggled with mental illness and low self-esteem. After making some progress through psychiatric treatment and counseling, she knew she needed to do something more substantial to make lasting changes. Returning to taekwondo had always been in the back of her mind, and the timing was right.
Taekwondo proved to be not only an opportunity to re-learn a beloved skill from her childhood but also a means to build her self-esteem and confidence and heal from old wounds. It brought a needed excitement and purpose to her life, which she shares in her blog Little Black Belt (http://littleblackbelt.com). While continuing to work at her full-time job, Melanie dedicated herself to taekwondo training and earned her first-degree black belt in 2015. In 2017, she earned her second-degree black belt. Although a pandemic and knee injury sidelined her training in 2020, Melanie plans to return to taekwondo and test for her third-degree black belt.
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