Pow. One Smithton woman who knows her lamb chop from her karate chop is Alison Hanson.
Ms Hanson who turned 46 on the night of attaining her first dan Blackbelt last week (11.9.13) in the Shim Jang Tae Kwon Do discipline, says she is thrilled with her achievement in the sport which she loves and has been doing for the past 11 years.
Her strict training regime has also paid off because the karate-loving mum is also the first woman in Tasmania to be awarded and recognised for this discipline by getting her first dan Blackbelt.
The timber smashing mum is just at home breaking a piece of board in two with a lightning kick of her foot as she is exercising a powerful karate chop with her hand to turn a piece of timber into kindling.
The mother of nine also said it was a terrific way to stay focused and a great way to relieve all of the daily stresses people build up.
“One of the greatest benefits it has given me is the sense of discipline and determination that flows from the sport,” Ms Hanson said.
“It is a fantastic sport for every member of the family but especially for women because it offers a great way to defend yourself and give you a confidence that just stays with you and helps you to get through the day a little easier and calmer.”
Training can be quite rigorous but like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it, Ms Hanson said.
“It has taken me 11 years to finally achieve this level of success but the benefits have been enormous both physically and emotionally,” Ms Hanson said.
“It takes about two years of training both the body and the mind to get each new dan level once you have achieved your first, and there are nine dans to aim for.”
And what has been the greatest thing she has gotten out of the sport personally?
“It’s the sense of perseverance and to never give up and to keep going,” Ms Hanson said.
Ms Hanson said it is a great sport for the whole family and anyone wishing to give it a go is welcome to rock up to the Senior Citizens’ Centre on Tuesday nights with training from 6-7pm.