A Year for Claire House Charity- I’m Scared of Heights!!

Everyone likes to try and fundraise for a charity, its’s a nice thing to do, right? Well guys, i may have lost my bloody mind!!

This year is all about challenging myself and pushing beyond my comfort zone, i think i may be about to do that, hopefully not too much!

I am taking part in the Liverpool Cathedral Abseil for the Claire House childrens charity! Mad isn’t it!!

Liverpool Cathedral Charity Abseil

On the 22nd of August 2020 i will be abseiling 150 ft down the front of Liverpool’s Gothic Anglican Cathedral to fundraise for this great charity. Sounds great fun doesn’t it? Well it would be, except i am terrified of heights!! I mean terrified! I must have lost my mind. However the work these guys do needs our support.

As i said 2020 is the year i challenge myself and this is just part of that. Therefore before i trust my life to a thin rope, i will also be taking part in 20-mile Great Orme Giant Walk in March and the 15-mile Wirral Coastal Walk in June, I am also hoping to complete a trip up Snowdon as well before the abseil.

Claire House Charity Fundraising

Claire House is an amazing charity that provides help to children who are seriously or terminally ill live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing a sense of normality to family life. They provide specialist nursing and emotional care at a time when families really need it.

My minimum fundraising target is £200.00, but i am sure with the 4 different events i am doing we can smash that target out of the water. 

Every £1 helps!!

I know times are tough for a lot of people at the momet, but these guys need all the help we can give. If you would like to donate please follow the link below to my JustGiving Page.

Donate by clicking above!!

Book Review: A Killing Art – by Alex Gillis

Book Review - A Killing Art by Alex Gillis

This book review was originally posted on my old blog.

Wow… What can i say about this book other then wow!! Alex Gillis takes you on a roller-coaster of a ride through the dark and murky depths of Taekwondo. Gillis is himself a third degree black belt in the Korean martial art, having studied under some of the pioneers of the system.Through this 256 page book, Gillis takes a hard hitting look at the history, myths and outright lies that have plagued this art. A must read for any practitioner, either ITF/WT, or any of the many splinter organisations.

From backstabbing to espionage, from bribes to assassination plots and death squads, the history of Taekwondo seems like a daytime soap opera. Gillis starts in that dingy card game where tempers where lost and fates decided, and takes us through the seemingly opposing political ideologies between North and South Korea. Along with the expected stories of the communist regime, I learnt a lot about the heavy handed dictatorship that ran the south of the peninsula. 

General Choi is an enigma of a character who seemed to have lived and breathed Taekwondo. On one hand he sacrificed everything to help  its growth around the world, while on the other hand he hurt and pushed away anyone who couldn’t help him, including his own son. The book takes you on a emotional journey from anger to deep sadness as we see Choi fight against the corrupt South Korean dictatorship, who will do anything to stop his version from growing, and sell his soul to the evil that is the North.

The claims of cheating, and ‘Branch Pruning’, that have occurred in Olympic Taekwondo is shocking. As recently as London 2012 there has been claims that judge’s would influence who made it through the early rounds with favourable, scoring.

The differences in spelling and format of Taekwondo, although explained, is quite distracting and the same can be said for the way the Korean names are presented. I would of also have like to have seen more information since the death of Choi, maybe this could be included in a future update? Personally, i would love to have seen more information on some of the other offshoot organisations, such as my own TAGB, but i understand why its not in there.

Overall a great read and one that i would recommend to anyone.

4/5 stars.

Buy A Killing Art – The Untold History of Taekwondo by Alex Gillis at Amazon

If you would like me to write a review for your book or media, please feel free to drop me a message!

Health and Fitness Goals – New Year New Me… Again

Health and Fitness New YEar

Oh look at the time!! It comes around so fast! It’s a new year, which of course means a renewed interest in health and fitness.

I’ve been… err… predisposed with life shit. Life shit sums it up pretty well; life has been pretty shit after all. But thats in the past, i hope, and we are looking forward.

Hope you all had a happy Christmas and your new year is off to a great start. 

The world is fresh, opportunities are everywhere and the world is your oyster and all that jazz!

So you know what that means? Its #NewYearNewMe health and fitness time… again.

If you’re new here, take a trip to my About Me page to learn a bit more… about me and my fitness struggles.

It’s time for me to sit down and have a good honest look at myself and what I want to be by the end of 2020. So here I am, with a coffee and a persimmon trying to think of what I want to aim for. 

Let’s have a quick recap of 2019. 

As I said earlier, it was awful, I mean pretty awful, my mental health and physical fitness went down the swannie quicker then the £ after Brexit. Things got so bad at one point that i am honestly a bit surprised that I am still here. But I’m slowly getting back on an even keel. Unfortunately the downside of this has been my finances have taken a hit, hard. This meant that Taekwondo was out of the question and my weight went up.

I am currently sitting at 315.75 LBS and looking like a walking advert for a donut. But remember its #NewYearNewMe, so that means we go again, hopefully with more success this time.

So what are your goals?” shouts that one person who stumbled across my blog by accident. 

Well i’ll tell you.

  • First of all, and most importantly, i want to be more consistent. I want to commit more time and regularity to my overall health. That includes mental as well as physical.
  • I would love to lose at least 50% of my excess weight. So that would be around 58 LBS!!! Thats a lot of chickie nuggies that have been consumed.
  • I would like to get back to Taekwondo and graded to at least blue belt (i think thats possible, im currently a green belt).
  • I would like to medal in a TKD competition too, big ask i know.
  • It would be great if i could lose enough weight to not need my CPAP machine, boy that thing is a pain in the night.
  • Charity is feeling important to me this year, I feel after the election we all need to band together and protect those most vulnerable. So im planning on doing some walking challenges, most probably for a mental health charity or Alder Hey children’s hospital.
  • I want to be able to complete a 5K by the end of the year. Hopefully i can enter my slightly less fat ass into the Liverpool Santa Dash.
  • And finally i am hoping to put the wheels in motion for a change of career, but thats under my hat for now.

So we go again, I will be writing in this blog more and checking in with my weekly progress on my Facebook and Instagram or feel free to drop me a message below or by EMAIL.