Lee Yi Yuet “YOUnique! TAEKWONDO Primary” (2018 - 2020)
I come from a low-income family and I was diagnosed with a tendency of autism at a very young age. My parents wanted me to improve my communications and interpersonal skills so they encouraged me to join this taekwondo programme. At the beginning, I was very upset because I didn’t like making vigorous body contact with my classmates and I usually cry on my way home after class. Things got better and I started to enjoyed the classes as I become friends with my coach.
There were a lot of difficulties along the way. Without the encouragement from my classmates and coach, I could not have come so far. There was a time when I needed to kick a wooden board during the belt assessment. I was afraid but my coach and classmates cheered me all the way and I successfully passed the test. There was another time when I didn’t want to join a taekwondo performance because I was scared that I could not perform well. But my coach reassured that I was capable of doing it. This gave me a huge confidence boost and we successfully pulled off some amazing moves and the audience enjoyed it a lot!
I have a green belt at the moment. Even though I still think taekwondo is very challenging to me, I enjoyed being part of it. Since joining the programme, I manage my emotions better and I pretty enjoy interacting with others now. I really appreciate my coach, IHKSports and their sponsorships for the support and guidance along the way.
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