Junior Nikita Chaychenko has a hobby that very few people do. That is Taekwondo, a Korean martial art that is different from other forms of fighting. Taekwondo originated in Korea in the 1940s and was influenced by karate, martial arts, taekwondo, scepters and martial arts.
“You use your legs more, you stand up and fight,” Chaychenko said.
Chaychenko has been working on this hobby for a while, and like everything else, it requires a lot of commitment. A good challenge is always fun for Chaychenko, playing alongside other competitors and competing at a high level.
“I’ve been kickboxing since I was four years old,” Chaychenko said. “I also played four games, which allowed me to improve my skills as a fighter.
Having learned many kickboxing techniques, for Chaychenko, breaking bricks is no problem. He believes that the other strengthening exercises he does outperform the ability to pierce through bricks and planks.
“We just train in a number of different ways, and actually breaking bricks is easier than you might think,” Chaychenko said. “It’s really hard about everything else.”
In addition to fighting skills, Nikita learned a number of important life lessons that he used to enhance his focus and make him the better person and fighter he is today.
“This whole thing taught me the most important self-discipline, self-esteem, patience and fair organization and many other life skills,” Chaychenko said.
Chaychenko wants to encourage others to start doing kickboxing. While this is a very intense regimen, it’s also a great form of exercise, and understanding basic self-defense skills can be useful. It’s a progressive fighting sport that only gets harder as you progress.
“It’s a great workout where we do a lot of different things and use a lot of different muscles that you might not be used to,” Chaychenko says. “It’s fun at first, but it gets harder as you progress, but if you stick with it, I promise you’ll love it.”
The second-level black belt also hopes to continue to pass on what he has learned to future taekwondo students. He believes the skills he has learned will help shape what future generations know as students of Taekwondo.
“I’m currently a lecturer, working part-time,” Chaychenko said. “I plan to continue to pass on what I have learned to future generations of students.”