Those who refresh USC’s website every day might already know: this year the USC introduces new sports. We talked to Helge Moes, UvA-student and taekwondo instructor at the USC.
One of the new sports USC introduced is taekwondo, a Korean martial art that mainly focuses on self-defence. Helge Moes is the instructor for this new sport. “There used to be taekwondo at USC, but when I wanted to join it, it had suddenly disappeared. Around that time, I had obtained my second-degree black belt. So then I figured: ‘I will try to become taekwondo-instructor at USC.’ This is my dream job. Within a few weeks, we made a curriculum”, shares Moes.
Moes’ passion for taekwondo shines through his vivid stories about the sport. “Ever since I was a child, I watched all sorts of kung fu movies with my dad. When my dad was younger, martial arts started becoming more popular here. After my first taekwondo practice, I was exhausted. I thought to myself: ‘I need to do this.’ Taekwondo brought me so much in my life. When I was seven years old and started doing taekwondo, I wasn’t too ambitious or disciplined. My mental health also wasn’t amazing. Taekwondo is a lot more than just kicking around. If I didn’t do taekwondo, I wouldn’t have achieved what I achieved in my life. You learn to keep on fighting.”
Back to USC. Aren’t we students a bit too old to pick up taekwondo? “You’re never too old to start with taekwondo. In my previous school, there was a grey-haired man in his fifties who was the most flexible out of all of us. He could do splits and all. You can practice taekwondo at any age. Your experience doesn’t matter for my classes. I have taught people who had black belts and people with zero experience.” Luckily for Moes, Taekwondo is doing quite well at USC. You can sign up here! “In the first month, I’ve had a class of nine people. It’s taking off like a rocket.”