Daryl Devore's Blog

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Monday, 20 September 2021

Daryl Devore talks about what side skill she has and how she has used it in her writing. #OpenBook #writers

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I have a 2nd Dan black belt in TaeKwonDo. That means 2 white stripes on my black belt.

When my daughter was 8(?), I decided to put her into a martial art class where she could learn to protect herself. We live out in a quiet rural area, and I knew she wouldn’t be spending all of her life in the safety of this community. I would drive her to class then sit on the bench as she learned to punch and kick. One day, Ma’am, the female instructor, pointed out I should join class as I just sat there for the hour. She had a solid logical point that I couldn’t refute. So, I joined.

TaeKwonDo is very family oriented and Grand Master Lee (9th dan) insists on it. So she and I worked through our belts and received our black belts together. Although, hers was a Poom as she wasn’t old enough to have a black belt. We continued training, working to the level of 2nd dan when life took a hard shift left for our Sah Bum Nim (5th dan level instructor) and his school closed, and we no longer continued to train.

And yes, several of my female characters have used the self-defence techniques I learned. 

 Excerpt - In the quiet of her office, Erik checked her face in her bathroom mirror. Just a small nick on the edge of her chin. The years of sore muscles from martial arts classes were paying off. Ironically, she'd expected to use the skills defending herself from a rape attack, not for tossing drunk hookers out of her club.

One person who was criticizing my book did compliment me on the sparring scene. Mind you – she was wrong on all her criticisms – I did do my research – but at least she got the sparring comment right.



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  1. I love how nothing is ever wasted. Even now, things I did years ago still find a use in my life and my writing. Although people have tried to correct me on accuracy, so far I'm ahead of the game.

  2. I'm impressed. I always wanted to study martial arts but never had the opportunity or money at the same time. Now I'm afraid my body wouldn't cooperate.

    1. It can be a bit rough on the body. I started when I was in my 40s.
      I've done Aikido, Judo and Tai Chi as well. But TKD was the one where I belted the highest.