So what is in a name? Quite a lot actually. The dictionary definition of a roundhouse kick is: ‘a kick in which the attacker swings his or her leg around in a semi-circular motion, striking with the front of the leg or foot.’ This kind of kick is well known in martial arts circles, but in addition, thanks to the popularisation of martial arts films, is also well known on the streets. My martial art and Olympic sport of Taekwondo is well known for its dynamic and powerful fast kicks. That’s why, when thinking of a name for our exciting new initiative, the phrase came to mind. Other mixed martial arts programmes use the phrase ‘Rough House’ or ‘Black House’ Team, so ‘house’ has become synonymous with this kind of activity. It’s also a phrase with lots of other meanings – ‘house’ is a place where people feel safe – another benefit of our programme, whilst ‘round’ has positive allusions of cohesion and a circle of support. So, it couldn’t have been a better name for our new programme – Round House.
By Yaser Mir
Founder & Director