To those of you just beginning Tae Kwon Do, neither fear your new found practice, nor expect too much of it. The majority of beginners experience a feeling of inadequacy with regards to performing the movements involved. If you feel this way, don’s worry. It is common and short-lived. You are not an expert yet, and no one expects you to do more than your best. If you expect too much in the beginning, you will disappoint yourself. Always be one time and just have fun.
EXAMPLE: If you try to eat more than your stomach will how, you are going to get sick. You can digest only a certain amount each time. Every beginner must remember to go easy. The true winner is one who never gives up!
I strongly believe you can be the best student in our academy. Tae Kwon Do will make you healthier and happier than you have ever been.
I have known the ugliest form of life and experienced the beautiful. I have traveled much and learned from differnt customs and beliefs of many people. I have known the pain of hunger that tears the hunmanity from a person. However, I also know the saturated feeling of fullness, plenty, and harmony. In order to help me realize this harmony, I had one great assistant that never failed me, but instead gave me strength and courage in the face of adversity; gave me ambition and control of myself and of my destiny…Tae Kwon Do. Now, I cannot separate Tae Kwon Do from the essence of my life because it is a part of me. All my life’s experience has sprung from my abilities in Tae Kwon Do; the only path I have journeyed is that which Tae Kwon Do has provided me.
Tae Kwon Do is an art for humanity. It is a guide for the formation of outstanding character. It is practiced as a modern world sport. It is useful as a contemporary universal philosophy.
Tae Kwon Do is the most practical, most beautiful and greatest martial art in the world.
To me, when I’m free sparring, I am free to do what I want to do. So I like to try different techniques each time I get the opportunity to fight. Free sparring time in class is a very valuable time. No one will ever let you practice your kicks to their head anywhere else. There is no competition in class, but it is time to learn and practice.
Fighting is not about beating someone up. It is not even about winning. It is very delicate, but an important part of a student’s training. Psychologically, it teaches the weak to be strong and the overaggressive to control themselves. Fighting exhibits the real impact of violence and where it comes from within each of us. Fighting teaches us how to control our responses in a pressureized situation, and we learn what triggers our most hidden and valuable emotions, both good and bad. You cannot experience its valuable insight by just imagining what it is like to fight. One must participate in order to learn.