Category Archive: Blog Posts

  • As leaders, we need to learn how to share our art, not teach it. One of the hardest concepts for new coaches and instructors to grasp is that you are sharing the art with others, not teaching it to them. Once you start to understand that your job is to share and grow from your […]
  • People are all individuals, and therefore, no two people are ever the same. Although we may have similarities, we are all very unique and different from one another. Good teachers must be able to act differently with different students. People are not all the same, therefore, their personalities are not the same. Their problems, abilities, […]
  • The relationship between a student and his/her martial arts teacher is very unique, but unfortunately, in the West it is difficult to classify this unique relationship. In Eastern countries, martial arts instructors are highly respected and fall under such groups as clergy, philosophy masters, professors, and educators. They are seen as very wise individuals who […]
  • The vitality and health of the body is very important. Nutrition, breathing, physical training, and relaxation are the components. Our body is our vehicle for moving through life, and it is the vessel for the mind, heart, and spirit. Treat it well.
  • Be honest with yourself and you will be honest with others. Know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses. Be master of your life, your emotions, your physical body. Honesty in the heart encompasses all five tenets of Tae Kwon Do: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. It involves development of your character and the spiritual […]
  • Constantly Seek Knowledge When someone tells you that they know everything there is to know, they don’t know anything at all. It does not matter how you learn (formally or informally) but THAT you learn. Teachers are abundant in your life if you will only open your eyes and see, open your ears and hear, […]
  • There is a strong distinction between self-defense and martial arts. Martial arts, regardless of style, are not an effective physical form of self-defense until you have had many years of hard practice. The skills that you are striving to learn are difficult and demand a great deal of body coordination, muscle memory, and strength. It […]
  • No person on this planet was ever born with courage. Courage is not a gift, it is a reward for breaking through the barrier of fear. A lot of people feel that babies are born with a lot of courage, because they will try anything. The fact is that they are born without fear; that […]
  • Your actions always speak louder than your words. People won’t hear what you have to say until they’ve seen you do what you have to do. Remember that people (especially children) learn more from what we do and how we handle things than any words we can ever say. It is our job and responsibility […]
  • No longer holding ourselves prisoner to the opinions of others is demonstrating true courage. We can’t allow people’s opinions to dictate when we start something or when we stop pursuing something worthwhile. Everyone will have an opinion. Whether right, wrong, or indifferent, we cannot allow others’ opinions to stop us from doing what we know […]