Why I Do Taekwondo
- Mindfulness is often thought of as awareness, but it is more than that. You are not just observing your own body and mental state, but acknowledging your emotions, the sensations your body feels, and your own state of mind. We too often live lives where we do not examine ourselves, only feel and go with the moment, Being mindful of yourself is the first step to understanding yourself.
- When you are practicing taekwondo, you focus intently on the way your body moves, on the correct and controlled way to accomplish kicks and patterns.
- Because even black belts and Grand Masters can mess up. Sometimes with epic Youtube worthy results. Humility is important, and so is the empathy that comes with it. The ability to understand where and when you stepped in it helps you avoid the same situation next time, and helps you to empathize and teach others that they can get back up again, too.
- Friendship and sportsmanship are important not just in team sports, but among individuals as well. You become friends in the true, deep, and lasting sense of the word through shared experienced.
- Being the change I want to see. Role models are important at every stage of life. They are important to children and young people doing the critical work of growing into adults, but adults need role models, too. So many tell themselves that they are “too old” for this and that they can’t do that. That they’d embarrass themselves or their kids if they tried taekwondo, or that they are too out of shape. I want to be a role model for adults, too, so that they feel this isn’t just “kid stuff” but a way of life for them, too.