"Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with." - Brodi Ashton (author, Everneath, first book of a planned trilogy)
What does it mean to be a hero?
A hero helps others before helping themselves.
"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every student should know about selflessness. This is one of the behaviors taught early on at UMAC. I recommend that White Belts perform at least one selfless act every day. And during Belt Graduation I like to point out to our new Yellow Belts that their new belt means added responsibilities and each student should strive towards living a Black Belt Life. I recommend that Yellow Belts perform 2 selfess acts per day. And this responsibility gets greater with each belt earned.
Look at the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Dan students, instructors, and masters. We should all be performing countless selfless acts of kindness every day. Now can you imagine if everyone you know lived a Black Belt life and performed countless acts of kindness? What a wonderful world we would live in!
Are heroes made or born?
Think superheroes and Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman may come to mind. But remember, Batman didnt' have any special powers. Batman was a man-made hero. And like Batman, you can be a hero too.
Every day you train you become a hero in the making. With every form learned, belt test taken, and board broken, you take one more step towards becoming a hero. You have learned the lessons and philosophies which are the foundations for Taekwondo and know how to live a Black Belt life. And part of this philosophy enables you to pass your knowledge on to others and be a hero in someone else's life.
When you train hard you become an example to others of what hard work is all about, how to focus, persevere, be respectful, and act with integrity. With your training you gain confidence and this confidence is spread to others around you, even to those people you may not know. You spread your confidence by the way you act and carry yourself. You perform selfless acts of kindness and this spreads like wildfire. YOU ARE A HERO!
And Mom and Dad...you are heroes every day too.
"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero." - Fred Rogers
Are you ready to be a hero?