“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
What do our children need to do...to be ready for the future?
As a parent, this is a pretty scary thought. We do our best to prepare our children for life but no matter what we do there’s always more to learn.
As a professional Martial Artist and Taekwondo Master, one of the best things we can do for our children is to see that they are prepared mentally, physically, and spiritually, for life’s challenges.
Become a Black Belt
Taekwondo saved my life and prepared me to be mentally focused and goal-oriented, physically disciplined and hard-working, and respectful. Spiritually, Taekwondo has helped me define my Worthy Ideal, which is the foundation for my personal growth and has heightened my awareness and needs of those around me.
Studying and earning a Black Belt is a terrific goal. Practice enables each student to become physically fit, mentally strong, and learn life skills that will prepare them for the challenges they will face.
Practicing Taekwondo improves one’s abilities and overall performance, each week and each month, until a goal is reached, like learning a new form or technique, or testing for a new belt. And along this journey the student prepares him or herself in many different ways.
Every class prepares your body by warming up muscles, loosening joints, and getting muscles ready to practice. This is your body wake-up call and helps prevent injuries and prepares you for the rigors of training.
Forms and techniques are practiced and perfected in class and on your own. Training prepares your body and mind so you can pass your belt test. And in the long run you are preparing for the rest of your life.
Each new form learned is a baby step closer to earning a Black Belt. You are learning goal setting, perseverance, respect, and focus. When you listen and watch the instructor you are showing respect. When you perform the new form you demonstrate your focus. If the form is difficult and requires intense focus and more practice you show your perseverance. Then when you perform the form correctly you have reached your goal. These skills will be needed throughout your life and Taekwondo is helping you strengthen these skill sets.
Just Do It!
Nike branded itself with the slogan, “Just Do It”, 25 years agos. The question is, how much preparation is needed, so you can...just do it?
For a professional or elite athlete, hours and hours of training are required to...just do it.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” -- Benjamin Franklin
So whether you are training for our kickathon, championship, demo team, a new form or new belt, I and the other UMAC Instructors are prepared to help you reach your goal. We can do it together.