A lot of us train for different reasons. Most of us find a deeper meaning in doing martial arts and start to implement these lessons into our every day life. Every aspect of our training; from our mindset to our movement, can be brought to every day.
Martial Arts is not just about learning how to defend oneself, it is learning how to live with grace and care. In Taekwondo, we learn the values: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit. In those values alone, implementing them into our lives is difficult yet beyond valuable.
Before I received my 4th Dan from Grand Master Richard, I asked myself: “What kind of Master do I want to be?”. I found that answer to be easy to answer, yet harder to implement. The more I saw the values of martial arts, the more I wanted to implement them into my life. Today, I have made so many changes from what now feels like ages ago and I still feel I must make so many more. These changes brought not only a further understanding of martial arts but of myself.
These things included the courtesy of how I treat other people, how I think and treat myself, and the very things around me. The integrity in which I train and uphold my own morals and standards to being translated to maintain my physical fitness, honesty in things I do, and the patience to do them right. After doing so many burpees, kicks, and pushing our bodies past their limits; we transform it to a perspective that grants emotional and mental fortitude to push past a seemingly unsurmountable obstacle. Truly working to understand and accept oneself so that you can control yourself, which is the only thing we can really control; this being the most obvious yet often hardest to implement. Which brings us to the unstoppable nature we’ve created that even external forces may not stop; for set your eyes on climbing the highest mountain, and let your determination and foundation carry you to that goal. In these values, we learn to live a more enriched life with confidence and beauty–for this art expresses it’s styles in many forms.
We can only hope every practitioner truly learns how to bring these foundational elements of our arts into their lives. In doing so, we enrichen ourselves and those around us. Martial Arts is here to spread peace through the interior work of oneself and strengthening it to be able to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Martial Arts is a lifestyle that welcomes any and all, it’s up to you to do it.
I recommend if you’re reading this, go find a good martial arts school near you OR even better, come train here with us. You wont regret it.
— Master Victor Almeida