When Life Gets Tough Put On Your Dobok.

We all know that Taekwondo is a great way to keep you in shape physically. However perhaps more importantly it is a great way to keep you on top of your game mentally. Training is a great stress release and the dojang is one of the best places to clear that head from all the worries outside. So when the pressures and stresses of life start to get to you, which they will from time to time, don't neglect your training, get your dobok on and train more often. It will pull you through the tough times and this is what makes martials arts so priceless.

MISTAKES CAN BE GOOD!

In your martial arts training every lesson will contain mistakes. That is the reason we train and the reason we drag ourselves off the couch four nights a week. Without mistakes we wouldn't improve and like in life it's not the mistake that's the problem it's how we deal with it that matters. Firstly don't beat yourself up about making mistakes, everyone makes them, that's why we train. Accept that you are going to make mistakes. If you have a good Instructor, they are your eyes, they look for these bad habits you pick up along the way and will tell you. It is your job to put them right, alas they can't do that for you. Secondly, you can't correct all your mistakes in one go, it's too much t

CONFIDENCE IN THE MARTIAL ARTS

Not many people naturally have a lot of confidence, especially in today’s society with the emphasis on looks and ability it’s very easy to feel below average if you do not get attention in the right places. The long term plan of practising a martial art is too not only become physically strong but mentally strong with inner confidence. Strengthening your body and your mind is your martial arts journey which has no end. Training naturally produces confidence, especially if you have a good Instructor. Instructors need to praise in the right places and encourage students to bring the best out of them. Building confidence is not an overnight process. It can take many years to build someone’s con

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A BLACK BELT?

Anyone can wear a black belt and call themselves one, however what does it actually mean to be a black belt? Being a black belt is not about the colour tied around your waist, it is about you as a person, your inner core. Black belts should be the energy of the association, always there to help their instructor and always supportive of everything their Instructor does. They should be the nucleus of the group and the ones who try and promote the club, be the energy and encourage the lower grades to follow suit. For it is only working together as a whole that real progress can be made. Black belts should be supportive, helpful, caring, passionate about their martial art, and put others before

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