What does it take to be successful in Taekwondo?
“The 8 Keys to the kingdom of Black Belt”
- Come to class consistently. The most successful Taekwondo students are in class on specific days. They have established a routine and they follow it religiously. Attending 2-3 days a week is best. Find a training buddy who shares the same goal meet them for the same classes and push each other to the next level.
- Set goals. The primary goal of any beginner student of Taekwondo is to attain the coveted black belt. But this is so far in the future; we need other short-term goals. Good short-term goals would be getting their next stripe or belt. By the way this is exactly why we have the stripe system in the first place. Long- and short-term goals define our journey.
- Define what reaching the goal means. What does a black belt mean to you personally? Like most things in life if you don’t know where you’re going you will probably end up in an entirely different place.
- Test regularly. If a student skips a testing, they can feel like they are now behind their peers. It is difficult to see others moving forward when you are not. This can be discouraging and cause you to stop trying. The same is true for stripe testing I would suggest that you stripe test at every class you can, it will help you to realize what you don’t know and what you’re doing incorrectly. This is in a very real way your own private lesson within each and every class.
- Participate in special events We offer special classes and clinics, tournaments, and other events periodically. Sometimes there is an added cost and sometimes they are free. When you attend these, you feel more engaged and excited about your training.
- Take private lessons. At those times when you’re struggling, and you feel that you cannot master a specific skill or form try a private lesson It is amazing what can be accomplished in a one-on-one session with your instructor. You will leave with specific things to work on to improve your skills.
- Perseverance is the key during those periods of low motivation and discouragement. I guarantee there will be times when you are no longer motivated. This may be because of a disappointment or something else. Usually if we just persevere through these times the excitement will return, and we learn a valuable lesson about perseverance and not giving up when things get tough. Your Tenets aren’t just fun words to say at the beginning of class but principals to live by.
- Parents / Family involved with training; Family support is critical with everything you do. Children are particularly dependent on their parents and family for support and encouragement. Practice with them at home, talk to their instructors, and keep up with current announcements. Best of all, take classes yourself.
“Successful people do what successful people do.” Following these examples of what successful students do, will lead to your success as well.
“A Black Belt is Just a White Belt that Never Quit!”
Published: June 14, 2022