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Aims to Achieve  (Tenets)

Modesty (Courtesy and Integrity)                                         To be polite and respectful inside and outside of the Do Jang                  To do what is right (whether someone else is watching or not)                 To not brag or show off                                                                        To not hoard or take things that you do not need                                    To not think highly of yourself                                                               To be kind and considerate of others                                                     To not expect rewards or praise                                                            To appreciate what one has and what one receives

Perseverance                                                                               To overcome obstacles                                                                     To not use excuses or blame others for your faults or mistakes              To not quit, give up, or be lazy                                                            To finish what you start                                                                     To work hard and do your best                                                           To push yourself beyond what you believe or have been told you         are capable of                                                                                    To move beyond and conquer boredom

Self-Control                                                                                   To take responsibility for your thoughts and actions                             To control your thoughts and actions in order to do what is right              To develop positive habits, breaking those that are not of your best interest                                                                                            To continuously work to develop patience and not lose one's temper

Indomitable Spirit                                                                      The result of practicing and incorporating into ones live, all of the      Aims to Achieve                                                                 

Martial Arts by Shayda

“Kick, block, punch! Kick, block, punch!” I hear the instructor say. May heart races as I breathe heavy.  This is how I always feel when I enter the “Do Chang” (gym in Korean). Martial Arts is all about working hard to achieve something, learning to defend yourself and furthering your skills. I joined Martial Arts in third grade, when I was very shy. I joined because my mom thought that I would be more social and active. Now I am in seventh grade and I am very modest, I am one to persevere, I have self control, I am much stronger and faster, and it’s all because of Martial Arts. More importantly, Martial Arts has made me a better person.

To be able to do Martial Arts, the skills you need to have are perseverance, modesty, self control, intensity and stamina. You need to be able to persevere, because Martial Arts isn’t easy and there are times when you are too tired or you don’t want to come to class. Also, a skill you need is modesty. This is an important skill because you can’t go around bragging that you have a higher belt or that you are better in Martial Arts then everyone else. Self Control is a big skill you need to have (and probably the  most important). Martial Arts can be VERY dangerous without self control. This is because when you are working with a partner, you can’t start punching and kicking them just because you feel like it. Another still you need is intensity. The only way punches and kicks are useful is with intensity. The last skill you need for Martial Arts is stamina. With stamina you have the ability to work hard.

Martial Arts is also interesting and important. Martial Arts is interesting to me because I always have a goal. My goal right now is to get a black stripe on my blue belt. So every class I work very hard so one day I can test for my stripe. Martial Arts is also interesting because you earn belts. I have earned four out of seven belts. A belt isn’t just a belt, each color represents something. Blue belt (my belt) signifies the heavens, that the tree (long story) sprouts to as the tae kwon do skills advance.  It’s kind of like each belt unlocks another chapter of the story. Also what I think is interesting about Martial Arts, is you get to learn how to speak in Korean. What I think is important about Martial Arts is, it increases your sociability.  You have to be social in Martial Arts because you need to have physical contact with them and you can’t be afraid. Also Martial Arts are important because it helps make you a better person. I have become a better person in Martial Arts.


"The superior man thinks always of virtue, the common man thinks of comfort"

"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."

"Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."                      

"What a man's mind can create, man's character can control"
Benjamin Franklin

"the term of stronger is the person who wins over oneself rather than someone else"