“Not accomplishing something the first time is ok. Hurting as a result of trying is ok. Pain does not mean that you are doing something wrong, sometimes it a result of breaking through something. It is not ok is give up just because you are tired. There is no valid reason for not trying again: if you fall down seven times, then get up eight.”
Wonderful post; so perfectly said Mr. Holland. I have learned all of the above lessons, and then some, from my years in Tae Kwon Do. But thanks for the reminder tonight, I sort of needed that. :] It is obvious that you are a true martial artist, and that you have and will accomplish great things…and even more importantly, impact many lives with your knowledge and wisdom.

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As I consider my experience in Taekwondo the thing that stands out to me most is that in both Taekwondo and life we should always be willing to give a little more than might be required or expected. In order to do that you may need to learn to concentrate on what you know with your mind rather than what you see with your eyes. Let me explain.

taekwondo break Micah 2014 Action Photography by Micah Holland

One of the first real tests that a martial artist faces is the test of breaking a board. Each time a student begins to learn how to break a board we instruct them to kick beyond the board. To help him or her grasp this concept, we remove the board so that the student is able to visualize the point to which they should kick or strike. The goal of course is for them to concentrate their focus…

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