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Teaching and Learning through Tae Kwon Do

Over the past twenty years I have had the privilege of training in Tae Kwon Do. My role as a martial artist has evolved in many different ways over those two decades. First I was a student, my focus was on building my skills by strengthening my body and mind through regular training. This was a moment in my training where my focus was on me and only me. I strived to exemplify the tenets of Tae Kwon Do (Self-Control, Perseverance, Courtesy, Integrity, and Indomitable Spirit) in my personal life as well as when I trained. This level of practice, is now what I see as my “self-care” when I need to spend time working on my own techniques or skills. When finding the time to train is difficult or giving all my effort seems like a tall order I always look back at the tenets and I use them as my backbone for pushing forward. Martial arts has given me that drive to push myself and it’s a skill that transfers to all aspects of my life.

As my experience with the sport grew, my role grew when I be…
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