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Black Belt

  • Date Submitted: 03/18/2010 02:44 PM
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Those things in life that we find the hardest to do are the things that we are most thankful we did. I have learned that a black belt is nothing more than a belt that goes around your waist, but becoming a black belt is a state of mind and attitude. Also its’ not just the accumulation of knowledge, but the realization of one’s self with-in that constitutes true progress in becoming a black belt. Three and a half years ago a black belt meant that I was able to beat up anyone I wanted. Now I have a different meaning of what a black belt is. One who has respect, humility, perseverance, self-control, and honesty. I truly believe that becoming a black belt one needs to obtain these five values and a true black belt knows that it’s only through determination that one accomplishes these great things.
When I started Tae Kwon Do, I did not expect to change. Maybe become more physically fit and to meet new people but not to think differently or act differently. After all this time, I understand the reason for bowing as a sign of respect. I have learned how to show respect to people whether they are black belts or not; I show respect to people that I probably wouldn’t before starting Tae Kwon Do. I try my hardest to act kind and considerate to everyone because they appreciate it, I feel good about myself and so would they. Respect is a big issue for me now, because people who I see that don’t respect others really bother me. It is not right to disrespect someone. Tae Kwon Do has taught me to respect all people because everyone is important and deserves respect.   Another thing that I have learned through Tae Kwon Do is to concentrate. Before training, I used to have problems concentrating on schoolwork and I was constantly getting sidetracked with other things that I thought was more important and more interesting than studying or doing schoolwork. Tae Kwon Do taught me to concentrate I believe from the practicing and training. I have noticed that now I can block out certain...


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