Sunday, August 12, 2012

Black Belt Testing Part 2: Self Defense

After you show off your forms and knowledge, you do self defense. This is done in a couple ways, and I love that my children are taught these things.

An excerpt from one of Gabriel's essays:
I was once into Tae Kwon Do to learn how to defend myself. Now I do it because I love it. I love to take part in the different classes, compete in tournaments, and learn something new every class. I love to help teach the younger classes, and especially the Tiny Tigers. Their enthusiasm in life is always inspiring. When I see someone else give it their all, it makes me soar to greater heights, as I always feel that I wouldn't be respecting their hard work if I didn't put in double the effort myself. It makes me feel great when I learn something new and put it into use. I've learned a lot about physical and mental strength. I've gotten a lot of patience and I've learned a lot about insight. These lessons have made me a better person, and will continue to do so.

If learning self defense does nothing else for my children, I know that it provides them with more confidence.

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