In October we will be closed on Monday, 8th October for Columbus Day.
Our promotion test is Saturday, 13 October at 10am. Students should arrange to pay in advance, sign test form, and arrive no later than 0945am to get dressed and warmed up. The makeup test is Monday, 15 October at 6pm. Let us know if you plan to do the makeup so Mr. Lewis can prepare.
Monday, 15 October at 6pm will also be our YMCA Promotion Test.
With the New Year come New Year’s resolutions. The new year usually brings a new resolve to improve ourselves. Some hit the gym hard, some practice their martial arts more at home, some resolve to lose that weight they gained the previous year. Whatever you may resolve to do, make a realistic plan. It took us a while to get out of shape, gain those extra pounds, or fill our schedules with other activities. Pick a realistic goal and start. It is better to be consistent and persistent that to burn yourself out and dread going to the gym, or what your eat, or practicing at home. Start slow, let your body accommodate to the changes and then continue, consistent and persistent.
We will be closed for the Christmas holiday on 23-26 December. Have a wonderful Christmas.
I’ve been listening to a lot of retired SEAL Commander Jocko Willink lately and he has great things to say on discipline. To quote Jocko “discipline equals freedom.” He says that you cannot rely on your motivation to get you up early in the morning, to go to class/gym and train, to do something that needs to be done but seems difficult or impossible, to not eat that doughnut. Instead, you must rely on your discipline, your personal will power. Abraham Lincoln said “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” So, even if you do not feel like training, studying, writing that paper, it does not matter – you do it anyways! Having that discipline ensures you continue to grow and improve and gives you freedom by being achieving your goals.
COURTESY (Ye-Ui) in a broader sense is kindness, humility, good manners, politeness, and respect.
INTEGRITY (Yom-Chi) generally speaking, is honesty, straight dealing, purity, moral soundness, and uprightness. To have integrity means to be honest with everyone and with yourself at all times.
PERSEVERANCE (In-Nae) is persistence, a steadfast pursuit of and an understanding of the aim, continuation in the practice of Tae Kwon Do regardless of the amount of obstacles, hindering circumstances, difficulties, or occasional “let downs” which are only temporary situations. The strong will to hold on, regardless of obstacles. Loyalty.
SELF-CONTROL (Guk-Gi) is a double edged sword: on the one hand, it is the physical control with regard to motions, precision of execution, prevention of unnecessary injuries (as opposed to acting wildly) or killing, due to lack of control. Experience is the best teacher, but all the physical reactions are based on the psychological makeup, maturity, and moral, ethical, and religious codes. Emotions are usually involved, to a certain degree, in the majority of situations, hence the need for emotional self control. The degree of controlling the particularly strong emotions such as love, hate, anger, surprise, joy, sadness, etc., show the level of achievement of each practitioner of Tae Kwon Do.
Emotions should be governed by a strong and conscious reason and aided by experience in principles. The success of application of this tenet in practical everyday life should result in creating the indomitable spirit.
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT (Baekjul-Bool Gool) Indomitable means unconquerable, unbreakable, unquenchable. To put it simply, it means that one has such strong unshakeable beliefs and principles that even sacrificing the most precious possession one has, one’s own life, is not too high a price to pay in defending them.
Have you seen your Student Guide lately? I expect that question has several answers from, “Yes, I carry it with me everywhere.” to, “What’s a Student Guide?”
While we do not expect you to carry it with you everywhere, we do expect you to be familiar with it and know how to find it. The easiest way to find it is to download a PDF copy from the Member Section of this website. If you are not familiar with the Member Section, then you should be. It is where you can also find videos of your forms, a copy of the forms guide, and other documents. If you have an accout, then download it to your computer, phone, or tablet and you can review it wherever you may be. If you do not have an account, here is the link to get one: https://www.leesbloomington.com/members-area/
Simply follow the directions and if you do that successfully, your account will be approved in a day or two.
Now that you have the Guide, read through it. Note the parts that apply directly to you. Review those parts. Find the requirements section for you next rank. Review it and make sure you know everything in there. Practice it. Then, when test time comes around, you will be prepared to shine. Being prepared will make you less nervous, perform better, and make the test much more enjoyable. If you have questions about the techniques/requirements listed, ask your instructor. They will be happy to help you.
So if anyone asks, “Have you seen your Student Guide lately?” You should be prepared with a positive answer.