Guilderland, NY – Sometimes life presents us with challenges. Getting used to our empty nest, while minor, is a challenge. I thought it would be cathartic to read one of my old articles, so this month you get a bit of that, and some pictures of Mete and Zeynep over coming some breaking challenges. The involvement of my family in Taekwondo has been an extremely important part of our development and Zeynep’s renewed pursuit of third degree blackbelt has us so excited and gives us focus.
You can break through challenges you have by perseverance and focused discipline for success. In martial arts we use breaking as a model for overcoming challenges in life. By setting a goal for breaking something (typically an amount of wood) and establishing a plan to achieve the goal, we are actually practicing problem solving and overcoming challenges. Many times I will think back to breaking challenges I have taken focused time and effort to overcome when I am facing a new challenge. I say, “If I can break through that, then this will be easy!”
You and your children can accomplish much in your life by following the lessons in martial arts. All of my students eventually experience increased success and increased focus for overcoming challenges in school, at home or at work. Some students find obvious impacts as they achieve blackbelt, others find it sooner. What matters is to enjoy the road. We keep our eyes on our goals because they are always growing and changing, but we really enjoy the road and the positive impacts traveling on it have on our lives. I am certain that the study of Taekwondo changed my life in a positive way, maybe it will change yours and you family’s.