There are many ways Taekwondo can change your life for the better. Getting in shape and learning how to defend yourself are the obvious examples, but these are just the start. Many practitioners find it radically improves their lives in unexpected ways. If it has changed their lives, it can change yours too!
Becoming focused and disciplined
Do either of these sound like you?
“I drift through life without any clear long-term goals.”
“I set long term goals, but I never achieve them because I keep getting distracted or demotivated half way through.”
If so, then what you need to succeed are healthy doses of focus and self-discipline. Luckily for you, teaching these two attributes are central to Taekwondo training.
Once you have caught the ‘Taekwondo bug’ you will find you want to push yourself harder so you can progress regularly through the gradings and ultimately attain that coveted blackbelt. These are perfect examples of mid-term and long-term goals. To achieve these, you will need to make a long-term commitment to train consistently, to be focused whenever you’re practising, and to stick with it through the high’s and low’s even when there are other distractions in your life.
What’s more, you will gradually see Taekwondo not as a way to exercise but as a new addition to your life that you can’t wait to get to. The blend of challenging physicality, the camaraderie with other students together with the mental focus and discipline stretches you, so you leave training feeling recharged and refreshed – and physically tired.
Many practitioners find this focus and discipline bleeds into other aspects of their life, with positive results. It worked for them so it can work for you too!
The meditative aspects of Taekwondo can help clear your mind and cope with life’s challenges, whatever they may be. We know of someone who used martial arts meditation to cope when their halls of residence at their Uni burnt to the ground!
Adopting a healthier lifestyle
Do you have any bad habits you wish you could ditch, such as smoking, eating too much junk food or out of control drinking? Many regular practitioners find that Taekwondo training was just the right ‘kick’ (pun intended) they needed to quit these habits for good.
Do you have trouble sleeping? If so, Taekwondo training can help you. A good training session will leave you feeling great due to the endorphins, and will also leave you feeling relaxed and fatigued. This will encourage a restful and refreshing night’s sleep.
Would you like to get fit in other ways too, but find you cannot get motivated to do so? Again, Taekwondo training can help. Regular practitioners will often wish to take their training ‘to the next level’. Some will train every opportunity they can. Others may take up ‘ancillary training’ such as running, weight training etc. to improve their all-round fitness and make them a better Martial Artist.
Grow in confidence
Regular Taekwondo training is fantastic for building self-confidence. For a start, you will feel more confident in confrontational situations, since you will know how to defend yourself. Secondly, you will feel more confident in your body, as it will be healthier, fitter and stronger than ever before. You will also know what your bodies limits are and how to push them. This could be a life saver in an emergency situation. Remember that fire from earlier? You are far more likely to escape from something like that if you are healthy and in shape.
Moreover, you will feel confident in your competence, ‘true grit’ and hard-won achievements. You will know that you can achieve difficult goals when you put your mind to it. You will also know you have the staying power to endure the tough times and come out smiling at the other end. These are very positive traits, and they can translate to more confidence, staying power and success in business, education and life as a whole.
If you liked the sound of this, then contact Pacific International Taekwondo for a free trial and get training.