“Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight”
Many forms of martial arts emphasize patience, respect, and becoming a better person. In Songahm Taekwondo, the type of martial arts I practice. Elements like respect, safety, and goal setting are strongly emphasized in the American Taekwondo Association.
Each month, a life skill is discussed thoroughly. For instance, in January is Goals in Martial Arts. We ask our ATA Tigers and Karate Kids to write down ten goals that they have for their martial artist education. Is it getting that full split? Being able to do more sit ups and push-ups each date? Their goal may just to get faster and physically fit. All awesome goals. Everyone needs to set goals. Without goals, no one forms a plan to meet a challenge.
February: Courtesy “for everyone Displaying kindness, compassion, and respect we meet”
March: Loyalty Never betraying friends or trust. “
April: Goals in Education
June: Attitude Good, positive sportsmanslike attitudes are a necessity. No likes someone who scorns defeat.
August: Perseverance “Never Give Up”
October: Self-Awareness- “Being aware of whats around up and staying safe.”
November: Self- Control “Being in control of your words and actions
December: Integrity “Doing the right thing, even if no one is watching. Being honest with yourself
Through this journey, you will fall you. We will fail things the first time, but as my instructor always reminds me “Fall down seven times, stand up eight,” All of this life skils need to be fortified before one can attain the rank of black belt.