Things to Keep in Mind
  1. When you have something to do, discipline yourself; don't take the easy way out. Don't give up. Say to yoursealf, "Mind over matter", I must contol. Push yourself!
  2. Respect your seniors for the ski;ll they have developed. Respect yourself and respect your classmates. In respecting others, you will have more for yourself.
  3. Think anbout what are you being taught and how it might relate or apply to previous training you have had.
  4. Learn to recognize things that are similar in applications - the way things start, the way they end and the way they flow.
  5. If you are hit consistently with a certain technique, ask questions. Try to correc the problem early.
  6. Learn to watch your seniors and try to see the timing they use, defenses and techniques and ask questions.
  7. Don't blame your opponent so much. Blame yourself for not being able to deal with his or her attacks. Don't hide behind being a beginner. Think on a higher level.
  8. A true TaeKwonDo practioner is constantly watching for something new and different - that little something that may make a difference in the execution of technique. Also, he/she is constantly thinking of what they are doing.
  9. Believe in yourself! Don't say, "I can't." Don't think negative. You cannot progress with doubt in your mind. You must have goals to reach and believe you can reach that goal no matter what.
  10. Until you experience some of the results of positive thinking, drive and will power, you have no idea of what type of power is hiding inside your mind, body and soul.
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Things to Know
  1. First known man to start martial arts was an Indian monk by the name of Budihidharma (Daruma) who brough the art to China about 1500 years ago. It was taugh whith emphasis on mental and physical development.
  2. The head instructor of Secrease's Martial Arts Academy is Master Sudan Muhammad, his rank is 6th degree. Your instructors are Mr. Titus Taylor, his rank is 3rd degree and Mr. Lawrence Chang, his rank is 2nd degree. Their instructor is the late Grand Master Luther Secrease, his rank is 7th degree.
  3. They system that you are studying is TaeKwonDo (Moo Duk Kwon.
  4. Other systems of TaeKwonDo are - Chung Do Kwon, Yun Moo Kwon, Chi Do Kwon, Chang Moo Kwon and Oh Do Kwon.
  5. TaeKwonDo was officially changed from Tang Soo Do to TaeKwonDo on march 19, 1965 under the leadership of Chairmain Choi Honhi, a retired Major General and Vice Chairmain Lee Chongwoo.
  6. The phrase Mind Over Matter means self control, the ability to mentally deal with a situation because you decide to do so.
  7. Moo means way of art, understanding, respect, love, weapon. Duk means big and Kwon means association.
  8. Tae means feet, Kwon means hand, and Do means a way to study. All together TaeKwonDo means a way to study of hand and feet.
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