05 Nov 2019
Tenets of Tae Kwon Do:
- Indomitable Spirit
This month we will explore the fifth of six Tenets of Tae Kwon Do and how it applies to martial arts and life in general: Indomitable Spirit.
According to the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, the definition of Indomitable is as follows: incapable of being subdued: unconquerable indomitable courage
To have an indomitable spirit means having a “can do” attitude – being unstoppable! What a great way to live life! Having an indomitable spirit in Tae Kwon Do and life means never giving up, doing whatever it takes to succeed.
As an instructor, there have been many occasions when I have observed students – men, women, teens, and children – test their might during their training. We test their ability by having them break boards utilizing their newest techniques. Sometimes the board presents a mental as well as a physical obstacle to the student. When students are testing for a new rank, they must prove that they have learned and mastered a new curriculum, and remember the curriculum from previous ranks. In tournament competition, our students put themselves up against opponents from other studios, and to be judged by instructors from other studios. In all of these instances, we see our students dig deep and bring out that unconquerable attitude – their indomitable spirit. They prove not to us, but themselves that they are capable of great things if they try hard enough, believe in themselves, and do not allow themselves to quit. Are they always successful? Yes and no. As long as they try with everything they have, the answer is yes. Sometimes we have to make modifications in board breaks, sometimes students need extra help with curriculum, which we provide, and sometimes our students don’t win at tournaments – but I have never seen any of our students give up! Our students know we believe in them 100%, and that their family members believe in them 100% – which helps them with their courage and their can-do spirit.
When students are trained to believe in themselves and have a great support group as described above, and they get meticulous instruction and training, they believe they can do anything! And this attitude naturally transfers itself to school, work, and life. Children learn what a great work ethic can do in our studio, and they apply it to school. Teens and adults realize what they are made of in their training and it transfers into work and relationships. Tae Kwon Do training is such a great breeding ground for great habits and values that carry on to a student’s life outside the studio. It is a wonderful feeling for us to see this kind of growth in each individual. When we see a student shining with that indomitable spirit in class and competition, and when we hear about students excelling in school and work, we know we are providing a great service at Ajay’s Karate. Grand Master Ajay and I believe in what we do for our students in martial arts as well as in providing these life lessons.
At our studio, Ajay’s Karate, we are a traditional martial arts school teaching the very best in technique along with values that our students will carry with them throughout their lifetime.
Call us today to see for yourself, what we do at Ajay’s Karate! (916) 686-3478.
By Lydia Ajay, 4th Degree Black Belt and Co-Owner of Ajay’s Karate, Elk Grove, California.