Dedication is defined as “a devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose.” This definition explains how dedication can be related to devotion. When one dedicates themselves to a cause or event, they are putting time towards it.
Tae Kwon Do has established a new found dedication in my life. I have a good job and great family that provides both independence and responsibility, but something was still missing. Therefore, through my children’s dedication, I decided to join the martial arts.
When I first got involved in Tae Kwon Do, I did so for the physical training. I hadn’t played an organized sport in over nine years and workouts at the gym became boring and uninteresting. I needed a different way to incorporate a workout that is important to me to keep up a healthy lifestyle. Tae Kwon Do became a refreshing change.
The classes in the beginning were physically intense. There definitely were times I hesitated coming to class because I knew it would be a tough workout. At the time I didn’t know, or better yet understand, that it wasn’t the physical workout I was dreading, it was more the mental workout. It wasn’t that my body wasn’t prepared for the class or that I couldn’t do all the sit-ups or push-ups, it was the fact that I wasn’t sure if I was mentally ready. The only thing I had to go by was that no matter how unwilling and lazy I felt, as soon as the class was over I felt so much better, so relieved and satisfied that I forced myself to come to class.
Slowly over the next year my attitude changed from having to force myself to go to class to wanting and needing to go to class. It was at this point the mental training Tae Kwon Do offers started to take over the physical training. I wanted to be able to do all the exercises; I wanted to perform all the more difficult techniques. Like I said before, this requires more than just a strong body, it requires a strong mind. A mind developed through constant dedication.
I am now able to perform in class and do all the exercises and all the techniques because I believe that I can. Tae Kwon Do requires focus, concentration, and the willingness and dedication to believe that you can do whatever it is you want to do. Getting to black-belt will take much dedication and ability and will put my mind to the test. But it’s the ability to believe that I can do it that sharpens my mind and gives me the confidence that I can achieve that goal.
Tae Kwon Do has inspired me to become a better person and has given me the discipline and confidence to accomplish any of my goals. The impact from my Tae Kwon Do training has only been positive. The skills taught to me by UMAC that I possess are still forming and changing. There is always a skill set that must either be developed or maintained. This gives you a sense that you can always gain achievement that is never ending (martial arts for life). If you ever stop your practice, you will eventually lose your skills. So my children and I plan to keep up with the practice. This means that our relationship with Tae Kwon Do and all the Masters and Instructors at UMAC can last for the rest of our lives. It is being accomplished with my children and can eventually be passed down to my grandchildren. That takes DEDICATION!