A Way

“A Way” in My Life

It is funny how sometimes we need other people to remind us of our beliefs. Oneonta Taekwon-Do recently put on an excellent seminar. My Taekwon-Do instructor Mr. Raymond Mannion, 2nd Dan brought up an excellent point in which he learned from his instructor Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim, 9th Dan. That Taekwon-Do is “a way” of thinking and living – it is not “the way”. Meaning there is more than “one way” in given areas of life. I believed in this principle before this seminar, but sometimes we need reminders to apply this principle to all areas of our lives, and for this, I am grateful.

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1,016 Steps To Go

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“The Way” in My Life

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This writing is a continuation of my article “Reappearance of the Do” that I posted on 06/12/08.

Although I am proud of what I have accomplished in the very short time that I have been practicing Taekwon-Do, I have barely “scratched the surface” of learning “The Way”. I have been practicing this martial art for months not years or decades. My original exposure to Taekwon-Do twenty years earlier was even shorter, but it made a lasting impact on me. I am now fortunate to be learning “The Way”.

My long term goal in Taekwon-do is to learn, practice, live, and excel at “The Way” for twenty years. And if a week of my Taekwon-Do practice is a step, I have taken 24 steps, and I have 1,016 steps to go. The only possible way for me to achieve this huge goal is to learn, practice, and live, “The Way” one step at a time.

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Reappearance of the Do

Reappearance of the Do

Taekwon that is. Do is the-way. Tae is the foot, and kwon is the fist. These Korean words loosely translate to – the way of the foot and fist. The meaning of Taikwon-Do would be better explained by the great Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim, 9th Dan

“Taekwon-Do is a Korean unarmed martial art. It is not only kicking and punching but also a way of thinking and living. The main goal of Taekwon-Do is to achieve total mind and body control through training.”

But this article is about the reappearance of “the way” Why? When I was typing Grandmaster Kim’s words above an idea struck me very deeply. Specifically his words “a way of thinking and living.” For quite a number of years recently I have been working very hard to improve myself. And I have been slowly improving myself with improving my “way of thinking and living.” I believe the reappearance of Taekwon-Do in my life is to help me on my path to a better way of thinking and living.

JB’s Taekwon-Do Links

I am a proud member of Oneonta Taekwon-Do which is located in upstate NY. Oneonta Taekwon-Do teaches original and traditional Taekwon-Do. Our school is a proud member of Taekwon-Do International.

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Below are some of my personal Taekwon-Do web sites that I visit. These are the better ones.

TaekwonDo-Legacy

The origin, history, and legacy of the Taekwon-Do and it’s founder General Choi Hong Hi – a must go to site for Taekwon-Do practitioners.

S.J. Kim’s Taekwon-Do

Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim, 9th Dan

This is Grandmaster Kim’s school, the home of traditional Taekwondo and martial arts training in N.Y.C. Grandmaster Kim is also president of Taekwon-Do International.

TKD Tutor

TKD Tutor has lots and lots of good information for Taekwon-Do and martial arts practitioners.

Blue Cottage Taekwon-Do

This web site is a good source of ITF style Taekwon-Do information.

Rayners lane Taekwon-do Academy

Interesting Taekwon-Do website from the U.K., flashy web site but it has a lot of good articles and information.

The (Shamelessly) Unofficial Taekwondo Resource

This site is another good source of Taekwon-Do information.

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