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  • Testing Week Nerves

    The week of testing is always one of the most stressful weeks of the training cycle, for parents, students, and instructors. Students are stressed because they want to make sure that they do their best. They want to succeed and get their new belt. They want to see all of the work that they have put in through the training cycle come to fruition. Parents are stressed because they see how hard their children have worked. They also want their children to succeed, which sometimes results in them pushing their children harder than they mean to. The instructors are stressed for a combination of those. We've seen how hard you worked and want you to do well. We've also seen what you have struggled ....

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  • I Don't Think I'm Ready....

    “I don’t think I’m ready for testing,” or “I don’t think my child is ready for testing”. We hear this phrase a minimum of 10 times a training cycle. Self-doubt is a serious thing that can truly hinder you as a student, or your child when you project it onto them. Especially in the early ranks, we aren’t looking at how great of a white belt you are, no white belts are perfect. We are looking at how you have handled this new challenge. We are looking at what you could possibly be in 3 or 5 years. We are looking for what you may look like as a black belt. Did you get motivated to learn the material and do your best? How did you handle your ....

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  • So, there's a chance?

    Anyone who knows Mr. and Mrs. O knows that we are huge UCF fans. Former UCF Quarterback, McKenzie Milton, made his return to college football last night (even though it was for FSU) after almost losing his leg in November of 2018 during a football game. He was rushed from the field in Tampa directly to the operating room, as they tried to save his leg from being amputated. Months later he revealed that when he woke up in the hospital, he lifted up the blanket, not knowing if his leg was going to be there or not. After that, he battled with infections which resulted in even more surgeries. His surgeon said that the best possible outcome would be if he could walk again without pain. His ....

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  • Pressure

    Pressure, we've all felt it. Some people thrive under it, others struggle to deal with the weight of it. All of us are under pressure every day. As adults, that may come at work, with a boss or trying to meet a deadline. It may come from family to spend more time on them, or to plan am event like a party. It may come from friends to be more social. It may come from yourself. Sometimes, we just want to yell and tell people to leave us alone and that you're trying your best. Children have those same pressures. Replace work with school and teachers. They deal with pressure to get their work done and get good grades. The pressure from parents to help around the house or maintain great ....

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  • Testing Is OVER!

    For everyone who tested this past week, we are so proud of you! This was one of the best testings we’ve had in a long time, and we are glad that you were a part of it! Along with testing ending this weekend, the Olympics wrapped up, and there were some exciting things that happened!What I’d like you to take from this past weekend is that in order for you to do well at something, you have to struggle. If everything comes easy for you, you will never feel that need to push yourself past your limits. Author Napoleon Hill wrote in one of his books, “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.” This weekend I saw ....

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  • Effort

    “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter. Last week we talked a lot in class about effort. To me, effort is one of the biggest aspects of training of any kind. An instructor, coach or parent can teach you everything that you need to know about a sport or art. They cannot make you do it the way they showed you. They can tell you what you will have to do to succeed, but they cannot make you try to do it. If I could figure out how to get inside everyone’s head and make them do their pattern the way we talk about, or spar the way we tell them to, I would. BUT, since I ....

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  • To win, you might lose

    As many of you know, the Olympics have started! These athletes are the epitome of hard work, dedication, and effort. Watching them compete is a fantastic demonstration of how to take a craft that you are good at, and apply yourself to the fullest potential, to become the best that you can be. Jean-Claude Killy, a French ski racer & three-time gold medalist, once said, “To win, you have to risk loss,” and I cannot think of a more true statement. Anytime that you compete at something, there may be someone who beats you. Anytime that you put yourself up to be judged, you may end up lower than you thought. Does that mean you shouldn’t compete? Or that you shouldn’t ....

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  • Self-Control, the most important tenet?

    There were so many things I was proud of at this tournament, and some moments I didn’t like seeing. The fourth tenet of taekwondo is Self-Control, and while we shorthand the meaning to be “Never lose your temper”, there are so many other things that this applies to. Tournaments are a great example. People get so tied up in the score they receive, or warnings they get, or points they hear clicked for the other person, that they distract themselves from performing well. In regards to self-control, Morgan Freeman says, “Self-control is strength. Calmness is mastery. You have to get to a point where your mood doesn’t shift based on the insignificant actions of ....

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  • Consistency is Key

    As we prepare for the tournament (and for testing the first week of August), consistency is key. The way that you practice your pattern every day in class is the way that you will do it on tournament or testing day. Everyone has heard the phrase “practice makes perfect”, but that’s not exactly true. If you practice your pattern every day, but doing the wrong block for one of your moves, it will never be correct. In reality, “PERFECT practice makes perfect.” Practicing your pattern the way you want it to look at the most important times is the only way to get it to consistently look that way. The only person who can control how much effort you put in, is you. ....

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  • Sometimes, Bad Things Happen to Good People

    This past weekend, I spent a lot of time with one of my best friends. I listened to her tell me about all of the issues she’s dealt with in the past week, and it made me remember the fact that bad things happen to good people. This friend is one of the best people I know. I’ve watched her grow up over the last 16 years, and to see her going through these issues as she prepares for one of the biggest events in her life was hard. But through it all, I watched her maturity. While she could have whined and cried about how unfair everything was, she instead put on a smile and talked about her plans to overcome the issues. While she was emotional when she talked about it in private, ....

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