Sunday, April 8, 2018

Camp MSK

By Cody Jacobson, red belt, CTI LeAD Team Member

Here at CTI, we do lots of activities. One of my favorites is Camp MSK. Some people I’ve met have considered going to camp but decided against it because they were too scared. Some said they would miss their parents, others said it is a long time away from home. I personally was not deterred from going to camp for my first time. I looked at it as a way to grow within Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo. When you do go, it is a tremendous amount of fun.

Camp MSK is one of the best places. You always have fun, and the food is great. It's really not scary. Even if none of the students in your class or your campus (of which I doubt) are coming you always make friends. One way to do so is to become friends with your demo group. The demos at camp are always amazing. Another place to make friends is at the communal meals. There are always people willing to sit with anyone at dinner, lunch and breakfast. You are never alone. If you are afraid that you will forget to put on sunscreen or get hurt, or anything of that sort, you don't need to worry. On the first day of camp, you will receive an upper belt buddie (most commonly black belts) and they make sure that you get on sunscreen and bug spray if you need it. If not, your group leader will. Group leaders will try and make sure you don't get hurt.

Kids kicking at a martial arts summer camp in the Colorado mountainsI think the best part of camp, even though it is all amazing, is probably the food. I know other students and black belts will agree with me. The food is so good you would not even imagine. This food gives us the energy to tackle all of the days activities. We do hiking, biking, swimming, rock climbing, archery, and of course, MSK Taekwondo. Sometimes, we do classes inside of classes. For example, we might go biking then stop and do poomse, or basics. We sometimes also have one class all day long. It is not uncommon to learn new moves at least once while at camp. You get to have class with different instructors that you are not used to having. Sometimes, people come out from Missouri. It is good to learn from different instructors, it improves your learning area.

Along with all of the MSK Taekwondo activities we do at camp, we also do non-Taekwondo related stuff. As mentioned in the paragraph above, we do rock climbing, and archery. We don't put all of that stuff you bring to waste. On your packing list, it says to bring a bike. We go on lots of rides, and sometimes set our bikes down and do a class. We have classes almost anywhere possible. We also use what's around us. Once, I did a class on staffs and we used sticks instead of staffs. We always take a hike to a waterfall near the end of camp. We take pictures of us at this spot. We also go to a place called the Kiva. We go there on our free time, and we have a lot of fun. There you can play basketball, roller skate or do other gym type activities. We also go to the tubing hill. It is open all year round, and is a lot of fun. We do lots of non-Taekwondo activities.

MSK Summer Camp is one of the best Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo events there is. I would hate to miss out, even if that means losing five days of summer vacation.  I hope you think so too.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts: Experience of the New Old Guy

By Brian O'Reilly, green belt

I am new to Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts. I’m 50 years old; but I’m not old! Thanks in large part to Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts!

Martial arts for adults in fun and exciting adult martial arts classesI have been an athlete for nearly all of my life and involved in a wide range of organized sports, exercise and recreational activities. Participating in sports as a youth is very different than participating as an adult.  When you are young, there is so much to learn about your body, your competitive spirit, how to train, and how to interact with opponents, teammates, referees and coaches. I grew up around athletics as my dad was a high school coach for 40 years.  I asked my dad at an early age why sports are important for a student athlete who will never be good enough to “go pro” and make a career as a professional athlete.  His answer pointed out the obvious physical and mental benefits of exercise for people of all ages.  He also stressed the equally important personal and social lessons of learning a skill, consistent hard work, commitment, loyalty,positive interaction with teammates/authority figures, sportsmanship and how to navigate through successes and failures.  He pointed out that all of these lessons are available through athletics, especially in a solid program lead by a great coach.  He stressed that these are life-lessons and should transfer into adulthood to create the leaders of tomorrow.  Adults who never learn these life-lessons struggle personally, professionally and can have a negative impact on society as a whole. Fortunately I have been surrounded by great teachers, coaches, bosses and mentors.  As an adult the life-lessons of athletics continue to ring true and help me grow, physically, mentally and spiritually as a well-rounded person.  Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts is now my sport of choice as a 50 year old man.

Moderation was never really my thing.  My body has paid the price over the years for extreme living. Broken bones are par for the course in any contact sport; but years of heavy weight-lifting and CrossFit programs resulted in various surgeries which eventually slowed me down as an adult.  I was unhappy during the recovery/healing times, craved physical activity, and competition. Yet, I was also worried that I would be back under the knife again if I kept up the same extreme and active pace. I had always been fascinated with the Martial Arts from afar, so I thought I would give it a try.  There were so many options available it was difficult to choose; but after some in-depth research I joined The Colorado Taekwondo Institute and the study of Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts.   I was very fortunate to have landed where I did!

Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute (CTI) was exactly what I needed.  The Colorado Taekwondo Institute was founded by Grandmaster James M. Sautel, 8th Dan Black Belt, in 1983, and there are now several locations throughout the Colorado.  CTI works in association with the Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts Institute and the American Martial Arts Sports and Education Association.  Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts was brought to the United States by Great Grandmaster Lee H. Park in 1969 and serves as the model for training at all Colorado Taekwondo Institute locations.  The CTI mission statement is “To encourage and develop world-class leaders through educational excellence and Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts traditions”.  For the past year and a half, my personal experience with CTI and Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts training has been in line with the CTI Mission Statement and the life-lessons I have been taught growing up.  The aims of Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts, the tenets of Taekwondo and the philosophy, goals and operation of the Colorado Taekwondo Institute complement my lifestyle, goals, ethics, exercise and competitive needs. I enjoy the ability to challenge my body in new ways, and for many years to come, which will lead to healthier longevity without the high-risk of injury.  I also enjoy the mental and emotional challenges related to learning a new discipline and starting out a program as a rookie.  I’m the new old guy!  Starting Moo Sul Kwan adult martial arts is new experience that teaches humility, patience and perseverance.  I believe that a little suffering in any forum is the requirement for success.  As a 50 year old, that suffering can be more apparent than when you’re an 18 years old athlete!  But that challenge to stay involved, active and fight through the aches and pains has its rewards.  The rewarding and positive experience of Moo Sul Kwan martial arts for adults at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute is more than physical.  The bonding and team support with fellow students, support by upper-belt students and black belt instructors is a mental and emotional reward by itself.  Most prominent though is the inspirational guidance, instruction and care provided by Grandmaster Sautel.  I am fortunate to have found Moo Sul Kwan adult martial arts, which provides comprehensive body, mind and spirit training, knowledge and self-defense skills. I am fortunate to have found The Colorado Taekwondo Institute, which honors the traditions of Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts while providing a positive and exciting modern-day forum for training, learning and competition.  I am very fortunate to be surrounded by supportive CTI Students and Instructors…and I cannot say enough about how lucky I am to study under CTI founder Grandmaster Sautel.  I’ve added him to my very short, selective and influential list of heroes. In talking to fellow students I know that I’m not alone as he inspires so many others at CTI.  I am always happy to have the opportunity to share my positive experience with others, especially those with similar backgrounds and needs.  CTI and Moo Sul Kwan martial arts for adults have provided everything I was looking for and I’m excited to continue my training for many years to come.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Uniform

By Devon Bilyeu, 1st dan

Martial arts upper belts at a Taekwondo tournament wearing uniformsIn the martial art of Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo, the uniform is very important to the practice, like many other martial arts and sports in general.  The uniform is important in aspects such as discipline and respect, along with smaller details like rank. To start, the uniform is a method of, and represents the discipline of the sport.  Everyone is required to wear a uniform, with few to no exceptions, therefore a method of discipline. Another reason for a uniform is that it shows respect. Wearing a uniform when practicing MSK Taekwondo shows respect not only to the sport itself, but also the people working out around you, showing that you are dedicated to the sport and upholding the Moo Sul Kwan values while wearing it. Wearing the uniform also shows respect to the instructor, implying that once you put it on, you are ready to learn and practice the martial art. The uniform also shows rank, with a plain white uniform with a colored belt for training, under black belt students.  MSK Black belts wear a special, embroidered uniform with black lapels and stripes on the right sleeve showing the dan. The uniform is also part of the history of Taekwondo, relating all the way back to when Taekwondo and similar martial arts were practiced and taught in the Korean military. The Taekwondo uniform we have today was originally derived from the military practice uniform, and has changed over time.  Wearing the uniform also pays respect to the heritage of Taekwondo, relating all the way back to Korea.

The belt is also included in the uniform, possibly being one of the most important parts, used for showing rank as well as keeping the uniform fastened. The belt is an indicator of rank, with colors showing different ranks, with black being the highest. Once the goal of black belt is reached, the belt stays black throughout the belts, with embroidery showing the level of black belt.  The belt also is a huge part of the uniform in terms of keeping it tidy.  The belt ensures that the lapels of the uniform are held in place properly, keeping the uniform looking clean and, well, uniform.  One final point is to make sure to always keep the uniform clean. If the uniform is dirty, then it is disrespectful to the sport and the instructors.  Because the uniform is white, it is easy to tell when it is dirty and needs to be washed, so make sure to keep it clean! Overall, the uniform is a huge part of the martial art Taekwondo, possibly one of the biggest, its importance outweighing almost any other aspect.

Monday, February 26, 2018

44th CTI Superbowl is a Blast!

Our 44th CTI Superbowl took place at Alameda International Junior/Senior High School on February 23-24! A CTI Superbowl record number 346  competitors attended this very special end of the CTI year event.

The action began on Friday evening with black belt staff poomse competition. After the many dynamic staff poomse, double-elimination black belt sparring followed for the adults. Junior black belt sparring and breaking competitions also took place before Friday evening was over.

Saturday began early with black belts starting at 7:00 AM with poomse and poomse breaking competitions. Red, brown and purple belts followed and competed in poomse, breaking, sparring and First Point Wins!

Our youngest competitors made up the second group of the day and the older white-blue belts came after that. 

To celebrate the end of the CTI-year, everyone under black belt competes for the Grand Champion awards. This year's Grand Champions were: Josh Miller, Jacobi Field, Jason Stencel, Sr., Amy Krupp and Annie Jensen.

Here are the results:


1st Place
Benny Aguirre       Angela Almaraz     Landon Aquino     Vivi Brown     Lucas Brown     Mattox Bebenik      Chris Cardella     Alexis Chavez     Dalton Cole     Quynn Cotner     Katie Dahle     Lynne Dean     Lars Den Hartog     Jacobi Field     Oliver Gomez     Liam Green     Olivia Hamilton     Keet Holdridge     Isaac Jensen     Adina Johnson     Nathaniel Keckler     Collin Kreutz     Amy Krupp     Lily Laird     Evelyn LaMorgese     Lennix Chavez     Sabrina Liu     Chirstina Manna     Julian Marine     Conor McConaghy     Cash McConaghy     Elsie McDonald     Natasha McKernan     Tyler Moore     Liam Mulligan     Mitchell Oleszek     Jason Ranjit     Caleb Romero     Isabella Sandoval     Michael Sandusky     Harmony Scott     Mark Scott     Gavin Scott     Derek Simpson     Ahston Sipes     Aiden Soule     Rickert Speckamn     Allan Stanton     Jason Stencel, ,Sr.     Lydia Tan     Alex Tan     Da Minh Tran     Layla Tran     Makayla Trapp     Tina Vo     Andrew Wilcox     Lydia Willis     Ali Wolfe     Sigourney Zager     Lucy Zappe

2nd place
Amadeao Amaducci     Kirun Agarwal     Brendan Arink     Reagan Beaver     Ryann Beaver     Kenneth Brancio     Peyton Brauch     Anabella Briceno     Jonathan Castro     Garrett Cole     Colin Cook     Julian Crawford     Coco Daily     Deb Denny     Eric Evans     Sesly Evers     Jackson Feik     Kyle Fergason     Tristan Garcia     Helen Grenillo-Weaver     Elizabeth Hawkins     Jett Herblan     Philip Hoenmans     Hunter Humeniuk     Sean Huntley     Cody Jacobson     Annie Jensen     Brian Jensen     Trace Jensen     Chance Kane     Zoey Krupp     Sarah Luper     Melvin Marine     Katelyn Minden     Jovan Moore     Hope Morgan    Caiden Murphy     Tyler Murphy     Leto Ochsner     Merrick Oleszek     Marley Powers     Joshua Ranjit     Malachai Romero     India Ross     Lance Schwartz     Keira Sherman     Grant Shirley     Gabriella Sleight     Thoas Sleight    Eleanor Smagala     Zane Stphenson     Cooper Stephenson     Ivy Strickland     Aidan Sturm     Bent Todd     Ethan Trapp     Layla Trujillo     Jack Weichert     Eva Welch     Ryan Wyngarden

3rd place
Annie Abbink     Elvie Aguirre     Emily Artman     Hunter Bates     Devon Bilyeu     Jeffery Bowen     Thomas Burden     Craig Cardella    Averie Chavez     John Cook     Benjamin Crowley     Shekina DeTienne     Lillian Eichelberger     Jonah Elstad      Jordan Florence      Luna Garcia     Liam Gilmore     Finnegan handlin     Miette Jandreau     Sabrina Jensen     Zane Kaulbach     Irene Kim     Charlotte Lafler    Nate Larson     Michael Lemmon     Adam Lemmon     Eileen Lindner     Nina Madayag     Nathaniel McKernan     Hannah Meadows     Lucah Meyer     Trish Nguyen     Colin Palminteri     Donovan Penrod     Ashton Price     Meryn Probasco     Kayla Roberts     haddie Rolfing     William Schwartz     Kaydence Scott     Gregory Smagala     Aspen Smith     Race Sober     Dylan Soule     Ellie Stanton     Darcy Stanton     Jason Stencel, Jr.     Gavin Thurman     TJ Tibbetts    Shaydon Tuttle     Noah Vaughn     Andrew Votaw     Lincoln Walker     Bradley Wangberg     Maxwell Weaver     Hayden Welch     Samuel Wolfe     Beth Wolfe     Jacob Woodruff      Evan Yach

4th place 
Micah Abrams     Elijah Alire     Jackson Babcock     Rachel Bakkum     Eliseo Bandala     Mathias Bauer     Sidney Bratten     Susan Burgstiner     Debra Chandler     Tyler Cobb     Bryce Cole     Jensen Cook     Sarah Dahle     Deb Larson     Holly Fergason     Noah Gomez     Gwen Gutierrerz     Hank Haubner     Calvin Haubner     Jameson Healy     Calvin Jensen     Christian Jezek     Don Johnson      Brandon Kirt     Brynn Konrad     Oliver Martie    Erich Mc Carthy     Warren McDonald     Bowen Meyer     Lily Miller     Mary Moen     Arnov Narumanchi     Theryn Ochsner     Kylee Odom     Brian O'Reilly     Toby Palminteri     Jackie Penrod     Isabella Peterson     Sammy Pwers     Naomi Price     Ethan Price     Kathleen Sautel     Jayden Scherer     Ed Stanton     Nethika Suraweera     Taylor Tipton     Jade Trujillo     Soren Vanderstek     Andra Vieru     Olivea Walsh     Ahas Weerapura     Kaddie Williams     Jonathan Wright     Braden Zach


1st place
Grace Bebenik     Lettie  Chavez     William Crowley     Evelyn Fleetwood     Chase Gentry     Samuel Gomez     Piper Hamilton     Keira Haubner     Miles Humphress     Coraline Lizzio    Hudson Handlin     Hunter Bates     Lindy Madelbaum     Ryan Marine     Alexander Newman     Maryn Rolfing     Brody Shaver     Amalina Tarr     Elias Vaughn     Rue Weerapura     


1st place
Alexis Chavez      Lynne Dean     Lars Den Hartog     Oliver Gomez     Liam Green     Keet Holdridge     Adina Johnson     Amy Krupp     Sabrina Liu     Julian Marine     Michael Sandusky     Aiden Soule     Rickert Speckman     Allan Stanton     Da Minh Tran     Tina Vo     Brendan Arink      Jonathan Castro     Eric Evans     Hudson Handlin     Brian Jensen     Sarah Luper     Hope Morgan     Marley Powers     Eleanor Smagala     Jack Weichert     Emily Artman     Jonah Elstad     Miette Jandreau     Eileen Lindner     Hannah Meadows     Kaydence Scott     Gregory Smagala     TJ Tibbetts     Shaydon Tuttle     Andrew Votaw     Hayden Welch    Rachel Bakkum     Calvin Jensen     Oliver Martie     Erich McCarthy     Warren McDonald     Mary Moen     Theryn Ochsner     Ed Stanton     Joshua Stencel     Quynn Cotner     Dylan Foster     Sam LaMorgese     Kaylyn McEwan     MIchael Erik Meadows     Joshua Miller     Caleb Port     Evan Shacklett     Michael Veith     Weston Wolfe     Claire Zappe   

2nd place   
Benny Aguirre     Vivi Brown     Chris Cardella     Katie Dahle     Isaac Jensen     Nathaniel Keckler     Conor McCarthy     Cash McConaghy     Caleb Romero     Isabella Sandoval     Ahston Sipes     Lucy Zappe      Elizabeth Hawkins     Philip Hoenmans     Cody Jacobson     Annie Jensen     Zoey Krupp     Melvin Marine     Jovane Moore     Caiden Murphy     Tyler Murphy     Malachai Romero     India Ross     Grant Shirley     Ivy Strickland     Ethan Trapp     Eva Welch     Hunter Bates      Craig Cardella     Sabrina Jensen     Charlotte Lafler     Ashton Price     Race Sober     Dylan Soule     Ellie Stanton     Noah Vaughn     Evan Yach     Eliseo  Bandala     Jensen Cook     Noah Gomez     Gwen Gutierrez     Hank Haubner     Kylee Odom     Jackie Penrod     Braden Zack     Andrei Amihalachio     Candice Chandler     Zachary Cotner     Deb Larson     Talus Folks     Sean Konrad     Andy Mc Daniel     Bridget Sautel     Vi Vu     Allie Warnick

3rd place 
Angela Almaraz     Dalton Cole     Jacobi Field     Evelyn LaMorgese     Ryan Marine     Liam Mulligan     Harmony Scott     Mark Scott     Gavin Scott     Derek Simpson     Jason Stencel, Sr.     Lydia Tan     Andrew Wilcox     Ali Wolfe     Kirun Agarwal     Colin Cook     Sesly Evers     Chance Kane     Katelyn Minden      Merrick Oleszek    Lance Schwartz     Ryan Wyngarden     Annie Abbink     Thomas Burden    Shekina DeTienne     Zane Kaulbach     Nate Larson     Lucah Meyer     Trish Nguyen     Jason Stencel, Jr.     Samuel Wolfe    Elijah Alire     Mathias Bauer     Sarah Dahle     Calvin Haubner     Bowen Meyer     Brian O'Reilly     Toby Palminteri     Jayden Scherer     Soren Vanderstek     Andra Vieru     Ahas Weerapura     Lennix Chavez      Mariah Cordova     Evan Crowley     Lauren Dahlberg     Kim Freeman     Adam Harkins     Diego Quezada    Matthew Roberts    Lorianna Shultz     Brian Steward     Lily Strickland     Jackie Uchiyama     Maillee Wallace

4th place
Lucas Brown     Mattox Bubenik     Christina Manna     Elsie McDonald     Makayla Trapp     Amadeo Amaducci    Reagan Beaver     Ryann Beaver     Garrett Cole     Sean Huntley     Keira Sherman     Ben Todd     Devon Bilyeu     Jeffery Bowen     John Cook     Lillian Eichelberger     Finnegan Handlin     Adam Lemmon     Colin Palminteri     Donovan Penrod     Meryn Probasco     Darcy Stanton     Lincoln Walker     Bradley Wangberg     Debra Chandler     Bryce Cole     Don Johnson      Isabella Peterson     Kathleen Sautel     Nethika Suraweera     Penelope Cocoros     Logan Gill     Rnady Hernandez     Jacob Hoenmans     RJ Larson     Dean Loux     Evan McEwan     Jennifer McKernan     Courtney Moen     Silas Rees     Erik Rodriguez     Alex Schwartz     Nick Tibbetts     Raegan Welch     Nick Slinkard     Dylan Wellensiek     Chase Wyngarden     Colston Yoder     Elijah Zappe


1st place
Alexis Chavez     Lynne Dean     Lars Den Hartog     Oliver Gomez     Keet Holdridge     Adina Johnson     Amy Krupp     Sabrina Liu     Jonathan Castro     Hudson Handlin     Marley Powers     Eleanor Smagala     Gregory Smagala     TJ Tibbetts     Andrew Votaw     Calvin Jensen     Ed Stanton     Dylan Foster     Evan Shacklett     Weston Wolfe     Chris Cardella     Isaac Jensen     Cody Jacobson     Annie Jensen     Caiden Murphy     Ashton Price     Hank Haubner     Angela Almaraz     Dalton Cole     Jacobi Field     Evelyn LaMorgese     Harmony Scott     Derek Simpson     Ali Wolfe     Katelyn Minden     Brian O'Reilly     Toby Palminteri     Jayden Scherer     Lauren Dahlberg     Christina Manna     Ben Todd     Debra Chandler     Jacob Hoenmans     Courtney Moen     Layla Tran     Sigourney Zager     Trace Jensen     Leto Ochsner     Gavin Thurman     Roland Dander     TJ Gutierrez     Colt McConaghy

2nd place
Jack Weichert     Kaydence Scott     Shaydon Tuttle     Hayden Welch     Warren McDonald     Sam LaMorgese     Josh Miller     Michael Veith     Claire Zappe     Elizabeth Hawkins     Philip Hoenmans     Jovan Moore     India Ross     Ellie Stanton     Jackie Penrod     Braden Zach     Zachary Cotner     Deb Larson     Talus Folks     Ryan Marine     Jason Stencel     Lydia Tan     Kirun Agarwal     Colin Cook     Merrick Oleszek     Lance Schwartz     Thomas Burden     Zane Kaulbach     Samuel Wolfe     Bowen Meyer     Andra Vieru     Ahas Weerapura     Kim Freeman     Matthew Roberts     Lorianna Shultz     Lillian Eichelberger     Colin Palminteri     Lincoln Walker     Bradley Wangberg     Bryce Cole     Isabella Peterson     RJ Larson     Silas Rees     Lydia Willis     Helen Grennilo-Weaver     Averie Chavez     Michael Lemmon     Jonathan Castro     Mya Field     Savian Roberts     Oliver Shultz     Patrick Stolle


1st place
Lars den Hartog     Annie Jensen     Caiden Murphy     Jacobi Field     Katelyn Minden     Roland Dander     Philip Hoenmans     Jovan Moore     Jason Stencel      Lance Schwartz     Julian Marine     Emily Artman     Mary Moen     Vivi Brown     Conor McCarthy     Craig Cardella     Race Sober     Mathias Bauer     Mariah Cordova     Diego Quezada     Jackie Uchiyama     Chase Wyngarden     Aidan Sturm     Jameson Healy     Kaddie Williams     Turner Jensen     Hudson Van Voorhees


1st place
Bridget Sautel     Nick Slinkard    Collin Kreutz     Makayla Trapp     Merrick Oleszek     Ryan Wyngarden

2nd place
Devon Bilyeu     Nina Madayag     Evelyn LaMorgese     Kathleen Sautel     Michael Sandusky   

3rd place
Brian Steward     Tyler Murphy     Peyton Brauch     Gwen Gutierrez     Brynn Konrad     Ethan Trapp

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Model Concept of Moo Sul Kwan

By Ethan Trapp, 2nd dan

The Colorado Taekwondo Institute (CTI) teaches students to be well rounded individuals. The first president of Moo Sul Kwan came up with the model concept which is a teaching strategy that incorporates three parts to create well rounded and educated martial artists. The psychomotor (body) and affective (spirit) are at the bottom of this model. Students must become masters of these two parts before they master the third, the cognitive, or mind element of a great martial artist. The Moo Sul Kwan Model Concept is crucial in creating knowledgeable and fit martial artists with greater abilities outside of just the physical martial arts.

Martial arts students developing their body, mind and spirit through trainingThe Psychomotor domain covers the physical aspect of Taekwondo and is vital to having a healthy and active life. It is the the first element of the Model Concept taught to students. Every time we work out, we work on the Psychomotor domain. To start off class, we do jumping jacks which raise your heart rate and get us warmed up for the real workout. Following that, there are stretches. In this, we do push ups and sit ups. These exercises help keep our core strong and build muscle to improve strength. Many other activities done in Taekwondo such as sparing, poomse, and basics contribute the the Psychomotor domain. Doing all of this exercise has countless benefits. As with most exercise, you get an elevated heart rate. Along with that, exercise keeps you fit and in shape, which has applications in everyday life. Exercise keeps you motivated and more active in general. Benefits that are specific to Taekwondo include more precise movement and body awareness. It should also be noted that regular exercise is known to release chemicals in your brain that keep you feeling happy regularly. The Psychomotor domain is an important place to start in the Model Concept as it builds the foundation for the other areas.

Following that, the Affective domain is taught to students as it furthers training. The affective domain is needed to create well rounded students because it applies concepts to everyday life. This domain appears in everything we do as well. The most prevalent examples are in the quarterly tournaments, the steady progression of belts, and the Tenets of Taekwondo. All of these help the Affective domain because they teach students to work hard for rewards and become better people. We learnt to have goals that are difficult to achieve which makes them more meaningful. In the world outside Taekwondo, a developed Affective domain gives an advantage over everybody else. We are taught to work hard and have a passion for something. This gives us purpose and motivation. It helps us have fun and create better relations with others because of the different values like courtesy and humbleness. The Affective domain provides the necessary groundwork to have success.

The Cognitive is taught last because it builds off of the foundations of the other two. This domain helps students to think for themselves and be able to teach the material most effectively. This domain comes only after mastery of the other two as it needs a base. The Cognitive Domain is taught in activities like promotion tests, difficult classes, tournament preparation, and the numerous social events. All of these help the student to thoroughly work through the material and prepare for unknown situations. In other words, this domain is what makes CTI students leaders. We know how to pass on material and gain a better understanding of it. The applications of this skill are numerous. Students become natural leaders and examples in all aspects of life. The Cognitive domain creates strong people who are fit to lead in the world.

Overall, the Model Concept is an effective method to creating balanced individuals. It has applications in and out of Taekwondo. The Psychomotor and Affective domain builds up the individual, and the Cognitive domain sharpens these skills to be able to better connect with others. The Moo Sul Kwan Model Concept creates hardworking and humble people who can make a positive impact on the world.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Discipline for Me

By Brynn Konrad, 1st dan

Karate students learning discipline through martial arts teachingI looked up the definition of “discipline” and found a few different definitions.  I found: “the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience”; “control gained by enforcing obedience or order”; “Discipline is the quality of being able to behave and work in a controlled way which involves obeying particular rules or standards”; “orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior “; “Self control”.  And then, I looked up self control in the dictionary and found the following: “restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires”.  After all of this, my personal definition of discipline is to use self control to behave appropriately.

Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo at the CTI has helped me to learn and use self discipline in myself.  It began in my first years of MSK Taekwondo classes, where I learned the importance of attending regularly and on time.  I quickly realized how important it was to call if I was sick and needed to miss a class.  In class, we worked on poomse movements and exercises that helped me learn the details of discipline.  As I became an upper belt, I used my self discipline (and interest) to attend weekend classes and events.  Sometimes it was hard when I needed to miss birthday parties and staying over with friends.  But, all of this has really helped me, since I was able to learn that when you work towards a goal and are completely committed, you can achieve your goals.

I see how it has helped me in other sports as well.  For example, in basketball, there have been times when I am running down the court and know I can beat the other team to the basket and make a shot, but instead, I quickly take a look around me and look for one of my teammates, who is open, to pass to and feel the importance of working together as a team.  There are times I get pushed down and use my self discipline to pick myself back up, hold my head high and continue with the game.  I have learned that it is best not to let others know when they get to you in these situations.

I could not be more grateful for everything that the Colorado Taekwondo Institute has taught me.  The discipline around my time has been very beneficial for my homework and grades.  I always give my best to homework, projects and tests at school.  This is another journey to achieve future goals.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Training Tied to Academic Achievement

By Logan Gill, red belt

At the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, Taekwondo is closely tied to academic achievement.  Research has shown that students who engage in extracurricular activities tend to do better in school.  Why does being a part of outside-of-school activities, such as Taekwondo, help kids with academics?  For one, athletic activities like martial arts boost brain health and efficiency.  Furthermore, enjoyment of extra activities helps the student's self-confidence, which directly translates to more confidence in both academics and social areas at school.  Taekwondo also increases memory through understanding and memorization of martial arts skills, which are practiced and developed as the Taekwondo student progresses.

Taekwondo is a team sport.  In it, students can both individually excel and flourish as part of a group.  Taekwondo tournaments offer a chance for friendly competition, and the tournaments can offer both team and individual competition.  Additionally, teamwork increases your ability to communicate and work collaboratively, both inside school and outside of it.  The ability to cooperate with others is useful and sought after in all areas of life.

Teaching academic achievement through martial arts Taekwondo trainingInvolvement in activities like Taekwondo increases time management skills.  Kids who regularly attend activities such as Taekwondo learn how to manage their time in terms of what is most important to them and what needs to be done, so they are better prepared for school, especially as it grows more challenging.  In fact, the time management skills that come from attending extracurricular activities are essential for both school and academics outside of it.

At the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, the focus is not just on martial arts skills.  While advanced Taekwondo skills and patterns are being taught, students also practice self-control and respect, among other physical and mental qualities.  When Taekwondo students practice their skills, they learn the importance of practice and continual usage for the advancement of other skills as well.  Taekwondo students simultaneously excel mentally and physically.

One of the most important mental qualities of a person in today's world is grit and determination.  Upper-belt students at CTI have had to have a strong work ethic to get where they are now.  Reaching black belt and beyond takes extreme determination and perseverance, no matter the student's initial skill level— and the satisfaction is worth it.  However, reaching black belt is only the beginning.  All students of Taekwondo are constantly striving for the next level, no matter how advanced they are.  This constant reach for excellence is one of the best things a Taekwondo student, no matter what age, can do for themselves.

For me, Taekwondo has provided all this and more.  I am a good student at school and I am sure I have benefited from being part of the CTI Taekwondo community.  The constant hard work it takes has been extremely rewarding.  Any student in Taekwondo definitely benefits from it- physically, mentally, in school, out of school, and in life.