Friday, November 8, 2019

Transferring Skills

By Sarah Smith, orange belt

A martial arts black belt doing a jump kick on a taekwondo targetLeadership is a foundation of Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo and the Colorado Taekwondo Institute.  Students are not just encouraged to learn basic self-defense skills and develop into black belts, but they are encouraged to grow as dynamic leaders inside and outside of their campus and school.  The Colorado Taekwondo Institute offers opportunities for students to become leaders internally (through becoming instructors or volunteering at events to bringing in food for donations to the local foodbank) and externally (by exemplifying the core values of Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo and inviting others to attend a class).

Learning martial arts at CTI has made me a better therapist and supervisor.   How?   Learning a new skill as an adult is difficult. It requires courage, patience, self- control, integrity, and indomitable spirit (and a lot of humility, and humor).  In practicing these regularly,  I have an increased awareness of how difficult it can be to un/learn a behavior and/or transition into a new set of expectations, which allows me to be more empathetic and understanding.  One of the aspects of Moo Sul Kwan and the Colorado Taekwondo Institute that I appreciate the most is the development of values in its students that can then be applied to all areas of life, in all stages of life.

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