After viewing and reading certain Martial Arts Schools/Clubs in
the surrounding I live in. Researching their organizations and choosing
one that we thought they could get the most out of. We chose a Martial
Arts school that instructed the art of Taekwondo and Hapkido.
You might ask why this choice.
As a parent I chose this path because of the history, the
challenge, and most of all the respect that goes into it. It molded
character, confidence, self respect, discipline, respecting parents and
people in general, as well as taught self-defense. It improved
socializing, attitudes in school, and respect at home. All of these
things were important to us as parents, looking for activities that they
can enjoy and avenues away from the culture of drugs, crime, and civil
The study and training provided achievements,
struggles, but yet rewards of accomplishments with their testing and
promotion process. It not showed them, but proved to them that anything
is possible with proper training and the power of learning.
Nothing can be more rewarding as a parent watches them grow and
especially when they receive their rank and certificate of
accomplishments from their Martial Arts School. You can see it in their
faces at the presentations. They know your proud and they know they
worked hard for this.
Two of my children are grown and started
life's of their own. Between school, marriage, jobs, and now children of
their own, they still carry the respect that they learned with it. Even
though life changes didn't allow them to finish, they still workout with
the Martial Arts that they learned. My two younger ones, both 16
now( boy and girl), are still active in the Martial Arts. My son is a
2nd Dan in Taekwondo and Hapkido. He is at the Martial Arts School 5-6
days a week and helps in every aspect from testing and instruction as
needed at the school.
My daughter is coming along in this style and injuries have
held her back some. But the drive is there and desire of not quitting
because of injuries or lifestyle is an accomplishment to me and herself.
Sure, they have all been injured at one time or another, but sports
can have the same result.
The rewards are worth the time and
money. Seeing the end result, the black belt test. This test is just not
your run of the mill test. This test lasted over 9 hours! A break of 10
minutes in the morning, 20 minutes at the halfway point, and another 10
minute break in last half of the test.
This test was the most
cruelty thing that I witnessed. It tested strength, endurance, mind
control, self control, and every aspect you can think of.
As the Master described, to see where their heart lies and true
desire to achieve the end result! After witnessing this test, I didn't
think anyone would finish. But I was wrong! The desire and the hunger
was amazing to see!
The last thing they did at this test, was the required
breaking, right after the sparring. Mind you, the physical drain of
being tested on everything you know or learned, the physical part, the
mind part, then being exhausted from that to sparring and grappling.
Then having to pull yourself together physically and mentally for the
breaking. Knowing that this is a pass or fail situation. This finish is
where you see the biggest accomplishment of all. Digging deep in
themselves and having the mind set, focusing ability to do the breaking.
Watching them encouraging others. Realizing the test is over, physically
exhausted and totaling drained. To line up, listen to the Masters words
about the test. Having your name read out to see if you pass or fail.
Going up to receive your certificates and having your black belt put on
you by your Master. This is the reward to me as a parent, the reward was
much greater to my son! Each test was harder, but yet the reward is
ultimate feeling and seeing him now it shows!
Donald Gordon Sr