Taekwondo was my first martial art and it was a grounding and resounding force in my childhood and teen years. I achieved black belt when I was 19 years old. I trained fiercely and daily and I even took my red belt test with a cast on my broken arm. I loved it. I collected numerous medals and trophies from competitions I won.
Then I stopped caring about trophies and gold medals. My life got busy. I moved away from my dojang and couldn’t find one that was traditional like mine was. All of the dojangs I went to where I moved to were black belt mills, churning out 11 year old blackbelts at the request of their parents’ checks. I’m one that feels an 11 year old blackbelt that can’t take a punch from a 25 year old white belt shouldn’t be a blackbelt. Don’t get me wrong, there are young martial artists that are very good, but you should be old enough to really understand it, put in enough time to really develop the mindset, and be tested enough that it doesn’t break. Your body should be fully developed.
I left Taekwondo because I couldn’t find a school that I could tolerate, that was good enough for me. I’m not saying such schools aren’t good. I just held them to a particularly high level and things may be different for you. I left Taekwondo probably because it was an excuse to be lazy.
I’m not returning to Taekwondo. The competition, stunt, aerial kick syllabus just isn’t for me. I want something more traditional, more grounded. That’s why I’ve chosen to train now in Goju Ryu Karate.
It’s as simple as that. I’d be lying if I said I was never interested in those two styles, as I’ve wanted to train in them since I began training in Taekwondo. So wish my luck on my journey to master my mind, body, and soul.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.Confucius