Belt Recognition and Word of the Week

Congratulations to the following students on their recent belt advancement:

Taekwondo
Dori Mouris (Gold)
Sarah Morse  (Orange)
Sabrina Fuller (Blue)
Marie Vargas (Red)

Hapkido
Sabrina Fuller (Gold)
Stephan Weingertner (Gold)
Jay Langston (Brown w/stripe)

Well done and keep up the good work!

The Word of the Week: Faith

People tend to think that the point of martial arts training is learning how to fight. When you think of martial arts, you think of kicking, and punching, power and grace, discipline and physical fitness. While this is true, it is not the whole story! Martial arts training, at its best, requires faith because an actual fight should be the last resort of a martial artist.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

At its core, faith is a kind of trust or confidence. It is a belief in the power, value, or worth of something, and martial arts training is very valuable. It is a great source of strength. Over time, the martial arts can give a person power in the speed, precision, and discipline in their movement and physical ability.

But we do not train so that we can prove this in a fight! No one should ever hope for a fight, but martial arts training gives a person confidence that they can be prepared for the worst. A martial artist has faith by trusting their training.

When you break a board, or spar in class, or hit the heavy bag, you  gain trust in your ability to effectively kick, punch and move. You become confident in your ability and strength as a martial artist. You have faith that you could defend yourself if necessary. But a martial artist has conviction in a thing not seen, and trusts their training enough to not feel the need to prove it.

About Master Kelly

I've been teaching Martial Arts for nearly 20 years in Richmond, Virginia. I'm proud to use a traditional approach at Shield which combines the positive physical aspects of Tae Kwon Do training with positive personal values of character and integrity.
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