Word of the Week: Strength

The way we think about strength is shown in the mission statement of our school: “Building strength in mind, body and spirit.”

There are three aspects to being strong.

Physical strength in a combative situation is important. Sometimes strength can compensate for technique. It is very helpful in martial arts to have a strong body. This is why push-ups aren’t punishment; they’re something that’s good for you!

Mental strength, however, is even more important. Even though I am not as physically capable as I was when I was young, my mental strength has only increased. My confidence, experience, and savviness make me a more formiddable fighter than ever. Physical strength being equal, mental character separates between two opponents.

However, strength of spirit is paramount. If you don’t have spiritual strength, nothing else matters. I am not trying just to bring up my own religious beliefs, but it is vital that you have a sense of peace with yourself and with your purpose in the world. Figuring this out can avoid a lot of conflict in life. I try to live my life through my beliefs. Actions speak louder than words, and I try to life according to the values I have. It’s important for you to do the same.

Think of these three aspects of strength as the three legs of a stool. Without all three, things get out of balance—and real strength requires balance.

Published by 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 & Hapkido training with positive personal values of character and integrity.

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