❄ "This is indeed the martial art of kicking and punching, but it is tied to stories and emotions. Practitioners will laugh at their mistakes and joke with one another, but they may also become depressed at their failures rather than seeing them as lessons.
"It won't be easy, but it will definitely be worth it. The journey from no belt to black belt is more than just learning a new way to do a roundhouse kick or how to break boards. It's about building character and becoming a better person than you were yesterday.
"It's better to be a kind white belt than a black belt with an ego the size of Jupiter. For I stand not with the strong and powerful, but with the weak and underestimated. The ones who are looked down on by others have the most strength, and the strongest will to fight back. Does the world see this? No. Do taekwondo practitioners see this? Yes.
"I often wish the world could be like my taekwondo class. Everyone respects each other, but there is a bit of FRIENDLY teasing. If the world could be like that, there would be no more war. Sometimes wishing isn't enough, so.....
"The next time you're practicing in the dojang, think about what you're really training for. Your black belt is one thing, but in taekwondo you learn more than just martial arts techniques. You learn the importance of respect and peace.
"You, a human being on planet Earth, have a voice. Use it." ❄