Our new theme-of-the-month is Loyalty!

What is loyalty? It means to stay unwaveringly dedicated to a goal, ideal, or person. In taekwondo, loyalty is seen through your commitment to train hard in order to reach your goals even when there are bumps in the road and by showing respect towards your instructor, school, and fellow students. Loyalty also means to, at times, put others before yourself; to sacrifice your time and make an effort to support someone else. With loyalty towards yourself and others, success is a guarantee!

“Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.”

Woodrow Wilson (28th U.S. President)

“Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life.”

Napoleon Hill (Author)



Every now and then you will have an absolutely perfect day, when things just really couldn’t have gone any better. More often than not, however, you will have days when things could have gone a LOT better. And such is life. Is that a reason to go moping about? No way. Now, not everyone is going to look at life’s little speed bumps and immediately be grateful for the lessons that have been handed to them. In fact, most of us have most likely tripped over those speed bumps, been flung face first into the gravel, and are sitting on the ground grumbling. And that’s normal, maybe even a little healthy. Sometimes you just need to growl a little bit. But you can’t sit there grumbling for too long. After all, what’s that going to get you? A sore bottom at best (especially with the Texas sun beating down on that asphalt.)

So, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, take a deep breath and consider if you can take away a life lesson from the incident. Maybe you can immediately, or maybe it is something you will come to realize later on. Then… move on. And if you are still feeling a little grumbly, consider the following:

“If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.” ~ Oscar Wilde ~


“You can’t always get what you want But if you try sometimes you just might find You get what you need.” ~ The Rolling Stones ~

Changing your perspective can help change your attitude. And besides, it’s hard to argue with those words of wisdom now, isn’t it? 😉


Every event we face gives us an opportunity to choose how we react, and this in turn can influence subsequent outcomes. With the upcoming BBE, many Black Belts may be feeling a little more stressed than usual, but it is important that we maintain a positive outlook, especially if things don’t go quite how we plan.

Despite our best efforts at training and preparation, Black Belt Extravaganza can often present results we didn’t expect. Maybe we forget part of the form or stumble on a simple technique. The best thing to do is to shake it off so it doesn’t impact your performance in sparring or board breaks. Don’t let it get you down; keep a positive attitude instead! In BBE, and in life in general, speed bumps can pop up at the least opportune times. But we can choose whether we focus on the positive or the negative, and that ultimately determines what kind of experience we have.

We all hope that things go smoothly in BBE, at school, at work, at life. But that won’t always be the reality. Stuff happens — good stuff, bad stuff, crazy stuff, unexpected stuff. Always remember to approach events with a good attitude, as that often makes the biggest difference in the overall experience and what you gain from it.

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” ~ Dennis S. Brown ~


Everyone has an attitude. Sometimes it is a good one; sometimes it is a bad one; sometimes it is an optimistic one; sometimes it is a downright grumpy one; sometimes it is even an apathetic one. But no matter what the attitude may be, it can drastically affect how we function and how we view everything that happens.

A person’s attitude can change multiple times over the course of any day. Afterall, life is a series of ups and downs and it is going to impact how we feel. But when a negative outlook starts becoming the norm for everyday life, then it’s time to take a moment and re-group.

Every now and then, life will throw us a curve ball. (Actually, sometimes it feels more like life has an automatic ball launcher that has gone haywire and you’re in the batting cage being pelted. But I digress…)

Life is life. And life is very much what you choose to make of it. Each day you are given opportunities, but sometimes they disguise themselves. Will you notice them or will you be too focused on everything that went “wrong”? Realize that failures, for example, aren’t failures — they are chances to learn and grow your experience. Challenges are not insurmountable — they are a chance to put your grit and determination to good use. Your attitude greatly determines how you view the opportunities that present themselves as well as how you approach them. So choose your attitude well and don’t be afraid to take a swing at some of those curve balls coming your way. You never know when you might just hit a home run.

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” ~ Dennis S. Brown ~


For some of us, perseverance was displayed this past weekend when we got up at our regularly scheduled time on Sunday, even though it was an hour earlier than what we were accustomed to. Painful? Most definitely. (And if you happened to be at any of Saturday’s morning classes, it was doubly so.) But we had a goal — to get adjusted to the “loss” of that hour so that we could get back on track and be able to perform to our best ability as quickly as possible.

In a recent Black Belt class, during a challenging warm-up, one Black Belt declared out loud that he was not going to give up! (What was even better was that the rest of the class agreed that they weren’t going to give up either! And, by the way, no one did!!)

Perseverance comes at all different levels. We probably all know someone who perseveres through daily challenges – physical or emotional, or someone who has had to persevere through a great loss. Though we may not consciously think about it, deep down we all realize that perseverance is a key component in success, no matter whether the challenge is big, small, or somewhere in between.

So… don’t give up. Whatever it is that you want to achieve in the next hour, the next day, the next week, month, year or decade — however big or small an achievement it may be, set your sights on success and don’t give up!!