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AUGUST 2006

 

Testing:  We will conduct the next promotion testing on Saturday, August 19th in the large gym starting at 9am.  The doors will be open at 830am.  We request that all students attend the testing.  For those not testing it is a good chance to observe testing and support the other students.  It is also a sign of respect to attend all testings.  The testing list will be published by email and on our website.  All forms and fees will be due by Thursday, August 17th.  Please contact Mr. Todd or Mr. Bushor if you have any questions. 

Camp:  We took 25 students from Axe Taekwon-Do to the camp in Missouri.  All students are completing surveys on what they liked or disliked about the camp, which we will share with the camp directors.  Overall the camp went well except for the extreme heat.  We had the largest school in attendance again this year.  We sincerely thank you for the support.  This is what the spirit of Taekwon-Do is about, much more than just simply attending class.  If you don’t attend the camps, tournaments, seminars and testing’s you are missing out on the entire art.  Try to attend what fits into your schedule and budget. 

Congrats: As you may have noticed Mr. Bushor is now proudly wearing a 5th degree black belt.  His testing was very good.  The test board consisted of Master Meek, 7th degree, Master Cope, 7th degree & Master Winn, 7th degree.  Mr. Todd was the testing director.  Mr. Glover from Knob Noster Taekwon-Do also tested for 1st degree.  Mr. Bushor demonstrated his excellence in patterns and step sparring where it was over 100 degrees in the gym with no air conditioning.  Mr. Bushor finished the testing with a destructive downward knife hand break demolishing 6 concrete tiles, check out our web site for an excellent picture taken by Mr. Meek, 5th degree.  He also demonstrated a 5 board side piercing kick.  Mr. Glover demonstrated some of the best semi free sparring that has been witnessed in a long time.  If you haven’t congratulated Mr. Bushor, please do.  All students share in his success, without students we could not progress as instructors.  To be a good instructor you need motivated students, thanks to all.

Students of the Month:  Mr. Zach Araujo and Ms. Jessica Fuller have been selected as the Students of the Month for August.  They have demonstrated the tenants of Taekwon-Do in and outside of class.  Please visit the http://www.axetkd.com homepage to read about the Students of the Month.

Battle of the BeltsThe annual Battle of the Belts will be held in Harrisburg, Missouri on September 16th.  We have attended this annual tournament for the past few years.  This is an excellent USTF tournament.  As with last year we will car pool to Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Missouri and camp out in Mr. Ranger’s Taekwon-Do school to save money.  We are looking at having a Friday night class with Mr. Ranger’s school.  Then leave early on Saturday morning and drive the additional distance to the tournament on the 16th.  We will return late Saturday evening.  If we did this all in one day we would end up leaving at 3am and we don’t want that long of a day.  All are welcome to attend.  We will release more information as soon as we have it. 

Future Events:

August 19th - Testing – Axe Taekwon-Do

September 16th – Tournament - USTF Battle of the Belts, Harrisburg, Missouri

October - USTF Referee Course -Axe Taekwon-Do

November – Testing

 Web News:  If you have any ideas for our web site located at http://www.axetkd.com please inform Mr. Bushor or Mr. Todd. 

 Learning (By Ricky J. Todd, 6th degree)

 What have you learned thus far in your Taekwon-Do education?  Have you learned to be respectful?  Have you learned to defend yourself?  Have you gained self-confidence?  Do you have more integrity?  Have you learned to control your temper? 

 The tenets of Taekwon-Do outline Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit.  Many of us recite these tenets and the student oath, but do we understand them?  I am shocked when one of our students or black belts falls from the path of trying to become a better person.  Recently I observed a black belt point out to a waitress that she had failed to charge him properly for his meal at a local restaurant.  An excellent example of integrity.  This black belt could have easily walked out of the restaurant and the waitress would probably have been charged for this mistake.  The black belt didn’t point this out or make a big deal of it; he simply did the right thing.  He probably didn’t even notice that I observed this, but I did.  I constantly observe students behavior in and outside the school.  Sometimes I comment when they fall from the correct way, but sometimes I just mark their discretion as a character trait and ensure that I work on correcting it. 

By no means am I a perfect person, but I have spent the last 23 years pursuing the martial arts way.  Not a single day goes by that I don’t reflect on Taekwon-Do, think of how I can make a better class, student or improve myself.  I don’t physically train every day, but mentally I work on Taekwon-Do every day.  It is my calling as instructor.  It is more than simply collecting fees, and teaching class.  In my opinion anyone can make a black belt and run students through physically tiring drills.  It takes much more to become what I consider an instructor.  Many of our students have experienced other black belts that demand respect and go out of their way to show what they know and what the student doesn’t know.  Those black belts will never truly have respect.  Respect and loyalty have to be earned and it is a two way street. 

I have experienced some of my best black belts over the years stray from the martial arts discipline.  Some simply walk away not willing to sacrifice the time it requires.  A couple have missed out on all the discipline and mental knowledge of the martial arts and simply were attending the classes and later displayed criminal behavior that required my removing them from Taekwon-Do.  I have done this three times without hesitation, but it’s a serious betrayal of my trust that I had placed in them.  I trust that all students will not misuse the art or techniques that I have spent years learning.  I also trust they will try to understand what is required of them as students and especially as black belts.  In the student-instructor oath, never betray a trust is a statement that is more than words.

Is this article deep?  Yes, but the martial arts are deep in philosophy.  It has always been more than just lining up for class and kicking.  Schools that simply exercise are no better than gyms.  You can go to the gym by yourself and lift weights or run on the treadmill.  You don’t really receive any guidance and you don’t expect anymore than a good workout.  It is too bad many martial arts schools have the same philosophy.  Just work out hard.  That isn’t half of the martial arts. 

I challenge all students to have a goal of learning Taekwon-Do and trying to improve their life by following the martial arts way.  Don’t accept just attending class, kicking and punching; explore what the martial arts are really about.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
     
     
       
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