Know your limits, then break them!

Mr. Kern pictured next to Grandmaster Soon Ho Lee at the 2001 World Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mr. Kern pictured next to Grandmaster Soon Ho Lee at the 2001 World Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas.

"Know your limits, then break them!”

You may hear me stay in class, knowing the focus is always on safety, yet the purpose is staying strong. The mind and body are able to accomplish tasks far greater than we think!

I share the above photograph when I was a blue belt in taekwondo many years ago. This was my first big tournament and boy I was nervous! But I made many new friends, including Grandmaster!

I look back 16 years ago and never thought possible I'd be where I am today. I just knew that if I tried my best, stayed focused, that would mattered most!

What does focus mean in martial arts?

Focus in martial arts means 3 things: direction (left from right, low from high), target training (start with large target, continually making target smaller), and penetration by targeting strike beyond actual target (aka: “kicking through the board vs stopping at the board”). 

What are some examples of staying focused?

  • At Home: Completing a project to the best of your ability before moving on. Following directions the first time.
  • At School: Pay attention with your eyes, ears, and heart by doing your best.
  • At Taekwondo: Focus can be eye contact on a target, or setting goals something you strive for, like getting your black belt or kicking a target high above your head.

For those competing at the tournament this weekend, know you have been training to win, now compete to have fun!

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