Taekwondo helped me rein in the crazy and create an awesome life.
Most of my life has been the uncomfortable (and unsuccessful) pursuit of a quiet mind. It was hell until I woke up and realized what was happening. I looked to taekwondo as a salve for a wound. What I found was a path to inner peace.
A black belt is a white belt who never gave up.
I began my taekwondo journey circa 1990 in the dusty plains of west Texas. I got back on the path to black belt in April of 2013, 22 years older but not much wiser. Through a little Googling I had discovered that my childhood instructors’ Grandmaster had a school 5 miles from my house in the city where I now live. Call it fate, luck, a “God thing” as we say in Texas, whatever you want. There was no alternative to studying with him. I’d found my new home.
The mission of the Little Black Belt blog is to promote self-awareness, self-development and confidence. The vehicle just happens to be funny stories about me flopping around in white pjs and sweating like a dude. The black belt mindset is available to everyone regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status or physical capability. Confidence, humility, persistence, hunger to learn, and not being a jerk can happen without setting foot in a dojang. Inner peace and emotional maturity can be achieved by many means; martial arts is just one way to get there.
Is taekwondo the best martial art?
Look, I lurk on martial arts websites. I’ve read the criticism of TKD and I watch UFC. I know there are many ways of fightin’ round the world. It just happens to work for me, and as a bonus I now have that lower ab V muscle popping out like Fiddy Cent’s. I don’t believe in trying to convert anyone to anything, so take this blog for whatever it means to you. If you’re interested in self-development, challenging yourself, gaining power over your wily mind stick around. If you want to read about me making an ass of myself, please do. There’s plenty of that in this blog.
FYI in case y’all are wondering, I do WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) style taekwondo, as opposed to ATA or ITF style, and yes, I think “WTF” is hilarious every single time I see it. My school practices Jidokwan taekwondo, which was one of the original nine schools of taekwondo. If you see Olympic sparring, that’s kinda what we do, but we actually keep our f-cking hands up when we fight.
So this isn’t just about taekwondo? The blog is over when you get the black belt, right?
Nope. It’s about the journey, the process. It’s about breaking bad habits and stopping the endless chase for answers to the wrong questions. And OK, it’s also about jumping around and yelling and kicking. TKD is FUN.
I was awarded my first dan black belt on October 28, 2015. I am still here with more to learn and more to share. I’m on a lifelong adventure of awesomeness.
No, who are you really?
I live in Texas and I’m on the wrong side of thirty. I have a comfortable corporate job, but I have opted out of “leaning in,” mostly because I have stuff in my Netflix queue that I need to watch. When I grow up I want to be a life coach, yoga teacher, and black belt instructor.
I still like uncomfortable shoes, that metallic taste of an ice cold can of Coca-Cola (MUST be a can, not plastic!), and mindless television. Not sure how well that bodes for my journey to enlightenment…but let’s have some fun along the way.
Wanna chat? Email me at mdgwrites (at) gmail.com or follow me on Twitter:
Little Black BeltTKD / @TaekwondoLBB