Welcome to Little Black Belt, a martial arts blog about life, leadership, learning, and the journey towards a girl’s greatest accessory: a black belt in taekwondo!
Hello! My name is Melanie, and I am your resident Tae Kwon Diva. This blog began as an online diary to chronicle the insights I was having about a year into my taekwondo training. There was so many ideas and epiphanies bursting inside my head that I had to get them into words. Taekwondo was both the most difficult and most rewarding thing I have ever done.
Over time the blog has morphed into something different. Practicing martial arts has not only taught me a great deal about the taekwondo itself, but I’ve gained insight about self-development, learning, facing challenges, leadership, adopting a positive attitude, and living your best life.
My goal is to share those lessons with you.
Here’s the honest truth:
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. I looked good on paper with an education and financial stability, but mentally and emotionally I was a wreck. I was miserable all the time, making terrible choices, struggling with substance abuse, and falling back into disordered eating. Taekwondo lifted me up from rock bottom and gave me a fresh start and a renewed and deepened purpose in life. I looked to taekwondo as a salve for a wound. What I found was a path to inner peace.
Martial arts was my vehicle; let me help you find yours.
If you’d like to read more about how I got into taekwondo and my thoughts on modern-day practice, check out my interview on my fellow martial arts blogger page: MyWifeIsaBlackBelt.Com.
The black belt mindset is for everyone, regardless of martial arts experience or training.
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 becoming the best version of yourself can happen without setting foot in a dojang.
So this isn’t just about taekwondo? The blog is over when I 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. Taekwondo is FUN.
So am I completely blissed out and enlightened because I’m a black belt?
I still like uncomfortable shoes, that metallic taste of an ice cold can of Coca-Cola, and mindless television. Not sure how well that bodes for my journey to enlightenment…but let’s have some fun along the way.
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Stay tuned for my memoir Kicking and Screaming: a Memoir of Madness and Martial Arts coming to your bookseller in spring 2021!