May focus: Self Control
The students on the mat sit cross-legged, backs straight and tall, and hands on knees. They
don’t speak, but listen intently to the words from their instructor. The “lock it up” position is
just one example of training the discipline of self-control through martial arts, as students
learn to how transition from fast-paced and high-intensity exercises, to a calm, collected, and
focused mindset. In those quiet moments, students are seen doing the correct thing at the
correct time, and controlling emotions, impulses, and behaviors…they’re excelling at self-
Self-control, including impulse control, emotional control, and movement control, is necessary
both in daily life as well as for striving towards a greater goal – for example, you may wish to
save money towards a large purchase, develop a new habit of eating less junkfood, or not
give in to the urge to hit a sibling! Additionally, self-control is critical in high stress situations.
Through extensive physical training, mental and emotional challenges, group activities and
individual routines, taekwondo both teaches and reinforces self-control.
At the start of each lesson, all students recite the student creed, which outlines the aim of
taekwondo training, and Championship Martial Arts. It says:
I will develop myself in a positive manner, and
Avoid anything that could reduce my mental growth or physical health.
I will develop self-discipline
In order to bring out the best in myself and others.
I will use common sense before self defense, and
Never be abusive or offensive.
This is a black belt school!
We are dedicated.
We are motivated.
We are on a quest to be the best!
May you be inspired this month to grow and improve your own self-control! We’re here to