Taekwondo: A Never Ending Journey

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5 years ago I became a black belt in a martial art I never thought I’d be committed to.

5 years ago, I earned my first dan black belt in Taekwondo after 4 years in the martial art.

I already have a little background in Aikido when I used to live in Cebu. College. When I graduated and came home, there wasn’t any Aikido dojo in the city. So the chance of becoming a black belt was gone.

Fast forward to April 2011, I discovered that a Taekwondo dojang exists in the city. I enrolled out of curiosity. A friend manages the gym they train in, so I figured it was legit. I came to love Taekwondo and I discovered kicking is one of my strong suits.

Self-defense is always a must, when you enroll in martial arts, fitness comes in second.

My sabumnim taught us well. He put me directly in advanced-practical self-defense classes. First lesson is the most practical one: if you can run, you run. And I definitely agree. You don’t train to street fight, you train to avoid fights. Training will help you keep your wits about you when you face an adversary. You will not panic.

I became a regular student, trained, and took part in the promotion tests. Unfortunately, I had to stop for a year because of injuries sustained during one of said tests. About a year of therapy and rest, I met my sabumnin and he told to me to come back to training. He allowed me to participate in the black belt promotion test a year after that.

UP Diliman Varsity at Philippine National Games 2018
UP Diliman Varsity at Philippine National Games 2018

When I received my first dan black belt.

My sabumnim gave me the opportunity to train players and eventually coached them in competitions both regional and national. Potential and dedicated players received full scholarships in universities and colleges in Manila.

Two years later, by God’s grace, my body was still able to take part in another promotion test. I now hold a second-dan black belt, and also a certified national instructor of the Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA).

College of St. Benilde Scholar at Philippine National Games 2018
College of St. Benilde Scholar at Philippine National Games 2018

Then, COVID-19 happened.

And Taekwondo became a sport that is too dangerous for anyone to practice in this pandemic. Contact sports became a no-no and players stopped their training. But that shouldn’t prevent us because we can innovate. The PTA now issued a national directive to engage in online training. To keep the players active. Of course, physical training is far different but why would we allow COVID-19 to stop us from training, right? As long as we do it within quarantine rules.

Lemonade from lemons, yes?

There’s a verse from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians that I love when it comes to training and I would like to share it with you:

“but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

1 Cor 9:27, NASB

Because Taekwondo is a lifestyle. And that lifestyle takes a lot of discipline.

~ Camilla Yu ~

You may follow Cam Yu on her:

Youtube Channel: BetweenOranges

Blog: betweenoranges.wordpress.com

Mia, as I love to call Camilla Yu is one of my closest friends in college. She was one of the people who made me love the Harry Potter Books! We both wanted Muay Thai, but she chose a different path years ago, while I have not started towards that desire yet. I was supposed to take my first classes last April but, CoViD-19 happened. Must add the practice of discipline in my rules for 2020.

I would like to create attention to Taekwondo because I just love their initiative of taking a contact sport to a different level, where the practice evolves and adjusts along with the new normal of social distancing now. Training and practice should never cease whatever disease comes our way.

And before I’ll end this post, I’d like to say, “Happy 5th Black-Belt Year, Coach Cam Yu!”

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33 comments

  1. Laurence

    I wanted to do this when I was in college, basically for the purpose of self defense, and to make your body healthy and alert at all times. I hope you can do it soon again, with all the quarantine rules.

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I am super proud of you! Black belt – that’s incredible! I have always secretly wanted to do taekwondo or karate, or something similar, but obviously, since I haven’t… Well, I clearly haven’t wanted to get involved THAT much! haha.

  3. Charlotte Petit Noble

    I love your dedication. Sports have always been part of my life. I was a gymnast for a long time. I also used to play handball, but I was more of a lone wolf, so gymnastic fitted me better.

  4. Kiara Williams

    I always had an interest in Taekwondo. But I didn’t realize that it would be effected because of the pandemic. Thanks for letting me know.

  5. MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    You did well to get you’re black belt in that amount of time. It’s great fun and good exercise. I wish I’d done it until black belt.

  6. julseliz

    Congrats on that black belt! That is an amazing feat. I would love to enroll in some form of self defense but like you said quarantine has shut everything down. Keep up the amazing work!

  7. Passion Piece

    I wish I had done more sports when I was younger. Black belt it’s really something! Hope my kids will be more active in the future. 🙂

  8. joanna

    It is nice that you found a sport that you love and managed to achieve so much through hard training. I can’t even imagine how hard it must have been when you injured yourself and had to step down for a while.

  9. Aditinona

    That’s quite an inspirational post, I believe that if one is dedicated enough, nothing can stop you from achieveing your goals, not even a pandemic like Corona

  10. Claudia Blanton

    that is defensively a lifestyle. Before my daughter got sick, she was heavily into competing in Taekwondo. She was about to go to the Nationals, when we figured out that she (actually 3 of us in the family) have a genetic disease that will keep her from following her dream of becoming a Master, and teaching. It is nice to see someone else passionate about this sport. Blessings!

  11. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    So impressive! My son enrolled in Aikido class as an elective subject in school, but when he transferred school, it was no longer offered there. I have high admiration for people who learn the art. I would want to learn too, but I guess I am past my time.

  12. Cristina Petrini

    As I had commented on your Facebook, I am passionate about martial arts although I have never tried or tried to approach it!

  13. World In Eyes

    It was really amazing to know about your entire journey..Am glad that you got that your first dan black belt…am sure that would be a great journey for you..Congrats for your first dan black belt…Great work..hoping that soon the situation would be better back again….

  14. Di Hickman

    Congratulations on your success in Taekwondo! I always wanted to do a martial art but due to health condition contact sports are not advised. I’ll live vicariously through you!

  15. aisasami

    As someone who practices Tae Kwon Do, I love practicing the sport. I practice it for self defense at first but it has evolve into a lot more. I am goi9ng back to Tae kwon Do on Monday, the first time in 3 months.

  16. Jen Walker

    I’ve always wanted to get into marital arts, but it was frowned upon by my family because I am a girl. I’ve recently found a dojo here I am interested in, but COVID has put a pause on that plan. I should see if I can find any online options to get me started until it is safe to get into contact sports again.

  17. Agnes Dela Cruz

    My son and daughter had their Taekwondo lessons when they were in grade school. But, it never became their sports.

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