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Taekwondo: A Never Ending Journey

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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