Maya Walton is an awesome martial artist. She also is team leader on Mondays.
Team leaders assist with class and are in charge of the helpers. She also helps Miss
Sarah with our Adjunct program at First Baptist Church. We are very proud of
Maya. In her essay she describes the seven tenents and how Tang Soo Do has
enhanced her life. Please enjoy her black belt essay.
The Seven Tenets of Tang Soo Do by: Maya Walton
The seven tenets of Tang Soo Do is a concept that Martial Artists, live by, follow and honor. The average everyday person wouldn’t understand what the 7 tenets mean. People who don’t get the concept or aspect of Tang Soo Do, haven’t taken or experienced a karate class.
Shy, timid, and afraid, those were the labels I thought of myself .I needed a way to make those labels disappear. So, to do that, I asked my friend, who was taking karate at the time, if it was fun to do, what changed in her life, and if it benefited her for the things or events she plans to do.
She said ‘ yes ‘, and that I should try it for myself. I did and that’s when I felt like time stopped, everything froze and I found my answer to why I was so shying, timid, and, afraid!
Martial arts was my answer. After my parents signed me up, my journey began. After a few classes, my confidence was building up, I made new friends, and I wasn’t afraid anymore.
He who holds the 5 keys has great power and a powerful mind. These keys will not only make him a better person, but also show him the way of life. To these 5 keys he gave the names:
Concentration: The way I have set myself up to focus better on my technique and posture for my martial arts training. The word concentration is a way of saying don’t let anything distract you and empty your mind.
Perseverance: The will to never give up. Perseverance lets me know how I see myself if I keep going. Perseverance is a way to keep active if you’re doing a sport or anything else.
Self Control: To empty your mind and center your energy if you are ever mad or angry at something or someone. Self-control is something everyone should have. Self-control is very important in average people’s lives.
Humility: Either you win the game or not, have humility, be thankful and happy you actually participated in the game in the first place. Don’t be sad if you lose, you played the game. You can be happy if you win, but not too happy to hurt the other players feelings. Having humility is also important in martial arts as well. If you’re in a competition and you win, you’re very happy. You can still be happy, but try not to embarrass yourself by crying if you lost or jumping for joy if you won.
Indomitable Spirit: An undivided attention to one thing such as karate, you have one passion, one desire, that is karate. Indomitable spirit is a way of showing you do care for the martial arts and you do enjoy taking it each and every day. Once you are a black belt, you have to take a black belt oath. This oath says that in a nutshell, you shall recite that you will dedicate your life and time to karate and the martial arts.
The guiding hand is the key to your success. The man who kicked 1,000 times failed. But, the man who did one kick 1,000 times learned 1,000 times on how to do it wrong.
He who holds the 5 keys has great power and a powerful mind. These keys will not only make him a better person, but also show him the way of life. To these 5 keys he gives the names: Concentration, Perseverance, Self Control, Humility, and Indomitable Spirit.
The seven tenets that we martial artists follow everyday and use wherever we go whether it is outside or inside the dojang is a big part in our martial arts training. Becoming a black belt is a huge opportunity when you have been given that belt. Whenever that belt is around your waist, it signifies that you have reached your goal; you have proven what you are capable of and shown it to many people. My family and friends have watched me grow as I have gone though the ranks up to testing for my black belt. This is my time now. While I have watched some of our fellow students at Middleburg Martial Arts achieve their goal of black belt, I have also wanted to be in their shoes and achieve that belt as well. When martial artists step onto the mat at their studio, they feel a sense of accomplishment and thankfulness because God has allowed them to take part in what they love to do and keep letting them do what they love as long as they can love it for. While watching some of Middleburg Martial Art’s students take on their black belt test is truly amazing. As you sit there for a grueling 4 hour test, you realize that this is how it’s going to be for you as well. As my time draws nearer to testing , Master Lappin and my instructors have been helping me with my endurance , power , energy, and mindset. The right attitude can give you confidence to achieve anything you put your mind to. “ If your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve.” This is because I have been training for my stamina. During your black belt test you do need quite a bit of stamina to get you through that exhausting 4 hour test. I have watched the last test in the spring and have learned quite a few things from it. I will continue to train before it’s my turn to take on my black belt test and after it as well. The seven tenets have helped me every single day I have walked in and out of that studio, preparing my mind and body to attain my black belt. I do look up to many of our black belts. I am very thankful for all they do. My fellow students and instructors have helped me get to where I am today. Thank you Master Lappin and the great instructors of Middleburg Martial Arts for all the training and life skills that I have acquired.