Dyslexia is a reading and spelling disorder that I struggle with every day. Being a student at Colorado Taekwondo Institute has helped me overcome dyslexia. I have applied the five tenants of Taekwondo to my difficulties with dyslexia. The five tents of Taekwondo are; courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. I must learn how to deal with my dyslexia and this is how the tenants of Taekwondo have helped.
First, courtesy has helped me to be polite to my teachers when I need extra help. polite to my teacher instead of getting frustrated helps both of us. If I was not nice to my teachers, then they would not be as eager to help me. Showing courtesy to those who help me helps the process go smoother.
Second, integrity is super important to have. Since I am not a good speller I often want to cheat. I do not want to be a cheater or a liar and being at CTI reminds me of the importance of integrity. I have never cheated before but sometimes I have wanted to because I have struggled, and it seems so easy to cheat. I would rather be known as a bad speller than a cheater and I appreciate how Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo constantly reinforces that.
Third, perseverance means not giving up.If I just give up I will be a horrible speller. I do not want to be a horrible speller, I want to be a great speller. I use the perseverance I learn at CTI and I strive to get better. I will never give up no matter how difficult it is. I want to be a good example to others who struggle to not give up.
Fourth, self-control is very important when having a learning disability. Having good self-control helps me to focus better. If I didn’t have good self-control I would get distracted easily. So, I need to stay focused and not get side tracked. Self-control also helps me in the other tenants of MSK Taekwondo!
Fifth, having an indomitable spirit means being brave. I show courage when I am scared to ask a question. If I am not brave enough to ask a question, then how will I ever know the answer? Sometimes it is embarrassing to admit that I have dyslexia and need extra help. However, learning to have an indomitable spirit has helped me overcome this.
In conclusion, MSK Taekwondo has been a great help to me to overcome the daily struggles of having dyslexia. I will always have dyslexia, but I have learned to cooperate. The five tenants of Taekwondo can help you with your difficulties too!
- Jonah Elstad, 1st dan, age 13
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Growing up, when I heard the term “anger management,” I thought that this meant to train yourself to not get angry. As I’ve grown, I’ve realized that anger is not necessarily a bad thing. Anger is just as important and valid as any other human emotion, and it is not something to rid yourself of. I’ve come to understand that it is okay to feel angry at times. However, it’s important to use it in a constructive way and to not let it overpower you.
Anger has a way of clouding judgment. It’s one of the most powerful emotions, and can be difficult to control. All you have to do is watch the evening news to see examples of seemingly insignificant situations that were blown way out of proportion due to anger. Think of all of the news stories that could have been avoided if the people involved took a step back and thought about the situation before letting their anger get the better of them. If everyone was Moo Sul Kwan trained, and lived their lives with Ho Shin in the forefront of their minds, watching the nightly news would be a much more positive experience.
I will often use anger as a motivator. For example, if I get angry with myself for missing a stance in a poomse, I will use that anger as motivation to practice that poomse until I get it right. When I get angry with current events, I use that anger as motivation to try to make myself a better person, and to put some positivity in the world. When my children get angry, I do my best to help them understand why they are angry, and how they can change the situation for the better. I strive to not let myself be overcome by my anger, but instead to understand why I am angry, and to use it in a constructive way to better the given situation.
Anger management is not about never allowing yourself to feel angry. It’s about accepting that anger is a natural emotion, and to use that anger in a positive way. It’s about learning to control your anger, and to channel it into a productive outlet. It’s okay to feel angry. One of the traits of a person with good character is how they handle that anger. How they use it to make themselves and the people around them better.
- Amy Krupp, brown belt, CTI LeAD Team Member