August 10 CTI Promotion Tests
August 11 CTI Annual PICNIC!
August 17 Littleton Parade
September 6-7 30th Denver Martial Arts Championships
Andra Vieru Artwork
Dale Sanders, yellow belt, at Milleneum Park, Chicago!
Integrity comes hard to a lot of people. It means being honest/truthful. Sometimes it is hard to be honest, but we all need to be honest because one we are MSK students in the CTI. We also want others to know that we are trustworthy people. Plus, one way or another if one is not having integrity eventually someone is going to find out. In a job that could mean getting fired. As a kid one probably gets grounded. Also, people will lose their trust in someone who is not honest.
To me having integrity means telling the truth and doing the right thing even when no one is watching. For me sometimes that is hard to do, but I still do the right thing. Am I going to screw up yes, we all do, we are humans, but what happens after we screw up? Well hopefully, we do not screw up and if we do than we go to the person and say, “I am sorry”, and mean it. Sure, there will be consequences but at least you did the right thing.
In our daily lives we need to use integrity. Am I really doing what is necessary to stay in shape? Am I practicing enough MSK Taekwondo so that I am ready for class, a test, tournament, whatever it may be? Being honest with yourself and making sure you are having integrity. At school or work having integrity to your fellow companions. Not making up stuff so you sound better than the person next to you. Having integrity can be hard but the rewards are far better than the consequences.
- Jonah Elstad, 1st dan
The winners of the flag (and friends).
India Ross Artwork
I recently met up with a friend whom I haven’t seen for several years. We were hiking, catching up on each other’s lives, and she asked me the question you would expect: “So, what have you been up to?” Anyone who knows me, or has really been in my general vicinity since June of 2016, knows the answer to that question: Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo. If I’m not at work, I’m training in some way. Whether that is by working out in class, assisting in a junior class, studying my manuals, writing in my training journal, practicing at home… I even dream about MSK Taekwondo more nights than not. When my mind wanders, it lands on Taekwondo. I proceeded to fill her in on all of the great trips I’ve taken with the CTI, and the tournaments that my daughter and I have competed in, and told her stories from my classes. Then she asked me, “What is it about Taekwondo that you love so much?” That question left me speechless. How do I verbalize the passion I have for Taekwondo? I didn’t even know where to start.
After thinking about it for a few minutes, I started talking about the stress relief that comes with being in class. I told her how the day’s problems melt away within five minutes of starting class. How the demands of the workout make it impossible to think about anything else. How much happier I am now than I was before I became a student. And while that’s all true, it was the happiness factor that stuck with me. Yes, I’m happier since becoming a student. But it isn’t all about stress relief. It isn’t just about the exercise. It’s more than that. That’s when I got to the heart of the passion for me.
I told her that Moo Sul Kwan Taekwondo has become a way of life. I told her about my favorite aspect of training, poomse, and the peace I feel when practicing it. How hard it is to get the movements just right, and how rewarding it is when you finally get it. I told her about the wonderful people that I train with and learn from; these people who have evolved from training partners to family members. I told her about the sense of community in the school. That feeling that you get when you have a group of people around you who are there for you and support you through thick and thin, and the knowledge that you would do the same for them. I told her how rewarding it is to be an assistant in the junior classes, and to see that moment when something you’ve been working on with a student “clicks.” I told her about some of the history of MSK Taekwondo, and the history of Moo Sul Kwan. I told her about some of the things that Great Grandmaster Park lived through, and the thoughts and philosophies he built into Moo Sul Kwan. I told her about Grandmaster Sautel founding the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, and the work that he’s done to continue Great Grandmaster Park’s legacy. I told her how proud I am to be a student of his and a student of the CTI, and to be a tiny little part of that ongoing Moo Sul Kwan tradition.
When it was all said and done, I ended up talking to her for most of our hike about Taekwondo, and all of the benefits I’ve gained from it. And through all that, I still don’t think I scratched the surface of why I love it as much as I do. It’s hard to put that type of passion into words. All I know is that I’m very grateful to be a part of it, and I consider becoming a student one of the very best things I’ve ever done. I look forward to a lifetime of training and learning.
- Amy Krupp, red belt, CTI LeAD Team Member