How to get to black belt.

How to get a black belt in Taekwondo

There are a few simple steps you need to follow to get to black belt in Taekwondo.

1. Enjoy Taekwondo

The first step and most important is to like training in Taekwondo, or even better love Taekwondo. This makes getting to black belt a whole lot easier. Some people like certain aspects of Taekwondo like sparring or patterns or pad work. You must enjoy all aspects if you are going to succeed.

2. Train regularly

You need to dedicate yourself to regular training, only miss training if you absolutely have to and then if you do miss it, try and catch up the lesson you missed at another time. Training regularly will make you fitter, stronger, more knowledgeable and after a while it won't be hard, just routine.

3. Be coachable

If your instructor tells you something is not correct with your technique, write it down! Make a note of it. The last thing you want to do is forget it hoping the grading examiner won't notice if. Even worse, argue with your instructor saying that you can't see the problem and it is fine. Don't take any criticism to heart, it is not the instructor telling you that you are a bad person, they are telling you your stance is too short or your arm is in the wrong place or you need more power, nothing to get upset about.

4. Practice at home

Side kicks, reverse turning kicks, circular blocks are not natural every day movements, people in general cannot do these things without practice. Building up the strength and the motor pathways to repeat the manoeuvre easily. If you train once a week with no practice at home, that is 1 hour of training and 167 hours of no training, you will never improve. You also need to check your technique, in class that is easy by asking your instructor or another student but at home it is you tube, it is filming yourself and checking that all the parts and movements are correct. Without the checking process you could be performing the wrong move over and over getting into a bad habit.

5. Live by the tenets of Taekwondo

Courtesy, in class and outside of class, show that you can be courteous to family, school teachers, friends and strangers. You are much more likely to succeed and receive the admiration of others if you give them respect and are never rude or ungrateful.

Integrity, always do the right thing, don't lie, don't cheat, don't cut corners, turn up to training on time, turn up early, help your instructor with other classes, help your parents out around the home, don't be difficult for anyone, ever, Be honest about your mistakes and things you find difficult, don't try and deceive anyone, you will get a reputation for being dependable and trustworthy.