Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Martials Arts: The Art of Self-Defense

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Irene Ouyang - Taekwondo StudentSome people may think that martial arts can be a waste of time. In reality, it may be useful in many different situations. If you’re being bullied, you could rely on taekwondo as a source of self-defense. Or, if you’re being attacked, you could use hapkido to flip your attacker on the ground. Martial arts will teach you how to protect yourself in the event of physical confrontation, but this is the most modest of their benefits. In addition to helping you get and stay physically fit, Martial Arts can help you minimize stress, develop better focus and self-discipline, and move you along the road to self-discovery.

Although martial arts offers you physical skills, they should only be used in the form of self-defense. The main purpose of martial arts is to make students non-violent, and to inspire them with feelings of confidence which will make their lives more meaningful. Being a black belt myself, I strongly agree with this ideal mission, children often misinterpret the meaning of martial arts. They think of it a trick to make them strong and scary. To clarify this misunderstanding, I’d like to point out that if you attack someone this would be your fault. Defending yourself would mean that you were reluctant to do harm. In other words, to attack is to intentionally harm others. Self-defense is to defend you from an attack by hurting others unwillingly.

When I first started taekwondo, I thought that it would help me become less ignored. I would just sit in my own little corner and read; I didn’t care if I was a bibliophilic. After I started taekwondo, it expanded my horizon little by little. Back then I was only a white belt, so I wasn’t very courageous. I started taekwondo when I was nine years old, in third grade, as a white belt. Presently, I’m a 12-year-old sixth grader who has nearly been a first-degree black belt for an entire year.

More than three years have past, and all this time I’ve been working hard to become an excellent student with a higher ranking. These years have taught me that you can only make achievements by working hard. I use to think that taekwondo could be a skill to hurt the people that I disliked. Now, I realize that martial arts weren’t created for selfish uses, but for selfless ones.

Irene Ouyang

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Presently, I’m twelve years old and I live in Cary, NC. I live with my mom and my dog. I've been doing Taekwondo for three-and-a-half years. Regarding Taekwondo, so far I've won first place in a tournament, and two students of the month-one as a yellow-stripe and one as a 1st degree black belt. I used to be on the White Tiger Demonstration team, but then I quit. My goal is to achieve a 3rd degree before I’m go to college. I’ve trained hard to achieve my black belt—my former goal and dream—but now I’m striving to accomplish something higher than that dream. To me, Taekwondo is paramount to my life. I’ve been doing it for such a long time that I would never dream of quitting. I live an ordinary life of a sixth-grader. I earn straight A’s to make sure my mom doesn’t take the privilege to doing Taekwondo away from me. I strive for the top not only in school, but in extra-curriculum activities as well. Other than Taekwondo, I also take piano, Chinese on Saturdays, tennis, and table tennis lessons. In addition, I’m also part of Carnage Middle School’s student council. My life is full of events and I barely have free time. I work hard try not to fall behind in school or other activities. I think that it’s and honor to be able to take so many activities at once. I hope that I will successfully pass my 2nd black belt test. Wish me luck!

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