Taekwondo, by nature, is an art that must produce change. These changes become “evident” through years of training. Over time, we begin to recognize how the art of Taekwondo has changed our awareness of life, our personal character, our performance of the movements, and, almost without perception, power of each movement. There is no end to this process of development.
I relocated from Tennessee to California in the spring of 1992, after obtaining the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt. I began teaching classes within a few months. My perception of Taekwondo was limited, but with a sound basic structure. I recognized immediately that there was much more to be learned. As time passed and questions arose, conversations with my instructor, Mr. Louie Aregis, Jr., were more frequent. On many occasions, I asked for his advice or insights into teaching and learning. Being 2400 miles away from my home school, and having no instructor to evaluate my technique, I relied upon VHS tapes to learn my patterns. When the opportunity arose, I would travel back to Tennessee for a week of training at Black Belt Camp, or individual time with Mr. Aregis.
It is now the year 2006, and much has taken place in my life, family, and Taekwondo career. Following the Choong Sil philosophy has been a “road of discovery.” My perception of Taekwondo has grown past the rudimentary stage to a higher level of understanding. The higher level of understanding is balanced by the continuous knowledge that there is much more to learn. We scratch the surface of wisdom daily, only to find that there is far more. Taekwondo is not an infinite source of wisdom (that title is reserved for the God of Heaven), but it provides a vehicle for learning, and challenges us to dig deeper.
The Choong Sil philosophy has produced in my life a greater level of understanding of the art, and an appreciation of the importance of the life of each student. The student is the key element for the good instructor. Every person and his/her individual achievements over time are substantiation of our labor and instruction. Our students, acquaintances, and family members are a shadowy reflection of our own lives. If we convey truth, philosophy and technique properly, the students become the true example of our knowledge and success. Without the students, we would never know the value of what we have learned or taught, and our personal achievements would only be selfish and egocentric in nature.
learned by hard work, reason, evaluation, and observing others, that these
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foundational structure for the rest of my Taekwondo career. Master Hardin passed his knowledge to Mr.
Aregis, and Mr. Aregis passed knowledge onto me, and, hopefully, I have been able to pass this same
“base knowledge” on to my students. Some of my students are now passing their approach of
Taekwondo onto students that they are teaching. The perpetuity of the Choong Sil philosophy of
constant and never-ending improvement has produced, and will continue to produce, positive results!
Beginning my Taekwondo with Mr. Aregis in 1986 changed the course of my life, family and
ministry. Although the primary basis of my life and personal philosophy are centered in truth relating to
the Bible, my growth in the art of Taekwondo has been a positive influence and worthwhile learning
experience. This thesis is based upon my perception of the art in teaching, technique, movement, and
power. I assume that my perception of these important areas will evolve to a different level over the
course of time. I am not writing this paper so that the reader will be amazed by any great wisdom or
knowledge that I possess, but for the purpose of sharing what I have personally learned as a result of
the Choong Sil Philosophy