Discipline: Why is it important? And how can Taekwondo Help?

dis·ci·pline
noun
  1. 1.
    the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.
    verb
  1. 1.
    train (someone) to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.

We use Discipline to describe several things.  We are going to talk about discipline in Martial Arts.  Discipline is to “Obey What Is Right”.  We practice self discipline in all our training.  We practice discipline while training in forms, weapons, sparring, board breaking, and self defense.  Training ourselves to be self disciplined is an important step to setting short term and long goals.  Goals give us a chance to set forth our path to the things we want in life.  Without them, we have no direction and no sense of importance.  With young students,we talk about self discipline in the sense of focusing on a task like brushing their teeth, cleaning their rooms, and controlling their bodies.  With older students we use it to work on focus in homework, relationships and tasks.  With adult students, we talk about using self discipline to control our bad habits, set new goals and work towards better health.

All of these things are important in growth in all areas of our lives.  Martial arts is a way of life, not just another sport.