Sunday, April 1, 2012

Warrior & Instructors: Important lessons from Archery

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is a great teacher, motivator, and coach.  She is training us to be great instructors and warriorsPracticing with the bow and arrow is a sport, and also a martial art form, but it can also be a meditation.  It requires a lot of discipline and practice to be very good.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim says that after you learn the basics, have faith in your abilities and challenge yourself.  At first we start very close to the target.  And then we progressively back up from the target 5 yards at a time.  It may not seem like much, but the difference between 10 yards, 20 yards, 30 yards and 50 yards is significant.  Start close, gain your confidence.  Get to where you know you can hit the target.  Focus in on an exact target.  Try to group the arrows as close to the target as possible.  As you backup things will get more difficult.  Set your goal as you aim at your target.  In your mind, make the target very very important, like saving someone's life, or towards an important goal in your life.  Be calm, be motivated, take your time, time your pull back and release with your breathing, and be steady.   Don't be satisfied with ordinary performance.  What ever distance you are off when you are close, will be multiplied as you increase your distance.  Try not to let this happen.  Just like in our own life.  You set a goal and be disciplined.  As you sway from your goal (like losing weight or not smoking), in a year or 2 your may not notice the effect, but wait 5 or 10 years and the effects may be devastating.  The same happens when you shoot from different distances.  Learn the lessons for you life.  Alot of these types of lessons, we learn in Jung Suwon Martial Art Academy everyday.  Set your goals, target in, be disciplined in achieving results and don't sway.

Good luck, have fun, and God Bless.
Joon Hwang

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