One of the most popular questions questions on the topic of Tae Kwon Do we get at The MMA Zone is, “how long will it take for me to get my black belt“?
One important factor to keep in mind that you will need to dramatically improve your flexibility, strength, and mental focus through your Taekwondo training in order to obtain your goal of 5th-degree black belt. You will be very skilled at board breaking, harder kicks, live sparring, and a better puncher.
Many beginning Taekwondo students don’t make it past white built much less to a black belt. One of my previous instructors and mentors who was a 5th-degree black belt said, said not to focus on the color of the belt but the understanding and lessons that come with them. This has always made a lot of understanding. Don’t chase after a specific belt that happens to be black focus on getting better each class.
If you doing forms then do the best forms you can do on that day. If it is sparring then spar the absolute best you can do that day that is the way of the black belt. Without a doubt it takes years of Taekwondo training in order to get a black belt but everyday you can train like one, just do your absolute best and nothing less.
One example of this philosophy is when doing one steps make sure you focus and concentrate on the reason and purpose of every movement you perform. Make the person you are practicing with an actual attacker and act as if you are in the back alley.
If you do this day in and day out you will one day understand the purpose and meaning behind every movement and why you are doing them. If you have hesitation or a question about a movement then make sure to ask your Tae kwon do instructor.
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