Thursday, 27 October 2011
Learning by teaching
In my organisation of Taekwondo (the TTU or Traditional Taekwondo Union) it is
demanded that each student has to pass a physical test before doing their grade. The tests consists of jumping high, jumping distance, push ups, sit ups, and squat jumping (you jump from squatting position). Because of this we need to not only teach Taekwondo techniques, forms and self defense, we also have to train them so they can pass the physical tests.
What I noticed was that the children once finished running sat down and waited until all the kids was finnished so that the first runners were rested when the last runners was finnished. I thought I should say something but what? I asked them why they train Taekwondo. There is always one kid who answers to learn how to fight is it not?:-P I then asked them who they were supposed to fight? They all became very quiet. "Ourself teacher?" a little girl said in a wispering voice, before continuing; "we train hard to fight ourself?". "Do you win or do you loose if you give up and sit down during training, just because you want to rest?" I asked them wondering what their answer would be. In almost perfect unison they all said that they had lost their fight with themselves. I explained to them that in Taekwondo training we are always fighting (I used the word sparring) with ourselves. Even when sparring with a partner the biggest opponent is always yourself.
Hope you liked the story above. I will undoubtfully come back with other Dojang stories in the future.