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Warrior’s Path – Unafraid of Change

Unafraid of Change

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As many of you are aware, we have made some changes to our programs and curriculum here at the West Coast Hwa Rang Do Academy. For over 10 years, we have maintained the same programs, curriculums, pricing and methods of instruction.  It has worked well for us, but I felt that it was time for change. There is an interesting phenomenon that takes place in human behavior. By our nature, we seek out comfort and when we find it, we want to dig a large hole and immerse ourselves in that state of comfort forever. This is surely death.

Why? What is comfort? It is the sense of security and a peace of mind we gain knowing with certainty what we are going to do tomorrow. By limiting the uncertainties of our daily lives, we reduce the stress and anxiety derived from the unknown. This fear of the unknown is an incredible force that shapes and molds our decisions on a daily basis. So comfort is a good thing, but “too much comfort” is not so good. If it is such a good thing, then comfort should make us better, happier, and more productive, but it does none of these. Being too comfortable makes us complacent, lazy, careless, unhealthy, and the happiness we gain from comfort is only temporary at best. As warriors, this is unacceptable. We must always strive for betterment in all areas of our lives and constantly push our boundaries and limitations. A warrior must work constantly to maintain sharpness and focus, to always be prepared for the worst. When you get comfortable with your abilities, you become overconfident and careless, resulting in defeat. This is why we constantly drive home the idea, “Never underestimate your opponent.” This is not limited to your sparring partner, but applies to any task in life. Whether we have done something a thousand times, if we do it the thousandth-first time without being mindful, it will result in a mistake or failure. For a warrior that could mean death. It is this “warrior’s spirit,” that we are trying to teach and preserve – to always strive for excellence, to be unafraid of challenges in our lives, to persist when other’s have lost hope, to always seek for betterment, and to always do what is “right,” not for reward sake, but purely because it is the right thing to do.

This “Warrior’s Path” is eloquently portrayed in the recent movie “Batman Begins” when the father of the young Bruce Wayne asks his son, “Why do we fall Bruce?”

And Bruce replies, “So, we can get up.”

With Love

Grandmaster Taejoon Lee

5 Responses to “Warrior’s Path – Unafraid of Change”

  1. Jason Adler says:

    Thank you Sir for this great post!

    Your message above really sums up the warrior mentality. Change can, at times, be uncomfortable and scary…but it is absolutely necessary in order to become better human beings. Thank you for your wisdom Sir!

    Hwarang forever!

  2. Francesco Biancuzzi says:

    Hwarang Sir,

    WONDERFUL WEB SITE!

    Hwarang.

  3. Thad says:

    Its truly amazing the things we find comfort in, change is as Grand Master said,
    necessary to evolve, change is uncertain and we fear uncertainty.

    As warrior’s we must stand and face our fear’s.

  4. This art is a must for me. I’m 52 and still have 75percent of my kicks from when I was 13. Checked out the master doing a hook and heel .The snap the hook and the spin. When I join west la school I’ll be home. Joint locks and throws. I’m gonna get in the zone. Plus I have this solid imfo 2 keep me in the zone mentally. Love everything I view and read. God bless you all and keep doing that solid work. Tradition. Kool. Enjoy the day.

  5. taejoonlee says:

    It’s never too late. Please view the new dojang location http://www.hwarangdo.net.
    It takes strength to survive;
    It takes courage to live!
    Power to you.

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