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Posted: December 05, 2016

Passing the black belt test is an experience any martial artist will remember for a lifetime. They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. You began your martial arts adventure by showing up to practice that first day. Now you have to survive to the end. But the road to black belt is in some sense a journey of attrition. Many who started training when you did will not be there when you take your black belt test. By definition, martial arts focus on training armed and unarmed techniques for self-defense, sport, and combat. Over time you will become proficient with the basic techniques while knowing the techniques is an obvious, tangible part of the black belt, there is an important intangible component that is just as critical. Some call this grit, courage, or character. it's that quality that keeps someone from quitting in a fight - never giving up.

If you are doing martial arts just to get a black belt, you are missing the point and will likely fail in your attempt. The belt is a reminder of the tremendous growth you've made while training in your art - becoming fit, learning technique, gaining confidence, becoming disciplined, showing respect, overcoming mental and physical challenges - all important life skills that make you into a better person.


Posted: December 02, 2016


The Taekwondo uniform, or do-bok, comes from the ancient roots of civilization.

In Songahm Taekwondo, the do-bok is traditionally white to represent purity and sacrifice. The uniform displays a student’s respect and attitude toward the art. It’s also important to have the proper patches, an even, properly tied belt and if you are a female, a white t-shirt underneath. So next time you put on your do-bok for class, testing or a tournament, make sure it is clean and pressed to show your appreciation for your art and for yourself.

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