Tae Kwon Do: Shattering Life’s Barriers

Smashing boards!, bricks!, concrete paving blocks!, ceramic tiles!,…replete with loud screams, contorted facial expressions, wood splinters or masonry particles flying and gasps from witnesses as the martial artist releases her energy burst into and through the objects at hand… Such is the stuff of some of the physical demonstrations performed by martial artists.

So let’s look at what’s going on here.  In order to accomplish these feats, the martial artist combines a collection of qualities and ways of being – all at once:

  • He is clear with his intention.
  • She engages her technique correctly – efficiently and directly
  • He “brings it on” with full power.
  • She directs intense focus – being present in the moment and undistracted.
  • She sees the final outcome before it has happened!
  • And he hits his target! (which is BEYOND the boards)

With all of these elements present, success is virtually guaranteed!…

So you what’s the point of such feats?  On the surface, it’s all about the martial artist demonstrating his effectiveness properly executing that particular technique.  Below the surface however, there is much greater meaning… it’s a metaphor for life!  Think about it…  The boards are obstacles (life circumstances), in the way of a target (a particular goal or desire) which lies just beyond, with onlookers (all our relationships in life) present and the moment of truth (our recurring moments of choice) at hand…  As the practitioner successfully “breaks through” the boards, she begins to realize the profundity of the moment and its correlation to all other situations in life – from the smallest to the largest.

So whatever you want to accomplish in life be it large or small –tap into the martial artist in you and apply the principles of board-breaking!

  • He is clear with his intention.
    • Be clear with your goal
  • She engages her technique correctly – efficiently and directly
    • Take actions that make progress toward your goal
  • He “brings it on” with full power.
    • Act with full commitment
  • She directs intense focus – being present in the moment and undistracted.
    • Be intensely focused and don’t allow yourself to be distracted
    • She sees the final outcome before it has happened!
      • Hold a clear vision of the final outcome – see it already so
    • And he hits his target! (which is BEYOND the boards)
      • Keep going until you reach your destination (going through, around or beyond your circumstances)!

…And watch as all who know you take notice!…And be the example for and give permission to all those around you to do the same!!