From the writings of Grandmaster Moo Hwan Kim
United Martial Arts Black Belt Association
FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION
Dear Students: February 2001
The various styles of Martial Arts stress different areas of concentration. Tae Kwon Do training demands extreme focus with eye contact. Blocking, kicking, punching and evasive techniques all require us to keep focused on our opponent, especially his eyes. This eye contact helps us to achieve a higher level of concentration and focus. We must make sure we keep this higher level of focus when we practice basics, forms, free sparring and breaking and even when listening to our instructors. This higher level of concentration and eye contact even with an imaginary opponent will enable us to make tremendous improvements.
I have observed many examples how this increased concentration and focus can transform students. Several months ago, a six-year old was enrolled in my school. At that time he had a severe problem keeping focused in class and out. He was also hyperactive and unable to stand still for more than a few minutes. This short attention span and hyper activity made it very difficult for him to learn. His instructors were very patient and constantly asked him for focus and eye contact and after three months a dramatic change took place. He was able to pick up instruction with ease and his performance improved significantly. His stance, focus, power and confidence all changed for the better. I also noticed he calmed down and was able to listen with concentration and discipline. This new focused attitude carried on to his home and school life and his special transformation made me very happy as he is now an excellent Tae Kwon Do student and an intermediate belt.
We must remember God gives us tremendous potential and if we concentrate with 100% effort we can achieve a higher level of success. In sports, academics, religious studies, and careers, concentration is the key. The formula is a simple one; concentration with focus produces good discipline, good discipline makes for better achievement and more success. Please remember that any technique in Tae Kwon Do demands good eye contact, bringing focus and concentration and the result will be excellence. This is the most important ingredient in Tae Kwon Do training and is necessary to be a true champion.
God Bless You,
Master Moo H. Kim