Black Belt Blog- Coach Cody


How has Taekwondo had an effect on my life outside the Dojang?

Being involved in Taekwondo has been one of the most influential aspects of my entire life. When I first began training in martial arts a little over five years ago I was a junior in high school and I did not think to highly of myself or my athletic abilities. That all changed once I began training. After I began training I noticed that was more confident in my public speaking abilities. My focus was greatly effected in the best way possible. 

After the first year I notice tremendous advancements in my endurance and my flexibility. I was able to kick higher and able to run faster for the mile run during school. You could say that I was not a very confident person before Taekwondo. I was very shy and nervous all the time and I did not talk in public at all. As of late I have been leading classes and talking in front of the students more and more and that really helps. I feel like I walk around with more confidence in myself as a person and I feel like it shows when I am at home, school, or work. 

When I began my training at Advantage, I was a crew person at the McDonald’s in town. With my new found confidence I was able to drive myself to newer heights in the company and became a manager for the company as soon as I graduated high school. After that I went on to run a department of another company. This new found confidence has led me through so much of my life and has helped to get me where I am today. The confidence to not let people walk all over me but the self-control to not let the power of my position go to my head and make everyone mad. 

Currently I run the crew training program and the hiring process for my store. Not only did I create both of the programs but I have implemented them and continued to improve and run them for the past two years. I don’t think I would have been able to do the things that I have done without the drive that I found in martial arts. 

Around the time that I was a sophomore in college I decided to switch my major from a pharmaceutical nanoscience to elementary education. It was around the time that I started helping during the classes that I realized that I love to teach kids. I came to this realization/decision to change my major because of Taekwondo and Advantage Martial Arts. If I had not been involved with the Dojang and all of the people inside its walls I don’t know how my life would be affected. 

Lastly I have Advantage Martial Arts and Taekwondo to thank for my ever growing ability to teach. From the time I decided to begin my journey as a teacher I have had the opportunity to lead classes and help teach students in all classes. I have had the chance to run events and take the lead on a number of projects. Taking the lead in these classes and projects have greatly helped me in the other aspects of my life. When I am up in front of the class I feel so confident in my ability to lead I no longer think of it as a burden to get up and speak in front of people. I have gotten the opportunity to help lead projects such as the parade and the demo team presentations. For the demo team I had to create my own class and run that class in front of a huge number of people. Doing things like that help me so much when I go to schools and do my student teaching projects. 

Lastly I just want to thank Master Phillips for the amazing opportunity and training that I have been given here at the Dojang. I hope to further my training/education of taekwondo through the years and eventually become a master someday.



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