Respect is the way we treat ourselves, other people and their belongings, the environment and the world around us.
By participating in Songahm Taekwondo you are already aware of the impact you have on the people around you. You have been taught respect from the very first ATA class you ever attended. You are taught to show respect in the classroom, for the teacher and other students through the traditional bow. You bow to your instructors, fellow students and when entering and leaving the training area. This display or respect is vital to creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students.
As you move closer to Black Belt, respect should become a natural part of how you live your daily lives. Treating everyone you meet with respect should be something that happens automatically. In order for you to get respect, you must show others respect first. Respect is a lot like a smile; it can be very contagious. Imagine a world where everyone is polite, kind and ready to help anyone in need. This may be hard to imagine, but remember what our founder, Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee always said: "Today Not Possible, Tomorrow Possible."
I challenge each ATA member to take a little more time and be aware of his or her level of respect to others. This higher lever of respect should be shown to all you meet, not just during class. Start with your friends and family members. Then extend it to everyone you meet. Let's show the world true ATA respect and provide a positive living example for everyone that we come in contact with in our daily lives.
-Grand Master Soon Ho Lee
The Martial Arts Spirit
Based on Grand Master Lee's years of experience with over 250,000 ATA members worldwide, he knows that the martial arts spirit is a major ingredient in the positive shaping of lives. This unique spirit provides focus, concentration, awareness, elevated self-esteem, and confidence to accompany Taekwondo's life saving self-defense skills.
At ATA Martial Arts, our goal is to inspire all students with dynamic martial arts spirit as we share with them the techniques of self defense.
The catalyst for success in Taekwondo (as well as in life) is to try hard. This is the act of doing one's absolute best at all times, and in all situations. The martial arts spirit becomes a truly indomitable weapon in confronting the unwanted advances of an attacker and the everyday rigor of everyday life. For the adult, it includes the confidence and determination to succeed in your chosen profession. For a child, it provides the focus and discipline to excel in school and the courage to say "NO" to those who corrupt the key principles learned at home.