By Jody Nelson
You know when you are doing your stretches, basics, self defense, or one steps and the black belts are coming around and they are watching everything? Well when we comment on something and it is not directly to you listen to it. For example if one of the Black Belts is behind you during basics and says “watch that counter hand.” Listen to it. It may not be to you but check and see if your counter hand looks right. If it is not right then fix it. We might even say something about things other than counter hands; such as, it could be thumbs, stances, or anything else really.
It is important to learn listening skills like this. Listening skills can be helpful almost everywhere. If you are not paying attention and say you were in math class and you’re doodling on your paper and the teacher calls on you and you have no idea what the teacher is talking about. Then you get scared and don’t know what to do. In another scenario you could be still doodling but be listening to what the teacher is saying and know what the class is talking about. It is the same idea when you’re in Tae Kwon Do but you listen then check it and if needed, you fix it.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill