The first question Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim asked me in my new student registration interview way back in 1980 was “Why is it important to have a good attitude”.
The first thought that came to my mind was a question. What does attitude mean? Now years later training in the Art of Jung SuWon, this question remains a pillar of my understanding of martial art training, the art of Jung SuWon and the key element of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s teaching. “He can do, She can do, Why not me”!
My attitude is how I understand a situation. My attitude determines how I feel about a situation. My attitude is my interpretation of the circumstances I am experiencing. My attitude is both the Judge and the Jury and has the final say in all aspects of my life. I cannot ultimately control what happens to me but technically I can control my attitude and therefore I can control how I feel about what happens to me.
Most simply speaking, while martial arts training or for that matter while doing anything in my life, my attitude decides if it is too tough for me; if I am willing to accept the challenge, try again, keep going and to never give up!
My Answer: The only thing I can truly control in my life is my attitude. Having a good attitude translates directly to having a good life!