• Overcoming Adversity with Martial Arts

    By Gustavo Pope-Guerriero

    Grandmaster 8th Degree Black Belt
    Director of Martial Arts @ Xtreme Tae Kwon Do

    Learning to deal with and overcoming adversity is what builds character. Every challenge and every difficulty we successfully confront in life serves to strengthen our will, confidence and ability to conquer whatever life presents us with.

    Martial Arts are not just another after-school activity. Students, young and adult alike, learn personal and character development through physical discipline. With these classes, students learn how to focus their attention thus improving their ability to learn. Learning builds a sense of accomplishment. With each new accomplishment a student’s self-confidence grows and confidence is the first step to overcoming adversity.

    Once a student begins to develop self-confidence he or she is also going to understand the value of respect, courtesy, honesty, perseverance and integrity. These tenets are the foundation of Tae Kwon Do dating back thousands of years.

    Furthermore, your child will develop perseverance, which is a “never quit” spirit to overcome life’s obstacles. Instilling a non-quitting spirit helps the student overcome challenges to succeed in the face of adversity.

    Adversity is an unavoidable part of life, whether its malicious action by another person, job loss, natural disaster, or any other undesirable event. These are all circumstances people encounter. Events happen that are beyond our control. We cannot control them, only how we react and respond to them.

    Be safe and stay aware. For more information on martial arts or self-defense programs, please call 561-795-2823, email Grandmaster Pope at tkd@ultimafitness.com or stop by Ultima Fitness 12799 W. Forest Hill Boulevard.