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Over the years of training Kuk Sool Won, you will be faced with many “magical moments”. Moments of realisation that you can. Moments of inspiration. Moments that stick in your head for the rest of your life. Everyone has these “moments”, but everyone’s are different and unique respectively.

For myself, I have had many “moments,” the most prominent of which being the moment of realisation that I could jump high. It may seem like a small thing, but to me this moment was huge and certainly one that has and will continue to stick in my head. I was in the coloured belt kids’ class, probably a red belt and about 7 years old. We were doing our kicks and Master Martin was encouraging us to jump high when we changed stances. When we were doing this, he pointed out that I was able to jump high and from that moment on people referred to the jumping change as the “Shay change”. That was my magical moment in Kuk Sool and it still has an impact on my training today. That moment made me see that actually that was something I was good at; over the years since then it’s stuck in my head as motivation to continue working on that and as a result I am now able to do jump kicks quite high, all because of the motivation from my “moment” as a red belt.

This is just one of my “moments” however, I personally have lots of them, all of which have combined to give me passion and purpose and are still having a positive impact on my training to this day.

As I said earlier, everyone has moments throughout training Kuk Sool and they come in all shapes and sizes and all have different impacts and effects. JDKJN Martin says that one of his “moments” is the very first time he broke a board. He says “it just felt so good”. No doubt, this “moment” had a similar effect on him than mine had on me, and this moment in combination with all of the other moments he has had throughout his Kuk Sool journey have come together to ignite his passion and keep him going and wanting more from Kuk Sool.

What were your “magic moments” and how have they impacted your training? Let us know in the comments section below this post.

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