My son took TaeKwonDo for many years starting at age 7. Along with the rest of the kids, he memorized the tenets of TaeKwonDo
: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. Developing these qualities was essential as he worked towards achieving his second degree black belt.
The hardest part for me was watching him struggle to break a board during testing. Clearly I couldn't jump in and do it for him. All I could do was silently cheer him on from the sideline. He had to find it within himself to try again and again until he broke the board.
His instructor, Master Shin, told the kids that breaking a board was a lot like achieving any other goal in life. In order to reach the goal, you must focus on it and exert the right amount of energy at just the right time. You must not stop when your fist or foot touches the board but rather go through the board. By following this advice and persevering, my son broke many boards.