Martial Arts

Tae Kwon Do

I watched my grandson Aden at his Tae Kwon Do class today

I was filled with many emotions...which I will gladly now convey.


Tae Kwon Do is a martial art...the oldest of its kind.

Literally it means the way of the foot...the hand...and the mind.


It teaches combat and self-defense through sport and exercise

Taught by a grandmaster who is strict yet kind and wise.


Aden earned his green belt and we were all completely floored

When he bowed then in an instant, with his foot he broke a board!


He is learning respect and patience, traits that will help him to succeed.

As he develops strength, flexibility, stamina and speed.


It is inspiring watching Aden and the rest of his class perform

In an atmosphere that is accepting, challenging and warm.


It was easy to see how happy and proud our Aden felt

It was written on his smile as he slipped on that green belt.


And we’ll be in attendance to help see Aden through

When he attempt to earn his next belt...I believe that one is blue.


For though we know confidence and respect are Tae Kwon Do’s reward

It sure is kind of special when Aden breaks that board.




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Don’t forget for you were enlightened
When nerves tempt over the serpent doth grin
Thy thoughts a tempest – The snake a storm
Clouds shall enthrall, safeguard your core
The venom it taints your mind the fruit
That monotonous song so stoically shall leer
Your thoughts constrain, Satan 'tis ever near
The sea ahead too deep, destruction creeps rear

Hark! You were trained - so have not fear
Breath deep - be lax, the sea hath split
Fit but formless - flowing - adapting like water
Your foe he chants, strike as a metronome
You’ll relish in victory, a David amongst Goliaths
So forget all dear partisan, for you are enlightened

Author's Notes/Comments: 

First poem, please critique. Intend on making more martial arts poems for a journal.