I’ve reached a crossroads. I need to make a decision. I need to take a different path.
Since 2008 I have been online, creating videos on YouTube to pass on martial arts and to give my students a resource to learn and train in their own home. I started and stopped several blogs on Tang Soo Do and martial arts, and continued doing videos even though I stopped teaching in person classes.
In 1986, before I left Korea, I had promised my Tang Soo Do instructor, Master Yun, to pass on what he had taught me. While I have taught hundreds of students over the years, I never felt I fulfilled that promise. So I kept making videos.
Now at 55 and physically unable to perform many martial arts techniques and forms, I’m still trying to create videos, just to end up in pain for days and with a video I’m not happy with.
This Memorial Day weekend, after much thought and reflection, I made the decision to stop feeling forced to continue down the path I have been on for so many years, and take a different route. One that still strives to help my subscribers and others, and will ultimately fulfill that promise I made in Korea so many years ago.
Beginning My Writing Journey
While I have courses teaching Tang Soo Do on the Udemy learning platform, and video tutorials on my YouTube channel, there is no guarantee they will be there in the future. The platforms could shut down, the companies could go out of business, and the courses and videos could just disappear.
But no matter what has happened in history, and despite the advances in technology, books are still around. Centuries after they were first written, books can still be found and are still read.
Loving English in high school and college, and having the desire to create and help others, I decided that I will pass on the martial arts through books and begin my journey toward becoming an author.
My first book(s) will be an authoritative series of books on the art of Traditional Tang Soo Do. Not only will I fulfill my promise to Master Yun, but I will be able to pass on the art to future generations long after I am gone.
While I love martial arts, it’s not the only thing I want to talk about, information I want to share or ways I want to make a difference in this world. Once I have brain dumped all of my martial arts knowledge, I have many other areas I want to address and topics I want to write about, such as leadership, parenting, and books to help teens who do not have a father in the home to guide them.
To make sure that I was serious about taking this step down the path to being an author, I took some steps to ensure I do not revert back to trying to create videos and courses.
I sold my B.O.B. While good old BOB was a great training partner and demo dummy for my videos, I can no longer kick him or strike him with full force due to my shoulders and knees. Rather than have him just sit around, I sold him so that I can get a stationary bike and focus on losing weight and improving my health without the impact.
While martial arts will always be part of my life, they are not my whole life. I still practice and train kata and do Tai Chi, but they are to improve and enhance my life, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. The martial arts, fitness, or anything else, should consume your whole life. They are there to improve and enhance areas of your life and make it more enjoyable.
By getting rid of those training tools I stepped off of the path I was on, creating videos and courses at the expense of my knees, so I can focus on improving my health and fitness, and passing on the martial arts through writing. If I hadn’t parted with BOB (he sold in less than 24 hours) I know I would have kept trying to continue down a path I knew I could not do effectively anymore and that was starting to become unenjoyable.
And so it begins…
This post officially marks the beginning of my writing journey. I know my writing needs a lot of work, and I am studying and learning to improve, but I also know that to get better at writing you have to write. We get better at doing things by actually doing them.
You will be seeing more articles and less videos going forward, but I believe the journey is about to get better and much more interesting.
Hope you join me!