May 23, 2024


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A Quitter Never Wins and a Winner Never Quits by Instructor Ma

A Quitter Never Wins and a Winner Never Quits by Instructor Ma

Persistence is more important than talent to become a champion martial artist or successful in life. Find out how to become more persistent to reach your goals.

It’s the difference in the mindset between a champion and just another competitor. This is the attitude you must have to overcome all the obstacles in your training. Focus, hard work, a positive attitude, and commitment are some of the key factors in the making of a champion. Knowing the right way to condition your mind and body will increase your odds in being a winner in all that you do. So how do you go about it? First it starts with your most powerful asset or weapon you have, your thoughts.

If two opponents of equal strength and ability step into the ring the man with the stronger mind will be victorious. Here are some ways to train your mind to have an edge over your opponent. Take time to visualize your match or techniques in your mind with a clear, detailed and realistic picture for 10-30 minutes twice a day.

Always visualize what YOU are going to do not what your opponent is going to do because you can only control yourself. Visualize yourself moving quickly and being victorious, standing over your opponent with your arms high up in the air with the championship belt around your waist.

Visualize as if you have already obtained your goal, SMELL the scents of the arena. TASTE the salt from your sweat on your lips. HEAR the crowd chanting your name. FEEL the championship belt around your waist as you put up your hands in victory.

Surround yourself with positive people who push you to be your best, believe in you and your goal and will help you achieve it. Having supportive people around will help deflect negative thinking and will rub off on you; we become who we hang out with.

The key to visualization is to have 100% belief and faith that you WILL ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL, and this is YOUR PURPOSE AND DESTINY.

The mind cannot tell what is real or imagined when you keep telling it something. You will subconsciously begin believing those messages. Attracting people in your life that will help you reach your goal, and you will begin ACTING, TRAINING and PERFORMING like a champion in all that you do.

About the author: Instructor Ma is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in the Korean self-defense art of Hapkido and a 2nd Dan in Traditional Taekwondo. She is a professional sports and fitness model and full time Nursing student. She is the Language, Culture and Leadership Development Teacher for the American Dragon Korean Martial Arts Academies and can be reached at