But there are champions, many of them, who never win medals. Some of them compete in tournaments, and some don't. Yet they share some important championship characteristics.
1. They measure success not by medals or trophies but by personal achievement. You know when, let's say, you've done your best form ever. When everything comes together and you've done the best you've ever done, you're a winner. You don't need a gold medal to feel like a champion. You've done the best you could possibly do, and that's enough. You then set the next goal and move on. This is the mark of a championship attitude.
2. They applaud the success of others. Honestly feeling good about the accomplishments of other competitors is more than just good sportsmanship. It's a reflection of a championship attitude. By respecting the hard work and talent of others, you acknowledge that all martial artists are part of something larger than themselves. Another person's success doesn't diminish your achievements; it reinforces your commitment to your training and your personal goals.
3. They willingly share what they know. When a competitor is willing to help you improve a technique -- perhaps showing you a more effective way to execute a particular form -- he or she is demonstrating a championship attitude. The message is loud and clear: helping others master a martial art matters more to me than the risk of being outpointed. Selflessness is the mark of a true champion.
The secret to success in Taekwondo or other martial arts is really no secret. Do the best you can. Always. You may never win a medal, but you can be widely recognized as a man or woman who always maintains a championship attitude.
Here's to your success.