Heart of a Warrior: 7 Ancient Secrets to a Great Life
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The inspiration for this book comes from the ancient Korean history of the Hwarang— young student-warriors who worked to strengthen their spirits as well as their fighting skills. Author Jim Langlas, an educator and Taekwondo master, presents seven principles that are rooted in the long tradition of Taekwondo and are also tied to modern character education: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit, community service, and love. Breaking each of the principles into four fundamentals, Langlas explores them through a mix of storytelling from the Hwarang and writing from his own former students, describing ways in which they’ve applied these principles to their own lives and inspiring readers to do the same. Rounding out the narrative are questions to spur reflection, discussion, and action. A background or interest in Taekwondo or other martial arts is by no means necessary for readers to understand and benefit from this engaging book. Its storytelling aspect—and especially the enduring appeal of traditional master/student tales—will resonate with teens of varying interests and backgrounds.
might no longer be able to fulfill my dream of being a warrior. But then I realized that I needed only one hand to fight with a sword—and I still have my entire body to use as a weapon to defend our kingdom. So for eight hours a day, I practiced with the sword in what was once my weaker hand, until other people began to fear my skill. My skill might never have been so great had I never lost my good hand. I lost something that was important to me—but my heart and my skill are both stronger because
asked, “What is the difference between courtesy and respect?” The teacher answered, “Respect is the root. Courtesy is the tree. Let your courtesy grow out of respect, and let these two ideals harmoniously guide your spirit. What is on the surface must reflect what is within.” Master Yi pondered deeply for a few moments. Finally he continued, “Touch the flower lightly. Do not crush its stem. While you may seem to be courteous in action, the body that acts without the heart’s warmth caresses with
stranger, you reach out to yourself as well.” Motioning for the pupils to gather very closely around him, Master Yi said: Looking is good. Seeing is better. Listening is good. Hearing is better. Hear this poem with your hearts: Let us walk, all of us, into the wide light of the pasture. We will join our hands as we move, believing in our own airy lives, together, at last, the young and the old, the fast and the slow, the bound and the free. The trees behind us will be in bloom, and the sounds
To a friend, love is looking out for one another and having each other’s back. To either group, love means to sacrifice for the benefit of the other—to do things you might not always enjoy doing. Love doesn’t include doing a favor for a person just to get a reward or to be recognized. Love is to do a favor and expect nothing in return, to help someone when that person might not always return the favor. It is to do something out of the kindness of your heart and not for selfish purposes. No
where we will follow the trail of our fathers. You will see a green finger of grass beneath that patch of snow, and the birth of color in the white bark of the birch tree. The round eye of an agate will squint at you from the mud of the stream before clarity washes everything clean. Then you will see the truth: All parts must come together. Your thought marries your action, your hand holds your mind, and your own sharp sword may soften into a song. As the master finished his lesson, the