WANT MORE CONSISTENCY
IN YOUR WORKOUT?

Tae Kwon Do: an Ideal Choice

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Are you seeking
CONSISTENCY
in your
WORKOUT?

Tae Kwon Do: an Ideal Choice

Schedule a Free Exploratory Session

STARTING a workout routine is exciting.
MAINTAINING it is a different story.

STARTING a workout routine is exciting.
MAINTAINING one is
less so.

Have you ever experienced this?

picture of someone's legs on a treadmill

No matter how determined you are, you end up not being able to stick to a fitness routine. Other demands take so much time and energy that the last thing you want is to do a boring workout.

You are not alone. No time, no fun: these are top reasons people stop working out.

But don't we know better?

Don't we know that not everything in life is fun; that's where delayed gratification and self-discipline come in? Don't we also know that "no time" is an excuse because we find time for what is important to us, and what is more important than our health and well-being?

Shouldn't we be able to just grit our teeth and do it?

We end up beating ourselves up and give up, that is, till the next January when the exuberance of a new year buoys us again.

Rinse. Repeat.

Everybody knows yo-yo dieting is bad but yo-yo exercising is equally so. But what can we do?

Have you ever experienced this?

No matter how determined you are, you end up not being able to stick to a fitness routine. Other demands take so much time and energy that the last thing you want is to do a boring workout.

You are not alone. No time, no fun: these are top reasons most people stop working out.

picture of someone's legs on a treadmill

But we know better, don't we? We know that not everything in life is fun; that's where delayed gratification and self-discipline come in. We also know that "no time" is an excuse because we find time for what is important to us, and what is more important than our health and well-being?

We should be able to grit our teeth and just do it, right?

We end up beating ourselves up and we give up, that is, till the next January when the exuberance of a new year buoys us again.

Rinse. Repeat.

Everybody knows yo-yo dieting is bad but yo-yo exercising is equally so. But what can we do?

Hi, I'm Yat-Yee Chong

And I know all about yo-yo exercising. For years, if my exercise routine was interrupted, it would take enormous willpower and a long time to re-establish it.

Until I started Tae Kwon Do.

It is the only activity that has kept me working out consistently.

The Reason?

Martial arts engaged my mind.

picture of an Asian woman in martial arts uniform

It wasn't boring and repetitive; 5 minutes did not feel like 50. In fact, it was often the other way round. I did not have to give myself stern talks when it came time to work out. I never once assigned higher priorities to cleaning bathrooms or reorganizing pantries.

It is true even now. I don't practice martial arts because it is good for me. I practice because I want to. I am not motivated by the idea that exercising is necessary but rather by interest and desire, and interest and desire trump obligation and willpower every time.

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Hi, I'm Yat-Yee Chong

Middle-aged Asian woman in martial arts uniform and black belt

And I know all about yo-yo exercising. For years, if my exercise routine was interrupted, it would take enormous willpower and a long time to re-establish it.

Until I started Tae Kwon Do.

It is the only activity that has kept me working out consistently.

The Reason?

Martial arts engaged my mind.

It wasn't boring and repetitive; 5 minutes did not feel like 50. In fact, it was often the other way round. I did not have to give myself stern talks when it came time to work out. I never once assigned higher priorities to cleaning bathrooms or reorganizing pantries.

It is true even now. I don't practice martial arts because it is good for me. I practice because I want to. I am not motivated by the idea that exercising is necessary but rather by interest and desire, and interest and desire trump obligation and willpower every time.

It is not you. It's the workout.

You do not lack willpower.

Recall times in the past when you were able to employ strong discipline and ended up succeeding in something that made you proud.

You do not lack willpower.

Why then does it not work in exercising?

If you look at those past successes, you would find a fascinating subject, or a cause that aligned with your values, or deep satisfaction in the work. In other words, your motivation was an intrinsic enjoyment or fulfillment in the pursuit itself, not just an external idea about its benefits.

If you merely tolerate running or lifting weights because they are good for you, willpower is not going to cut it. It needs support from the following:

  • a strong connection to whatever it is you're doing
  • a conducive environment

The first makes you want to do it. The second offers something you can control more easily than feelings: scheduling, finding an accountability partner, singing up for an event.

As for your children: they have willpower as well. Just observe how they can deal with hunger and sleep deprivation when they are in the middle of doing something they love. This does not apply only to video games, but also to topics or projects at school.

They need the same ingredients as we do: the combination of intrinsic motivation and an environment conducive to building good habits.

Daily living requires a lot of willpower. Don't overtax it and then blame yourself for being weak. Find something engaging and enjoyable.

The solution
to a consistent workout is to
find an enjoyable activity and
to build a habit by managing the environment.

It is not you.
It's the workout.

You do not lack willpower.

Recall times in the past when you were able to employ strong discipline and ended up succeeding in something that made you proud.

You do not lack willpower.

Why then does it not work in exercising?

If you look at those past successes, you would find a fascinating subject, or a cause that aligned with your values, or deep satisfaction in the work. In other words, your motivation was an intrinsic enjoyment or fulfillment in the pursuit itself, not just an external idea about its benefits.

If you merely tolerate running or lifting weights because they are good for you, willpower is not going to cut it. It needs support from the following:

  • a strong connection to whatever it is you're doing
  • a conducive environment

The first makes you want to do it. The second offers something you can control more easily than feelings: scheduling, finding an accountability partner, singing up for an event.

As for your children: they have willpower as well. Just observe how they can deal with hunger and sleep deprivation when they are in the middle of doing something they love. This does not apply only to video games, but also to topics or projects at school.

They need the same ingredients as we do: the combination of intrinsic motivation and an environment conducive to building good habits.

Daily living requires a lot of willpower. Don't overtax it and then blame yourself for being weak. Find something engaging and enjoyable.

The solution
to a consistent workout
is to find an enjoyable activity and
to build a habit by managing the environment.

Why do I enjoy martial arts?

  • The practice itself is physically interesting and mentally engaging.
  • It awakened the athlete in me. Even as an adult beginner, I am able to find meaningful goals and achievable excellence.
  • It gifted me with extra time with my children compared to if they had chosen baseball or swimming. Those hours we spent training together were priceless gifts.
mom and teen daughter black belts hugging

How has martial arts helped me establish a robust habit?

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  • I found a training facility that welcomed students of all abilities,
  • The positive environment drew families who were dedicated and valued community, making it a safe place for my family to grow,
  • I planned my schedule around class times so that training wouldn't be derailed by the inevitable interruptions.

Never considered martial arts before?

Even though I grew up around martial arts through my brothers' training and popular culture, I had a number of misconceptions about it:

  • If you didn't start as a young child, there was no point because you'd never get anywhere
  • If you weren't talented, you couldn't do it
  • it was only for rambunctious children or testosterone-heavy young people

Untrue.

Maybe these are the same beliefs you have absorbed unknowingly as well. Maybe you have discounted martial arts for you and your family based on these misconceptions.

Try it for yourself. Give Axon Martial Arts Academy a call. Come with an open mind.

It may be just the thing that will make consistent workouts effortless.

Yat-Yee Chong

4th Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor

American TaeKwonDo Association

970-310-5519

What Martial Arts Can Do For You

The practice of Martial Arts is not like how it's portrayed in movies.
IT IS SO MUCH BETTER.

01

Whole-Body Physical Activity

Tae Kwon Do trains the whole body to work together. You improve your balance, preconception, flexibility, mobility, strength, and reflexes, all necessary for optimal living.

02

Mental Focus

As great as martial arts is at training the body, it is even better at training the mind. From day one, you'll notice how much focus is emphasized. Over time, consistent practice will sharpen your mental clarity.

03

Respect for Self and Others

One of the hallmarks of marital arts is respect. Respect shown to others creates a strong community. Respect for self is the foundation for wise life choices and the resultant successes.

04

Confidence

Beyond the confidence from knowing you are physically strong is the confidence about who you are: someone who overcomes, who persists, who has so much potential a lifetime wouldn't be enough to uncover it.

05

Goal-Setting and Problem-Solving

Advancing through the ranks makes sure you optimize your time- and task-management. The inevitable obstacles such as difficult techniques will push your resourcefulness to new levels.

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How Do I Find The Right Academy?

Axon Martial Arts Academy is right for you if you want the following:

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ENCOURAGING ENVIRONMENT

Students learn best when given clear instructions within a positive environment. You won't find any warped, so-called tough-love tactics here. We build up, not tear down.

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CARING COMMUNITY

Being intentionally small, Axon Academy can build a strong community for parents to support one another and for kids to grow up with friends within a stable community.

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ALWAYS-LEARNING MINDSET

At Axon, we seize every setback as a learning opportunity. We work hard to foster a sense of wonder and humility as we look at what we can learn and do.

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SUITABLE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

Axon Academy welcomes everyone in the family to train together because it creates opportunities for families to strengthen their bonds and create memories.

TESTIMONIALS

"Mrs. Chong always teaches with kindness, patience, and respect. She is flexible and accommodating with the method of teaching. She is a wealth of knowledge. I am so grateful for the time I had with her as my teacher."

— Jordan Clutter
Fort Collins

"My son and I have benefited greatly from Mrs. Chong's instruction in martial arts over the past decade. She has an uncanny ability to pinpoint areas of technique and to demonstrate and explain exactly how to improve them."

— Kathy Sigda
Fort Collins