by Justin Martin

hard : adjective

1. solid, firm, and resistant to pressure; not easily broken, bent, or pierced.

“a hard mattress”

synonyms:firm, solid, rigid, stiff, resistant, unbreakable, inflexible, impenetrable, unyieldig, solidified, hardened, compact, compacted, dense, close-packed, compressed

2.requiring a great deal of endurance or effort

“Stooping over all day was hard work.”

synonyms:arduous, strenuous, tiring, fatiguing, exhausting, wearying, back-breaking, grueling, heavy, laborious

 I feel that the word “Hard” has become to easy to use. We find daily uses for the word. We use it to describe our work day, we use it to describe raising children, cooking family meals, and we use it to describe anything else that we feel is unpleasant. We are made to be active beings, created to be creators. We are supposed to build, raise food, hunt, and populate the earth.

As Americans we have it pretty easy. For the most part we don’t have to worry about moving around throughout our day, where are food is going to come from, or where we are going to sleep. We don’t have predators hunting us, our police and military do a great job keeping us safe from each other, and we have all of the creature comforts we want. We have been called soft.

As we lower the bar of what is “Hard,” we allow ourselves to slide further away from self sufficiency and health, mentally and physically. We don’t have to jump on to the battlefield or go wrestle a bear. Baby steps such as packing yourself a healthy lunch or starting a workout routine can be the launching point. As you build up your mental and physical endurance of what you can do. You move that bar back up. We as humans can do way more than we think that we can and I support and encourage challenges! This is what makes us “Hardened.”

I challenge you to take the word Hard back! We should be resistant, unbreakable, and unyielding! Not being broken by daily tasks.

Always Learning, Justin Martin


About Harvest Martial Arts

Harvest is a traditional martial arts school that teaches Han Mu Do and fitness classes to adults and children. We have a broad range of classes and a very accessable schedule to fit all your families needs. We are located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

Justin Martin is a Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Han Mu Do under Dr. He-Young Kimm. Mr. Martin has a trained in multiple styles of martial arts throught the years and has a passion for teaching children and adults.  

Harvest Martial Arts teaches Han Mu Do classes for children and adults.

Han Mu Do is a system developed after 40 years of study and training by Dr. Kimm. It is a collection of traditional Korean Arts that includes striking and kicking techniques, throws and takedowns, joint locks and pressure points for self defense situations. Students also learn traditional weapons forms and techniques including sword, staff, short stick and knife. 

Han Mu Do provides more than just a self defense focus. The Student Creed’s three tenants are optimism, balance, and harmony. These tenants will be taught and focused on as students grow inside the school and through their everyday lives.

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