Welcome to Beyond Sports Taekwondo! We are located in Lindon, Utah, but have students from all over Utah County, including Orem, Provo, Pleasant Grove, American Fork, Cedar Hills, Saratoga Springs, and Highland. Whether you are new to the martial arts or if you have been studying for years, Beyond Sports will feel like home! Prior to opening this studio in 2002, I worked with children for 15 years, as both a teacher and in social services. While both of those professions were fulfilling, I came to a point where I realized I wanted to reach children early—before they had to make hard, life-determining decisions—and give them the tools they need in order to be successful making those decisions. These skills range from the ability to communicate clearly, to having the self-confidence to stand against the crowd. I did not start Taekwondo until late in life, but when I did, I realized it was the perfect medium for teaching these skills. If it could boost my confidence as a grown woman, what would it do for youth and teens struggling with creating their identity? Or, for that matter, other adults whose lives could be enriched by this knowledge? So, while the children love to do Taekwondo because they can kick and yell, we know it is much more than that. We do Taekwondo because we are learning life skills along the way that will help individuals grow into confident, responsible people who will be our leaders in years to come.
Master Taralyn Sorenson
- Kukkiwon Certified 6th Degree Black Belt in Olympic Style Taekwondo
- BS in Psychology
- Worked with Youth for 28 Years & Counting!
Beyond Sports Taekwondo: What’s in a Name?
When BST was originally founded in 2002 it was under the name of Competitive Taekwondo Club, or CTC. While this was a perfectly fine name, it did not accurately represent our full vision. Thus, in 2008 we changed our name to Beyond Sports: Taekwondo. We chose the word “beyond” for the image of surpassing boundaries, of becoming more than expected. Yet, in order to go beyond, we must understand that there is always more to learn, more to do, more to see. We must remove the illusory boundaries and be continually searching for the next step in our progression. Thus we added the red swirls behind the b to illustrate continual growth and learning. We never want to “arrive” because that leads to stagnation. Instead we want to keep improving ourselves and becoming better, and that is the number one thing we want our students to take away from their Taekwondo experience.
Beyond Sports Taekwondo Mission Statement
To give individuals the tools they need to defend themselves, create the lives they want, and become leaders in their community. As each individual commits to their personal development, they will gain the ability to unify their mind, body, & spirit into a powerful Black Belt who will create their world through vision, achieving goals, service, and seeking greatness in every aspect of their life.
The 5 Tenets of Taekwondo
People need a strong moral base to manage their minds and hearts along with their bodies. If you teach them to kick and punch with no guidelines, you’ll end up with a bunch of bullies. On the other hand, if you teach them correct principles and how to control their minds, bodies, and spirits, you will have well-rounded leaders whom others will want to emulate. Following are the traditional tenets of Taekwondo that we believe are the foundation of a well-rounded individual:
Courtesy – “Treating others how you would like to be treated.”
Integrity – “Doing what is right, even when no one is watching.”
Perseverance – “Never giving up.”
Self Control – “Doing the right thing at the right time.”
Indomitable Spirit – “Always believing in yourself.”
Building Self Esteem
Self Esteem is a cycle that comes from completing goals, seeing that we can be successful, and undertaking new goals.
Making a commitment gives you a reason to continue when times get tough, and they always get tough if you are challenging yourself enough to grow.
Measurable Short and Long Range Goals
Setting and tracking goals allows you to see your progress, and by achieving interim goals you gain the confidence to tackle the harder goals still to come.
Hard work & risk go hand in hand. Risk is going beyond what you know, pushing the envelope to see if you can succeed. It is by pushing (working) that we grow mentally (self knowledge), physically (muscle), & spiritually (the ability to push harder next time).
Achieving the Goal/Evaluation
When you keep your commitment you then have proof within yourself that you can do it again. Sometimes it is necessary to adjust and re-evaluate goals, but we do not believe you have failed as long as you have pushed and worked and given 100%. That is what actually builds confidence—giving it your all and making it to the finish line. To continue building, it is important to evaluate your progress, learn from your experience, and initiate the cycle once again.
We use this cycle here at BST in order to build self-esteem
Our testing system is in harmony with this cycle. Each students starts at White Belt and works their way up through the ranks, setting new goals, working, risking, and testing until they reach their ultimate goal—Black Belt. We see the biggest jump in confidence and self esteem when they reach this goal, and it is one of the reasons we do what we do.