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  1. At Last ! My Long Journey Paid Off

    Jether Hughes

    At Last! My Long Journey Paid Off

                  By: J.D. Hughes

    My name is Jether Daniel Hughes, for short J.D. I am 8 years old. I started Taekwondo when my parents wanted me to be in a sport where I can defend myself against bullying in the coming years. But every taekwondo studio we had visited said “ I had to be at least four years old”, I was just three years old at that time. I started Taekwondo at Mudo Martial arts with the helped of Ms. Paula; she tries to work with my family to make things worked out. I had so much fun during my taekwondo trainings, Master Daniel is so patient but firm and at the same time love to have fun, so for about a month I invited my friend to join taekwondo, and his name was Matthew. There are times that it is just me and him on the training mat laughing and giggling.  After about one year, Matthew quit taekwondo and did judo instead because he said that the Taekwondo studio is so far from his house. I felt alone and lonely and decided not to come in too. When I was a purple belt I started the advanced class, on my first advanced class I cried a few times. A few months after I got my green belt I stopped going to taekwondo for almost a year. My parents explained to me how valuable the skills I have learned from Taekwondo:  self-control, discipline, self-confidence and most importantly being able to defend myself when I need to. I did not understand the importance of those words back then, but I am so glad I listened, for I enjoyed the fruit of my labor now. When I was a blue belt I went to my very first international taekwondo tournament and got first place at poomse and second place at sparring. Finally, when I was a red three I went to my second international taekwondo tournament and got third place on poomse and third place at sparring. And now looking back at my journey I am proud to achieve the black belt level. For I believe this is just the beginning of my long journey of Taekwondo here at Mudo Martial Arts. I am very thankful for my parents for giving me this wonderful opportunity and never give up on pushing me, to Ms. Paula Lee who is always there, ready to answer questions when my parents are lost and confused, a huge thank you to my instructors; Master Steven, Master Joseph and Master Daniel for their unending support, endless effort and guidance for us all to be a better student and as a person as a whole, to  Master Parks for having this wonderful place Mudo Martial Arts that gives kids like me challenges to better prepare us for the future and an opportunity to be a better citizen.

    Posted on 4/15/2015 at 12:04 AM , Edited on 4/15/2015 at 12:04 AM
    Tags: Essay
  2. Off the Mat

    Joseph Valdez

    Joseph Valdez

    MUDO Martial Arts

    4 April 2015



    Off the Mat

                I started taekwondo at 14. I was young, starting my freshman year of high school and beardless - of course. Now at 20 and in my third year at college, I am proud to say I’m testing for my third dan. Taekwondo is my passion; from it, I have learned to be patient, to persevere and to have confidence. Not only on that mat, but also in life.

                This martial art has changed my life. Without it, I would probably be out of shape and not in college. Taekwondo has taught me skills that I have applied in my college courses, such as: statistics, government, and news writing/gathering to name a few. So many times I’ve said to myself, “Just drop the class. You’re going to fail it anyway,” and “What’s the point?” But I didn’t quit. I persevered and now I have a 3.00 average in college. Taekwondo has become my life.

                For seven years now I have been practicing taekwondo. I still have many things to work on and many to learn. I hope to continue my martial art career wherever I’m at, whether I’m in college or somewhere new. With that, I have to give thanks to my mom and dad for allowing me to practice taekwondo, to Instructor Daniel and Master Park for teaching me all I know, and especially to all the students here at MUDO Martial Arts. I’m looking forward and hoping to see all MUDO students achieve their blacks in the near future. Lastly congratulations to those achieving their first and second degrees today. You all deserve it! Taekwondo is my life. Without it, I wouldn’t be the man I am today. I have learned many things that I could use in my everyday life. Both on and off the mat.


    Posted on 4/15/2015 at 12:04 AM , Edited on 4/15/2015 at 12:04 AM
    Tags: Essay
  3. Black Belt Journey

    Joelle Tindal

    My name is Joelle Tindal. I am 12 years old, a student at Mudo Martial Arts, and proud to have come as far as I have in Taekwondo.

          It all started when I was 9. My family and I were at a Karate studio to see if it was a good place for my younger brother. We had moved from Texas where Preston had done Kung Fu up to Washington State, and he was eager to begin doing martial arts again. But for me, this was something completely new. I had done ballet in Texas, so I had no interest in what my brother was doing at first. But as I was sitting in the studio with my mom and dad, the thought that changed my life came to me: "Why can't I do martial arts too?" After all, it looked like fun, and I wanted to try something new. And to be completely honest, the other thought in the back of my head was, "I'm going to get even better than Preston!"

          That night I spoke to my parents about it. I was surprised but glad to hear that my dad was going to take classes also. His thinking was that if my brother and I both did Karate with him, he would be more motivated. That day, my journey to black belt began.

          Not too soon after I became addicted. Learning new techniques, feeling the slap of a paddle beneath my foot, and being the girl at school who could take you down? It felt amazing. Although it was rough sometimes and I felt like just giving up and quitting, I kept on going with the help of my first instructor Mr. Holman and my dad.

          After a couple of years, I worked all the way up to green belt before we moved back to Texas. When I started at Mudo Martial Arts I was an Orange Stripe, and after four long years of hard work I now stand here at Red Three. I am here because I love Taekwondo. I love the sense of accomplishment you get when you break your board at testing. The excitement and energy of sparring. But most of all, the friends that I've made along the way.

           I want to thank a LOT of people. Mr. Holman, my first instructor, because without him I wouldn't have even started. My parents, who taught me not to give up so easily and to keep on moving forward. My Instructors Steven, Dylan, and Joseph, who've helped me learn so many new things. Finally, Instructor Daniel, who has taught me practically all I know along with so many important life lessons. To be strong, to respect the people around you, and to always try your best.

          I never want to quit now. I feel like this is where I belong. I can learn so much more and keep on improving myself. Black belt may feel like the end of my journey, but I know better. It's the beginning of a new one.


    Posted on 2/28/2015 at 01:02 AM , Edited on 2/28/2015 at 01:02 AM
    Tags: Essay
  4. Haiku and the Martial Arts

    Robert Gaut

    Chiyo was a haiku writer in the mid 1700’s. Everyone in her town agreed that her haiku were superb, but she did not want to be known only locally; her ambition was to become more famous. When a traveling haiku master passed through her town, she demanded to know how to write the perfect haiku. He agreed to help and set her on the task of writing a haiku about a cuckoo that lived near her house. For three days and nights she wrote haiku about the bird. Each day the haiku master would read her work and tell her to try again. She simply did not know how to express herself more genuinely. Finally, one night, she concentrated on the cuckoo so intensely that she did not notice the passing hours until dawn began creeping into her house, awakening the bird. In that moment, she wrote:

    Calling "cuckoo," "cuckoo,"
    All night long,
    Dawn at last!

    In that instant, she became enlightened and saw into her own being and existence. Because there was no longer any calculation in her writing about the cuckoo, the haiku master accepted it as one of the finest he had ever read.

    Discussing Japanese art is difficult, and possibly misleading, without recognizing the influence of Zen and, in particular, Zen Buddhism. Throughout Japanese history, Zen has had such a profound impact on the culture that most people are not even conscious of the individual concepts behind the Zen Buddhist movement. The merging of philosophy, religion, and culture is what makes the artistic endeavors of the Japanese so unique. Japanese art focuses on, for the most part, the everyday occurrences in our lives. It is a celebration of nature, God, our individual and collective efforts, and, in general, the common-ness of our existence. This examination of everyday happenings stems from the study of Zen, the practice of seeing directly into the depths of our own being which is, in Zen, Reality itself. An intuitive mode of understanding is exercised in which our concepts of reality are stripped away until the truth of our own existence is revealed. It is here that satori ("enlightenment") is experienced.

    Martial arts, when viewed as an art form, provides a good example of this intuitive mode of understanding. In martial arts, we repeat movements and techniques until they become second-nature. We no longer have to consciously think about kicking here or punching there, we just do it. The concepts of movement become so familiar to us that we stop thinking about them and simply act from our intuition. In this state of intuitiveness, the relationship between Zen and Japanese art becomes apparent. For the Zen Buddhist, the creation of art while in this type of mental state moves us to the depths of our existence and becomes a divine work.

    Possibly the most popular literary art form in Japan that expresses this idea is haiku. As the shortest form of poetry found in world literature, haiku consists of only three lines and seventeen syllables. Usually, the lines are split up into a line of five syllables followed by a line of seven syllables and ending with a line of five syllables. Despite its brevity, haiku has been used to convey some of the most profound emotions ever experienced. You are probably wondering how three short lines of poetry can express so much, right? Well, think of it this way: at the pivotal moments of life or death, we do not argue about trivial ideas or concepts, we take action, because our emotions cannot be dealt with conceptually in an instant. That is why the haiku is such a perfect expression of living in the moment. It captures the bare essence of living without the intellect getting in the way. Let’s look at a few examples of haiku. The first one was written by Basho (1643-1694) who has become known as the founding father of the modern school of haiku.

    Furu ike ya!
    Kawazu tobikomu,
    Mizu no oto.

    Old pond,
    Frog jumps in,

    The significance of this is that Basho experienced the sound of the frog for what it was. The sound, to Basho, was the only sound in the Universe. He was engulfed with the sound and, in his own Zen way, became the sound. For that matter, in that instant, he also became the frog, the pond, the water, the wind in the trees, all of it! Basho did not contrive a witty statement on the subject nor did he try to write a charming rhyme to show how clever he was. He expressed the moment in an instant and, in that instant, became the moment.

    Haiku is about more than capturing the moment; it is about capturing yourself (your "self"). It is about paying attention to the "plops!" of our everyday life and becoming the one who cries "cuckoo!" It is about forgetting our intellect for a tiny moment - just enough time to grasp at who we really are.

    However, haiku do not have to be written only when an event is experienced. If something inspires a haiku in an instant the same as it happened for Basho or Chiyo, then it is a genuine haiku. What is important is that the feelings are genuine. Haiku comes from deep within, regardless of the subject matter. Here is an example of a haiku taken from the popular Japanese saying "The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection; the water has no mind to retain their image."

    Geese fly overhead,
    Moonlight blankets the still pond.
    Ah! Eternity.

    Notice that this haiku was originally written in English and holds true to the 5+7+5 form. Writing in this form forces the writer to choose his words carefully. This does take a lot of practice. There is a certain rhythm to haiku that is unmistakable. Writing haiku, after some time - even if you have to consciously force the words onto paper - you will find that your haiku start to take on the characteristics of traditional haiku. What is important, however, is the experiencing of the moment in which the haiku is composed.

    Try it out! Write a haiku in the comments below. Have fun and enjoy the moment!

  5. My Story Of Tae Kwon Do

    Dinnell Savage

    Hello my name is D.J Savage I'am 12 years old, an I'm goin to tell you the story of how I started Tae Kwon Do. It all started when I was 10 the feeling of Tae Kwon Do was so powerful I feel like I could anything. When I was 11 years old I got better by every minute. My Grand Master Jong Man Park has helped me become a better person. I loved so many things about Tae Kwon Do was that I made many great friends, and had a greatest feeling of achievement when I had acquired my new belt. I thank my family for putting me in to Tae Kwon Do If I wasn't in Tae Kwon Do I wouldn't be able to defend myself or others I cared about. When ever I come to class I feel like I want to test for my next belt, I was excited about testing for my Black Belt I could feel the way a grandmaster would when they was the best in their country, I would like to become a legend like Bruce Lee! I would try hard everyday for my next belt an try to give a hundred percent to become much more better in Tae Kwon Do. My family and Grand Master Park for helping me gain confidence. I'am now on a way to bigger and better things from Tae Kwon Do's guidance.