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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
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