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  1. The Long Way

    Morgan Krieter

    I began Tae Kwon Do on May 19th,2010 thinking it as a way of exercising,but it became more of a personal challenge for me. When I had attended my first day of class ,Grand Master Park told me that one day I would become a Black Belt! I have had many struggles overcoming my physical issues such as, a knee injury, problems with eye to hand coordination, spine issues and medication that would be bothersome to my sense of focus. Along with physical issues, I had many family obligations as well. When I had to retake a Belt Test I couldn't stand of what I done to retake it. That inspired me to work harder ,too make sure I passed an the results were eexcellent it made me much stronger. In the process of making of making my body stronger I also believed that my personality had grown, and it strengthened my will to succeed, making my mind stronger too. The many struggles and conflicts may have dulled me, but with the help of Grand Master Park's instruction, patience, and inspiration, these obstacles did not stop me from achieving my goal. My great thanks to Grand Master Park, as well as Ms. Moon Lee, Becky Flores and the other instructors for their help as well as the support of my family. I will always be grateful for everyone's guidance and encouraging words. I have learned many lessons over the past 3 years of instuctions and discpline from Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do has served to train my mind and body that shall benefit me in all parts of my life. I'am greatful to have achieved my goal of earning my Black Belt I look forward to setting an achieving new goals for myself.  8/10/13

  2. Now and Forever

    Neil Schmidt

    My name is Neil Schmidt, I'am a twelve year old student of Parks Martial Arts. Tae Kwon Do has helped me improve physically an mentally, I practice almost everyday  ever since I was a white belt I have waited for this moment ever since. Me an my sister had joined Tae Kwon Do ,but my sister had quit, that didn't stop me though my mind was focused on becoming a black belt. Seeing other black belts  with their powerful skills an varitey's of poomsae, hand technique, one step sparring, Hapkido, and the role of a Leader! I have come from a long way but I know that I'am finally ready. Getting a black belt is a dream becoming true. I'am truly thankful for my Mother an Father, Master Park, and Mrs. Moon Lee and other fellow black belts for guiding and encouraging me. When I become a black belt I will continue to practice hard and help Master Park. The way of Tae Kwon Do has helped me concentrate and focus on the most important things I'd encounter in life. Tae Kwon Do has changed my life greatly it made me into a better and stronger person.감사합니다

    8/10/13

  3. The Adventure of a Life Time

    Sage Santos

    My name is Sage Hunter Santos and I am 11 years old. I started Taekwondo when I was only 8 years old. Before I was in martial arts, I have never heard of anything about Taekwondo except karate and wrestling. I was mostly into sports like hockey, football, and basketball. I remembered my first day in Mu Do Martial Arts, I was very shy and nervous, but Master Daniel was very nice and welcoming to me. After my first day, I realized how fun and awesome Taekwondo is. I have also made lots of friends along the way, but sadly some of my friends that I started with are not going to finish with me because they quit, but I am very proud of myself and my other friends that are still around. Even though I have played other sports, Taekwondo training has been my favorite. It has taught me discipline, confidence, and integrity. I love sparring, breaking boards, training with my friends, and fighting in all of my tournaments. I still cannot believe that I can actually do all these things.

    I am very excited to be a black belt soon. I like to thank my parts for their support, cheering me on, and being there for me to all of my classes and tournaments. Thanks you to Master Daniel for training me, being there for me and believing in me when I thought I could not do it. He is the best instructor that always believes that I can do better and I am proud to be his student. It has been so much fun and I have learned a lot about myself. I am proud to say, “I AM A STUDENT FROM MU DO MARTIAL ARTS!

    8/10/13

  4. The first time I started Taekwondo

    Shane Martin

    My name is Shane Martin and I am going to become a black belt. When I had first started Taekwondo, I was ten years old. When I started it, the date was June 4, 2010. Always when I was a little boy, I loved to watch martial arts movies such as “The Karate Kid”. My younger brother and I had always dreamed of learning martial arts and becoming good at it, but when I started Taekwondo, I figured out it was the best martial arts.

    The first time I started Taekwondo, I was not good at it. I was could not even do a front snap kick or touch my toes. Over the past years, my instructor, Master Daniel, has helped me improve so much. Also, the other instructors have helped me and everyone else too. I am happy that I am going to become a black belt at the age of thirteen. I thank my parents for enrolling me in Taekwondo. I also thank Master Daniel and the other instructors for helping me get better at Taekwondo and helping me reach my goal of becoming a black belt.

    8/10/13

  5. Taekwondo: The Way of Hand and Foot

    Gloria Chace

    What in the world ever made me think I could do Taekwondo? Taekwondo has never even remotely been on my personal radar my whole life. Master Park, who has always so delicately guarded against divulging my age, would tell you only that 20 years before I started taekwondo (that was more than 3.5 yrs ago) I was 46 yrs of age. So how did this come about so late in life?

    Well, before I started taekwondo, my grandchildren and my daughter were practicing here. My daughter once casually said to me, "Mom, you should try it." I thought that was unlikely. I could never do what I saw going on at this studio. But her comment got under my skin. I thought, well, I have nothing to lose if I just try. If I can't do it, I just don't continue. Soon after I started, much to my weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, my daughter and grandchildren, one by one, dropped out. But it was too late for me. I was hooked. I quickly became fascinated by the loud thwack with a well-placed roundhouse kick on the paddles. I quickly came to not feel strange with the bowing thing, but to truly enjoy the feeling of deference and respect. I love every break-through when I finally "get it!". . .or . . .come closer to getting it. I love it when I walk out that door and have a feeling of accomplishment and feel like pumping my fist and exclaiming out loud, "YES!! I really felt improvement this time." I am one who gets discouraged if I am trying to learn something and the instructors don't pay attention to the details of teaching, i.e. if they show me how to do something, and then when I execute an approximation, they are satisfied without continuing to work on technique. At this school, they DO work on constantly improving technique as they see you are ready for it. This is very high on my appreciation list.

    One big bonus is Taekwondo has largely removed from my life the pressure I have always felt to "get exercise!" Unlike some people, I have never been one who has a burning desire to exercise! I have always been motivated to get exercise by wanting to be healthy, NOT by the urge to move! But I practice taekwondo because it's fun, because I am constantly learning, because I have the satisfaction of slowly improving technique and skill. I may be very, very tired after a long, busy day at work; I may be depressed on occasion. But I get home from work and go into auto pilot: put on the dobok; get in the car and go-to-Taekwondo. Just getting out of the work clothes and into the dobok has a magical restorative effect. Almost every time after an hour in practice I leave feeling better. The exhaustion has totally disappeared and my spirits feel immeasurably better. It is so different from anything else I have ever done to workout.

    This is the only activity I have tried where the motivation to engage in the activity is fed by wanting to meet goals, by the satisfaction of accomplishment. When I walk out of the studio knowing that I really felt a change in this kick, or that technique, that's my reward. And oh yeah... I got a good workout! No more "gotta-get-a-workout-guilt"! It just happens!

    There are disadvantages to starting taekwondo when you are well out of your teen years. In spite of my competitive desires, the muscles refuse to fire as quickly as they used to. I have almost come to terms with the idea that I will never kick as high as Joseph, or do the splits like Yoada, or do a pretzel bend like Kruz. I have had to give in to the need for recovery time between workouts. And so far I cannot see my way to conquering jumping spin kicks.

    There are a few times when I have left the studio discouraged because I could not remember the poomses, or could not break a board after multiple tries. But, with the encouragement of Instructor Daniel, Master Park and all of the others here who have helped me to learn and improve technique, as well as the help of a good chiropractor who keeps all the ribs, back bones, and hip joints in their proper positions, I am still going. The sprained toe has healed... twice, the ribs have been persuaded back into position so I could breathe again, and thus far no knee surgeries or hip replacements have been necessary. And I am still learning and improving my skills.

    I am amazed by how much easier it is to learn the more complex poomses than it was for me to learn the very first Taeguk Il Jang Poomse! That first form had me baffled for the longest time. When I looked ahead at the other students doing complex forms, I thought, "I will never be able to do those things!" But each time I learned another form, another self-defense move, another breaking technique, I began to think, "okay... now I can learn the next one." After several belt colors earned I finally figured out that all I had to do was learn the next piece. Enjoy the pleasure of watching the beautiful forms and the complex moves the higher belts display, but all I have to think about for myself is what I'm working on right now.

    For some reason when I started I did not believe I could any longer significantly improve in flexibility, but decided to try anyway. When I first started I could no longer bend over and touch my fingertips to the floor. In my memory I have never been able to bend over and put my palms flat on the floor. But now I can actually, with a little self-persuasion, work my way down to palms flat on the floor. I have never in my life been able to do splits... and now... well... I still can't. We'll just see how that goes. While I have pretty much accepted the fact that I will never do some of the things I see some others do, I don't in my mind limit the possibilities... as much as I used to anyway.

    Master Park one time said to me quietly, "I can't wait until you get your black belt." I was startled! ME... a black belt!!?? Unbelievable! But after all he and instructor Daniel have done to encourage me and train me properly, how could I possibly let them down? I had to at least try and believe I could do it. I have no idea what Master Park's expectations were at that time, but here I am.

    There is so much more to learn. Such a long way to go to develop good form and technique about which I can truly feel confident. I want to continue to train for a long, long time. I very much appreciate the help and encouragement from those with higher belts ranks. Even though instructor Daniel has to prod me on the confidence issue, and Ms Paula has had to add her own encouragement, it has meant a great deal to me to study and practice under Instructor Daniel and Grand Master Park. I appreciate the excellent help the black belt instructors provide. I also get a real kick out of occasionally being taught a technique by a 10 year old.

    So the story of me and Taekwondo is not one of "Well, I've always been athletic, so I just naturally fell into this." Not at all! Rather, it is a story of significant skepticism and doubt gradually turning into accomplishing something I never dreamed I could. I went from "I can't do that stuff" to "I think I can", to "oh I can learn that," and I AM learning!

    The point is... Taekwondo has added much to my life that I never expected. And I am delighted with it all. I'm healthier, stronger, and more flexible. I have improved energy, improved mood, and have added fun in my life. I have a great sense of accomplishment, and I have unabashed pride in being able to declare: "I am a first degree BLACK BELT!"