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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