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Thank you t o Grand Master Jung and all the other masters. Thank you for the foundation you have made. This is such a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn. Thank you t o my TKD family in Cherokee. Without you, I would not be standing here today. Every single student has a stake in me being here, and I thank you. You inspire me to keep moving forward and become the best I can be.

To my dad , h ow do you thank your hero enough? I say hero for a very good reason. He is a t wo time Purple Heart recipient. He fought in the Vietnam and Gulf war s. He is a 38 year distinguished military retire e. He is a w alleye fishing master, and m y best buddy.

I couldn't be here today without you. To my son Brody , I couldn't ask for a better son. I can't wait for the day you get to step onto this floor and test for your own black belt. I love you very much. Last but certainly not least , thank you to Master Pearson. First and foremost , I am happy to say I am no longer scared to death of you. My fear has turned into respect. Your teaching me has been a life changing experience. Thank you for helping me through one of the most difficult years of my life.

I am honored to call you Master Pea r son, and I am grateful to also be able to call you my friend. Posted by Jungs Tae Kwon Do at When I was in junior high I played basketball and ran hurdles in track, I loved being on a team and participating in sports distracted me from my troubles at home.

Unfortunately, as time went on I developed a few different issues with my knees that in turn prevented me from continuing with any sports in high school. Left with no outlet and things at home getting rocky, I developed depression, anxiety, as well as an extreme lack of self-confidence and motivation. Over the next seven years of my life I struggled greatly with who I was and what I was going to do with my life.

I felt like I was lost in myself. Then I met Mr. Forrest Gibson who would change my life in a way that I never expected. I was so impressed with all the students; their technique, concentration, and motivation were remarkable. After about three months of watching and getting to know the students, I realized that none of them would be who they were without TaeKwonDo, and maybe it would change me as well, so I joined.

I no longer depend on medications to control my anxiety and depression or to get me through the day. Posted by Jungs Tae Kwon Do at 3: Grinnell Dojang First Degree April 9, As you can see in this picture, when I started my son was already a 1st Permanent Brown Belt. Also in this picture is my Wife and Daughter in the Jung's T-shirts, they support us and do many things for Tae Kwon Do behind the scenes, like get us on Channel 13's work out of the week.

Here I am three years into my Tae Kwon Do journey getting prepared for my test to attain the rank of 1st Dan. I can hardly believe where I am at on this journey today, it has been a lot of work, practice, studying, and participating in all kind of events to reach this point of my progression through the ranks. Before I had knowledge of martial arts and what it meant to be a black belt, I was ignorant of the hard work one had to do to qualify for this honor.

Many lay people that do not have knowledge about this art think that a black belt is someone who is very dangerous and any conflict with this person should be avoided at any cost. Those of us that have chosen to participate in Tae Kwon Do, know that the rank of black belt is an honor, and with it comes many responsibilities and expectations. So one may ask, "how do you become a black belt? First we learn many kicks, blocks, punches, and stances, which are used to perform our art of foot and hand.

That's a lot of Korean history, and a total of movements. The meanings of these forms are aligned with the elements in our environment, like heaven, lake, fire, thunder, wind, water, mountain, and earth. There are a total of movements in the eight WTF forms. In addition to this we learn and memorize three and one step sparring movements. There are 28 different movements we have to know, and we must make up several of our own sparring movements. Then we learn board and cement breaking techniques, using the knowledge learned as we progress through the ranks to execute these accomplishments.

Usually the person receiving this information will be in disbelief about how much knowledge one must acquire to pass a black belt test, and I will admit when I first was looking into participating in this art, I had no idea how much information we must learn besides the actual execution of the forms. Besides the forms, meanings, and sparring, a black belt candidate must also learn many commands and counting in the Korean language.

This is a difficult task, especially for a person in their middle 50s. As I progressed through the ranks and learned all of these prerequisites for black belt, I also learned and practiced the tenants of Tae Kwon Do.

From day one I learned the rules of the Do Jang, such as no shoes, bow to the flags, respect higher belts, and so on. I also began practicing the tenants. When I was testing for my lower color belts one of the judges asked me what my favorite tenant was. As I was exhausted from testing and my uniform soaking wet with sweat, I said, "Perseverance, Mam!

I believed that at the time, because no matter how tough or hard the program was, I would do my best to not quit. By practicing all the tenants of Tae Kwon Do, one can overcome most any obstacle. Today as I continue to progress in the program, I feel my favorite tenant has changed.

To me Tae Kwon Do has become more of a spiritual journey, than a physical one. I believe my spirit is what keeps me going, and as long as I am conscious of my inner spirit, I will be able to persevere and conquer all that comes before me. No matter how much physical strength a person has, they are weak if their spirit is sick. A few years ago, I almost refused to take part in my first all-school competition.

I now see competitions as a challenge, fun, and a way to prove myself. It is something I look forward to. By practicing focus and other basic materials, my increasing abilities have shone through.

In the Tae Kwon Do hall, confidence to do well comes together piece by piece. So now, being confident, I strive to reach high goals. The work it took to test for my red belt took self-motivation. It meant constant practice and vigorous attention to detail To test for my red belt I need to know ten different forms. The purple belt was constantly morphing into the purple-stripe form; my double blocks were supposed to be out instead of in, and I had to spend many hours practicing the complex movements of each form.

Self-motivation to me is my hand stretching for my goal, a black belt. By watching higher belts, I think of how they achieved their goals and know that I must do the same things to move forward: For me, every time my opponent steps backwards, I step forward, because now I am self-motivated, unblinking and disciplined to reach my dreams in life.

The blank computer screen stared at me, accusing. Wanting to, but at the same time not wanting to, I laced up my tennis shoes. The Point is to be in control of my actions. Perseverance is always finding a way though obstacles and difficult situations. Not only have I learned difficult kicks and forms, but my studies have helped me gain self-confidence, learn self-motivation, and become disciplined. Without Tae Kwon Do, I would have a completely different way of thinking, and doubt I would be as successful as I am today.

I was first introduced to Tae Kwon Do in June of I remember having the desire to learn Karate when I was young. I wanted to be able to protect myself and the people I cared about. It has just been in recent years that I discovered my dreams are worth pursuing and as long as I am alive, it is never too late.

Since I began this journey, I have gained much knowledge, but have yet to become wise. I have realized that wisdom comes, not just from the accumulation of knowledge, but more from the appropriate application of knowledge to life. Tae Kwon Do has come to mean more to me than I ever imagined it could.

I enjoy the physical activity involved, but value the philosophy behind this art. Though I have yet to achieve harmony with the universe, I am gaining a better understanding of what that means.

It is an incredible challenge to learn. Physically, Tae kwon Do means a development of strength, grace, balance, coordination, speed, reaction, flexibility, endurance, and cardiovascular conditioning.

It means an unrelenting pursuit of my personal best as well as the development of a positive mental attitude, self control, and clarity of thought. I have found that my mind must, not only be connected to what my body is doing, but must also be focused. Spiritually, this art encourages peace and contentment.

It is important to appreciate each present moment and experience it to its fullest. The pursuit of goals is great and necessary, but not at the expense of what is here and now. I cannot focus on what is behind me or too far ahead without missing what is right in front of me. I have taken a great interest in meditation. I have a strong desire to be able to remain calm within, no matter what is happening around me. The meditation helps tremendously with stress, slowing my pulse, controlling my breathing, and overcoming a variety of physical and mental obstacles.

That may be true to an extent, but I believe character can be improved later in life with spiritual enlightenment. All in all, to me, Tae Kwon Do means a continuous effort to become better, today, than I was yesterday. It offers me a constant challenge to focus on. It is a very personal journey that I feel blessed to have had the honor of sharing with some of the most amazing people I have ever met.

I appreciate every belt level that I have accomplished and believe each step toward my black belt has been full of valuable lessons in life. As I progressed in my journey, I learned patience by being given opportunities where it was needed. That is also the way I have been developing my self-discipline and perseverance. Everyone has challenges in life. Everyone has pain to overcome. Everyone has weaknesses and points of vulnerability.

I believe this art is teaching me how to rise above circumstances of life and get the most out of opportunities presented to me. I ran into some difficult hurdles and suffered a multitude of minor setbacks. I developed a daily routine of attitude checks and meditations that help me in my efforts to keep things in perspective. I have kept an exercise schedule at home as well as in the dojang. I train harder at home.

There were times when my body screamed at me to just stop. The physical conditioning is demanding on ones body and, at times, I wondered just how much pain, fatigue, and discomfort I could tolerate. I felt, and feel, that I must train harder than most to make the same gains in training. I did face some challenges that may have gotten the best of me had it not been for the support from my family at home and my family of friends at Napa Tae Kwon Do Academy.

With their help and a continued effort to make better choices, I was able to overcome a self-defeating attitude, thoughts and behaviors. I got to a point where I realized I had to acknowledge the negatives, but must focus on the positives.

I made myself a promise that I would never fail by giving up. I never thought of myself as one with an indomitable spirit, but looking back on the road I traveled to get here and how hard I fight to overcome my own weaknesses, I can see I am developing it.

Some people might see a black belt as the end result, a goal achieved, or a journey completed. I see a black belt as a major accomplishment, but instead of it being the end of a journey, this is just the beginning for me.

On a very personal level, earning my black belt means that I have effectively learned the basics of this art and I am ready to begin the greater journey. I can only be limited by my own beliefs and I have learned to believe in myself more. When I think of the black belt and what it represents, I think of perseverance, discipline, and an indomitable spirit not to mention a little blood, sweat, and tears because it takes that and more to overcome the challenges of such a mentally and physically demanding sport.

I have the utmost respect for everyone who has gone before me and achieved their black belt. I have a great admiration for those who have continued on in their own training and dedicated themselves to teaching others to do the same.

I thought the achievement of black belt would provoke a feeling of pride in myself, yet I find that the closer I have gotten to it, the more I am humbled by a continued discovery of things I need to improve in myself. Unlike when I began this journey, I now have a peace and confidence that I will. Life is a never ending learning experience. I have enjoyed learning the Korean terminology for movements executed in the dojang, and I am currently having fun with learning the basics of the written language.

Learning the history is important to really understand the art of this style of self defense. I have learned the importance of balancing complimentary opposites. Just as fire opposes water and heaven opposes earth, rest opposes activity. It is easy for me to get so focused on working hard to achieve a goal that I, sometimes, forget to give my body the proper rest.

I have also learned the importance of the mind working with the body. I used to think kicking and punching were just physical motions. Now I know to imagine an opponent and practice with my brain engaged so if the time ever comes when I need to defend myself against a real opponent, I will be more prepared.

Some of the most important things I have learned are mental strengths. I have a new outlook on how the past relates to the future. The past is useful as a learning tool to make the future better.

Accepting others has never been a problem for me. Accepting myself has often been a challenge. There are attributes and shortcomings in all of us.

I am learning to appreciate the strengths I have built on to get to this point, and am continuously learning to improve on my weaknesses. I have been heard stating that I have the heart and soul of an athlete stuck in the body of a couch potato. I am always finding ways I can become better. I am learning the difference between pain and injury. Pain, I know all too well, can be overcome.

I have developed a mental toughness that helps me deal with pain in and out of Tae Kwon Do. I am still learning to embrace new things that are useful and discard what is useless to me. Another very important thing I have learned has been to finish what I start. I have come to realize that most fear is irrational and often time based on things of the past that no longer apply. I am learning to make the best of what is in front of me and let go of expectations.

Having no expectations allows me to just respond to what is, without interpretation or bias. Developing an un-relenting focus on the here and now allows me to enjoy the process and allows the results to take care of themselves. When I am involved in one of my workouts I cannot see what the results will be. I have to trust that there will be positive results and just focus on getting the most out of the workout.

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