Takewondo Belt Testing & Black Belt

Today, our son earned his first degree Black Belt at Park’s US Taekwondo. Our daughter earned her High Blue Belt. He has been working towards this goal for 4.5 years, and she is in her second year. Both of them have benefitted tremendously from the program. Our son was a classmate of Master Park’s son at the local Montessori school. They donated a trial membership to the school’s auction fundraiser. We purchased it and it got us started down this Taekwondo road.

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The five aims of Taekwondo are:

  1. Respect
  2. Humility
  3. Perseverance
  4. Self Control
  5. Honesty

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Those are a pretty good set of core values. The curriculum has taught them many other lessons. The focus on form and breaking has been both fun and educational. The physical component of the sport has kept them active two to three days a week. Their speed, agility, flexibility, and strength have improved. Both kids have enjoyed this goal oriented Korean martial art. Master Park and his staff have been fantastic. They challenge the kids to do things that they otherwise might not experience. I love watching all levels at the belt tests. The beginners are thrilled with their accomplishments and the experienced students are highly skilled.

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I love watching the combination of grace and athleticism that the advanced students exhibit. There were a few second and third degree Black Belts at the test. It’s good for both the younger students and the parents to see what the highly skilled students have accomplished. For our son, he had to earn 15 prior belts on this path to Black Belt. For each one, he had a test similar to this. However, over the past year, while he was a Deputy Black Belt, he had to test three times to earn the right to wear a Black Belt for the first time.

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The role that Debbie and I play is no different from with their other interests of soccer, running, cycling, Scouting, and gymnastics. At times, we have had to push gently and we have always offered our support. Our wish is that they both continue with Taekwondo and further their journey. With our son earning his Black Belt, today was a day to celebrate.

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