This portion of our publication is devoted to our Gups (those whose rank
is below Black Belt). The following are some of the essays written by KMAI
Gups as part of their promotional examination requirements.
by Thomas Fisher, 7th Gup
This summer I went to Korean Culture Camp. We did a lot of
activities. Some of the things we did were Tae Kwon Do,
Korean drumming, songs, art, and Korean dancing.
was Tae Kwon Do. We did blocks, punches, kicks, and sparring.
I did good because I already knew how to do it!
The last day
of camp my group did a Tae Kwon Do demo and I got to do the
sparring part. Korean Culture Camp was fun!
by Karl Douglas, 10th Gup
I like Tae Kwon Do because I learn more and more stuff and I
like all of it. But what I like most is running around the
building and that my Masters are very, very nice. It is also
good to learn how to defend yourself in case a stranger tries
to hurt you. Don't defend yet, first try to run. If you
can't, then defend.
Tae Kwon Do is good exercise. It keeps
your body and heart in good shape. I like the friends that I
made since I started Tae Kwon Do. They were nice and helped
by Janet English, 10th Gup
When I fist started Tae Kwon Do I originally wanted some much
needed peace of mind and exercise, but I have learned a whole
Since the start I have put my two children in daycare in
order to attend morning classes. That alone has taught me
that if you look hard and find good people to trust your
children with, they will be fine without you once in a while.
My husband realizes his extra role now so that I can attend
some extra night classes. He tries to come home from work
earlier. Now he is able to help out more with the childrens'
baths, cleaning, giving of medicine, and you get the idea, in
general, just help out more around the house.
I know in the beginning it wasn't easy, but now Tom really enjoys the
extra time he shares with the kids.
Last but not least, my two children understand that they need
to help keep the house clean by picking up their toys. I
feel that Tae Kwon Do has given me peace of mind, exercise, and
taught me some self-defense. Tae Kwon Do has also taught my
family how to come together even more as a team and work
together and communicate even better so everyone benefits.
by Monique Morris, 9th Gup
The reason I like Tae Kwon Do is because of Chon-Ji. Chon-Ji
is a pattern of 19 moves. I like to do Chon-Ji because
that's my highest pattern! I also like doing kicking drills,
middle steps, forward rolls, and everyone who helps me learn
what I have already learned!
by Aaron Witek, 10th Gup
Learning Tae Kwon Do has helped me concentrate and has
improved by skill in playing sports. I feel that since I
have started TaeKwon Do with the KMAI, my ability to play
soccer is much better. I also have learned to focus on what
I am doing.
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