I first enrolled in Mu Do Martial Arts at eight years old. My family often ate at Babe's Chicken, which was next door to the original location of the Mu Do studio. According to my father, I seemed very interested in the studio. He asked if I would like to try martial arts, and I eagerly said yes.
I continued to take Taekwondo for two years, during which time the studio moved to the current location. In the fourth grade, at ten years old, I decided I would rather watch TV or play with friends then practice martial arts, and quit.
Over the next year and a half, I occasionally played other sports that did not take as much time or effort as Taekwondo had, and developed a less active lifestyle than I previously led. I slowly began to notice that I was slower than other kids, and bullied a litle more frequently. After a fight towards the end of fifth grade that I lost fairly badly, I decided I would like to be able to stand up for myself, and have more confidence in myself. Shortly before sixth grade started, I enrolled again at Mu Do Martial Arts.
The second time around, I enjoyed martial arts much more. I enjoy the discipline it takes to improve, the excitement of learning a new form or kick, and the fun and competition in sparring. Though Mu Do changed ownership while I was a candidate black belt, I stayed with Mu Do, now under Master Park. In 2010 I tested for and received my first dan black belt on one of the proudest days of my life.
The more time and effort I put into martial arts, the more I grow to love it. Martial arts has become a part of my lifestyle, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I would like to than Master Park and Instructor Daniel for their teaching, and the discipline they have given me. I would like to thank parents for their love and support. I am ready and excited for any new challenges martial arts may present.