Tae Kwon Do has greatly impacted my life. When I first started Tae Kwon Do almost two years ago, I did not expect to change. It has transformed me mentally and physically. It has had an impact on how others view me and how I view others. Tae Kwon Do has open doors to a new culture, traditions and social experience, with the ability to walk with peace and confidence.
The structure and discipline of Tae Kwon Do are very important to me. I believe that they contain specific meaning and lessons that will help make me a better person. I've encountered some rough times since I've joined. The disciplines have helped me through these rough times. Remembering back when I was a white belt watching black belts and high belts practice saying to myself one day I would also like to become black belt. Before I knew it, I was attending more classes and trying even harder. Through my training I've learned to always look for ways to improve myself, regardless of how difficult it might seem. I've benefited in many ways: gained flexibility, speed, strength, and most of all endurance. I would like to express special thanks to my family and friends. Without their encouragement I would not be here today about to attain first degree black belt. I would also like to give thanks to Grand Master Park and instructors for being there to help me and for everything that they have taught me.
Tae Kwon Do has given me the discipline, motivation and determination to also follow my quest with physical fitness. Applying what I've learned to weight training has given me strength and tone muscles that have been neglected for years. I have become powerful and maintain a better concentration when executing techniques in both sports. I have learned to incorporate both sports to achieve the greatest results.
Without Tae Kwon Do, I don’t know what kind of person I would be today. More importantly, I am learning a new way of life and new way of living. As I begin to succeed in achieving higher belt ranks and develop a deep respect for knowledge and pursuit of excellence. I hope to become a symbol of my personal growth as a person.