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                 During the Koryo dynasty, Taekwondo was best known as a fitness and recreational system… But it soon changed to a military fighting art. In 1909, Japan invaded Korea and outlawed the practice of Taekwondo. This left people no option but to study in secret under famous masters. In 1945, Japan freed Korea and Taekwondo flourished. Taekowndo is still expanding greatly throughout the world by being given the honor of being a full medal sport at the recent 2000 Olympic games.
                
    The tenants of Taekwondo are very important to me. I believe that they each contain specific meanings and lessons that will help make life flow more smoothly. I've encountered some rough times since I joined Taekwondo five years ago. The tenants have helped me through those rough times. The one tenant that I can relate to the most is "Perseverance". For example; If I happen to fall a bit behind at school, I think back to my Taekowndo training and realize that if I put my mind to it, I can succeed.
                
    The most important person to me during my Taekwondo training has been my instructor, Sha bam nim Carpenter. She's provided support and encouragement for me to try my hardest at all times. (even if I'm exhausted). She makes the class fun by always changing exercises so that they don't get boring.
                
    I've benefitted from Taekwondo in many ways. I've gained flexibility, speed, strength, and most of all, indurance. My training has taught me that nobody is perfect at anything, whether it be a swirl hook kick, or just a round kick. I've also learned to always look for ways to improve things. No matter how good you are at something, you can always find a way to become better. Bravery was also something that I developed. You have to learn to conquer your fears. I remember when I was testing for my green belt, I had to break my first board. I didn't know what to expect, so doubts arose in my mind; would it hur
                

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    Sunday, February 12, 2017



    Mr.Jerry Jackson

    How I Got Here:  My Journey
    to the     Dojang             
           

    Where
    do I start?  I first thought about it sitting in a movie theatre as
    an early teenager watching Ralph Ma
    cchio become a legend in the movie The Karate
    Kid.  I thought
    , if that skinny little kid can learn to whip bad
    guys and get the pretty girl doing it
    , well so can I!  One problem; I grew up in a very small town
    called Graettinger, Iowa.  We didn’t have a stop light in
    our town much less a martial arts school.  Even
    if I had access to one, it would
    have been a big stretch to ask for my parents to pay for something like
    that. 
    My
    dream
    ended sooner
    than it took the movie
    credits to finish.  So I filed away any thoughts of learning
    a
    martial art.

    In the spring
    of the year 2005
    , I made a career change and relocated to a small
    town near Cherokee.  I recall working out in the Wellness Center
    one evening.  I was busy doing my thing but kept hearing loud
    yelling.  I looked over the second story railing to see Master Pearson
    leading a group of TKD students.  I watched for quite a
    while, but for whatever reason I
    didn’t go inquire.

    Fast forward
    to 2012
    ; my
    son Brody was starting kindergarten, and life was good.  One day I was
    waiting at the bus stop for my little champ to get off.  I wasn’t prepared
    for what I was about to see.  Brody was the last kid off the bus that
    day.  He stepped down off the steps and when his feet hit the ground so
    did my heart.  He looked up with tears streaming down his face and he was
    a bloody mess.  That was the first of several incidents at the hands of
    not one
    , but
    two bullies.  I guess having epilepsy makes you different and a target
    , even in kindergarten.  A
    few angry meetings with both the school and the parents made one of the bullies
    stop but not the other.  So I told Brody we could get him TKD
    lessons.  He thought about it long and hard for quite awhile
    , and then decided to get on board.

    I knew full
    well I wanted to take lessons with him, but a busy work schedule wouldn’t allow
    it
    at first
    I contacted
    Master Pearson and in August of 2013
    , and Brody bowed, crossed the red line in our dojang, and started his journey.  December of
    the same year I was finally able to start my own journey.  By this time I
    was thrilled with Brody’s progress and I couldn’t wait for my turn.  I
    informed Master Pearson I would be there on the 13th.  She was waiting by
    the door for me and just like Brody I bowed and crossed the red line. 
    Honestly,
    after only a few minutes, I realized I was completely
    terrified of this woman.  She helped me understand who was in charge at
    all times (as if my shaking knees didn’t tell her I got the point).  We
    worked through what might have been her worst first day student lesson
    ever.  I went away after day one feeling overwhelmed, but knowing I was
    hooked.

    Many lessons
    have been taught in my time in TKD.  One in particular that I have learned
    is that TKD is a gift.  Master Pearson has said that to me many times over
    the last couple of years.  The gift of knowledge is what it means most to
    me.  I too have a gift.  My gift comes in the form of my young son
    Brody.  One day
    , like all of us parents, I will give my gift to the
    world.  I will be satisfied when the day comes knowing that the teaching
    and the convictions
    I will have instilled into him, supplemented by the tenets of
    TKD
    , have created a well rounded and respectful young man.

    In closing I
    have a few people to thank. 
    Thank you to 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 to
    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. 
    To my mom, I would run out of ink
    before I ever finished writing enough about you.  You inspire me to keep
    moving forward and become the best I can be.  To my dad
    , how do you thank your hero
    enough?  I say hero for a very good reason. 
    He is a two time Purple Heart recipientHe fought in
    the Vietnam and Gulf warsHe is a 38 year distinguished military
    retire
    e
    He’s faced the
    toughest form of lung cancer and beat it. 
    He is a walleye fishing master, and my best buddy.  I couldn’t be
    here today without you.  I do find it ironic that you and mom brought me
    into this world kicking and
    screaming and youre still with me watching me do the same thing. 
    To my son Brody
    ,
    I couldn’t ask for a better son.  You
    re turning into a nice respectful young man, and I am
    so proud.  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
    rson, and I am grateful to also be
    able to call you my friend.

     

     

    Respectfully Submitted by:

    Jerry Jackson

    2/11/2017

    Friday, August 12, 2016



    McKenzee Verry—Temporary Black Belt Test

    Grinnell Dojang
    Temporary Black Belt
    June18 , 2016
     
    What TaeKwonDo Means To Me

    My name is McKenzee, I am 24 years old and I am very soon to be (hopefully) a black belt member of the Jung’s family.  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 didn’t meet him through TaeKwonDo, but it was clear from the beginning that it was a large part of his life.  I had participated in TaeKwonDo when I was younger at another school in Iowa City and didn’t hold very good memories from it, so when Master Gibson and the mothers of the Grinnell Branch students began trying to convince me to rejoin I was extremely hesitant.


    However, I was completely intrigued watching his classes and going to rank testing in Cedar Rapids, and it was instantly clear that the Jung’s program was nothing like the one I had been in previously, while TaeKwonDo is individual these students were really a team, a group of people that may never have spoken before were working together towards a common interest. 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.

     The Jung’s program was like a map helping me on my journey to a better me. Since joining I’ve learned to better understand my body: how hard and how far I can push myself. I no longer depend on medications to control my anxiety and depression or to get me through the day. I no longer depend solely on others to provide me with the motivation to do anything, even if there is a room full of people willing to lift me up whenever I’m in need. In fact, my level of confidence in myself is higher than it’s ever been. While I still have so much to improve on I’m a million miles from where I began, and if I had to choose the most important lesson that TaeKwonDo has taught me it would be that I will never be done improving myself.

    I can’t say that TaeKwonDo is for everyone, but I can say and believe whole heartedly that the Jung’s program is for EVERYONE, every age, race, sex, size, and religion. To me, Jung’s TaeKwonDo about finding yourself, constantly working at becoming the best person you can be, and helping others to do the same.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016



    Max Hunt-First Degree

    Grinnell Dojang
    First Degree
    April 9, 2016

    On March 19th, 2013 I started my journey through the ranks
    of Tae Kwon Do. 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?”, and I will tell them to sit
    down because this answer will take awhile. First we learn many kicks, blocks,
    punches, and stances, which are used to perform our art of foot and hand. We
    need to know ten International Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF) forms and their
    meanings. That’s a lot of Korean history, and a total of 297 movements. We also
    have to learn eight World Tae Kwon Do  Federation
    (WTF) forms and their meanings. 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 227 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. Tae Kwon Do has given me a strong and  healthy spirit, mind, and body.
                So now that
    I have done my time in the lower ranks, gained all this knowledge, and am about
    to test for First Dan, what do I do after that. Well this is the best part
    because I get to help those coming up the ranks with their forms, movements,
    definitions, and techniques. Sharing my experience with others, and helping
    them to progress is very satisfying. Watching people come into the do jang and
    sticking with the program, I get to relive my journey through helping them
    attain their goals. As they go through the ranks, it is amazing to see the
    transformations that take place.
               
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    Alex Haus–First Degree

    Nashua Dojang
    First Degree
    April 9, 2016

    How Tae Kwon Do has helped me.  How I am helping at the Dojang.  What Tae Kwon Do has taught me.

    Tae Kwon Do has helped me in so many ways from when I started at the age of
    five, I couldn’t stand at Chunbee position or concentrate on what I was supposed
    to do, to not knowing how to throw a punch or even how to fall correctly.  All of the repetitive movements week after
    week, year after year has taught me to have a better technique.
    I am helping at the Dojang when my instructor asks for
    a volunteer to do some one on one with other color belts to practice on their
    forms or their one steps, I always jump at the opportunity to help.  I like that because I like helping out
    and also get to bond with the other members of the dojang.  I have a lot of forms that I have to remember
    and sometimes people forget their forms but I study hard to remember those
    forms and help them out when they are stuck. 
    I like it when Mr. Schmidt picks one of the higher
    belts to teach class for the evening at the Nashua Dojang.  I like to teach those classes because the
    Nashua Branch is smaller in size.  It gives
    the class something different for the evening and it makes me proud to teach
    and I have a happy feeling inside knowing I can do something like that. At
    first, I was scared when I started to teach, but my instructor, Mr. Schmidt talked
    me through step-by-step what to do through the class. It helps me be a better
    student in Tae Kwon Do knowing how difficult it is to teach in front of a class
    of students, I have more respect for the ones up in front teaching and I give
    more attention to the one teaching. 
    Overall Tae Kwon Do has taught me to be a good sport win or lose.  I know that I can always improve, so I plan
    to stick with Tae Kwon Do and I want to work towards my next degree.
    My teachers are hard on the temporary black belts
    because they want the best out of us.  Tae
    Kwon Do is about self-defense and it has taught me to be self-aware of my
    surroundings.  My dad has helped
    emphasize this point by asking me questions when we go to the store.  He’ll ask me what color was the cashiers’
    shirt or what was on the name tag, to see if I was observant with my
    surroundings.  Tae Kwon Do has also taught
    me to stick up for myself and others and my family.  I feel safer knowing that if anyone tries to
    attack me, I will know how to defend myself.  It makes me feel good to know Tae Kwon Do has
    helped me in so many other areas of my life.


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