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Uniform Etiquette

Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on May 18, 2017 at 4:29pm 1 Comment

How to fold, and put on your uniform:

In martial arts -- there are traditions and rituals associated with the wearing, and tying of the belt and the uniform.  There are many reasons stated from different instructors, master’s and sensei about how these traditions have evolved.   It is,…


2nd Dan Questions, Something I have learned since becoming a black belt

Posted by Mithril Hugunin on May 16, 2017 at 3:40pm 0 Comments

    Being a black belt has shown to me the difference between teaching and leading. When I first received the rank, the responsibilities of being a black belt seemed immense. I had this impression that as a leader in the group, I needed to know every form and every kick by heart. It took months of…


2nd DAN BB Leadership Project

Posted by Kenny Richards on May 16, 2017 at 3:38pm 0 Comments

My leadership project was done in conjunction with my volunteer effort with the local chapter of the Red Cross. I have been a Red Cross volunteer for almost five years and work in the DST group. This is the group which manages the IT and communication for the Red Cross. As one of the more technical members of the team, I was asked to lead an effort for building out a new communication system…


Ryan's Blackbelt Essay Questions and Answers

Posted by Nilda Rublica on May 15, 2017 at 10:23pm 0 Comments

  1. What are my goals upon having reached black belt for my future training and learning?

My goals are to learn the new forms and techniques for my belt level.  To continue improving on what I already have learned and continue learning new techniques.  To get stronger through practice.  Practice kicking higher, stronger and quicker.  Practice my punches to be quicker and harder.  Practice my blocks to be quicker and more accurate.

 2.  What kind of black belt will I…


Cho Gyo Nim Merly's Essays

Posted by Jessica Merly on May 12, 2017 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

What I have achieved in life related to what I have learned in dojang?

When I first started Martial Arts, I had ailments that have affected the left side of my body, since I started working out and stretching, I find that I feel so much better, the pain is not as intense, I feel fantastic…



Posted by Ken Li on May 11, 2017 at 6:31pm 0 Comments

One thing that I have told people time and time again during sparring or in class is to ‘just breathe’ and relax. This will be a story of how I had to take my own advice.

I guess, I will start the story with this; over the past few weeks, I have been talking to someone who brought back some memories…


My Black Belt Goals

Posted by Susanne Blaberg on May 10, 2017 at 6:27pm 0 Comments

My Black Belt Goals

When I pass my test, my black belt goals are:

1.      Work hard on my technique, become more accurate and precise

2.      Learn more about the traditions of Tae Kwon Do so I…


What Kind of Black Belt will I Be?

Posted by Susanne Blaberg on May 10, 2017 at 6:24pm 0 Comments

What Kind of Black Belt will I Be?

I’d like to be the kind of black belt that with my own experience and knowledge, anyone (kid or adult) feel they can approach. I’d like to be a responsible black belt, one that can correct someone if I see they are not doing something…


My Living Heroes -Graham Smyth

Posted by Graham Smyth on May 10, 2017 at 5:12pm 0 Comments

1. Valerie Polack

Valerie Polack, known to me as Val, is a dear friend and mentor who lives right here on Mercer Island. Through her kindness and generosity, Valerie has taught me over the years what it means to be selfless, and to give without thought of return. Valerie has also contended with…


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