My Taekwondo School is My Happy Place

by Danielle
(Cary, NC, USA)

This is me after winning

This is me after winning

I started taking taekwondo with my three older brothers at the age of 7, but never made it past white belt as a result of it becoming too expensive for my parents to have 4 children enrolled in tkd. I always wanted to start my training again but it just never was something that I could make happen.

Fast forward 22 years.

After a very bad break-up, a bout with depression, and a hospital stay I finally decided that I was going to do something for myself that I had been wanting to do for years...start taekwondo again. White Tiger Taekwondo & Martial Arts is 5 minutes from my house and I figured that made it the ideal place to go. I toured the school, met with the female owner and Grandmaster and ultimately enrolled.

I was extremely nervous my first class. I felt silly being a 29 year old white belt that wasn't there taking classes with their child like most of the other adults at the school. That nervousness quickly dissolved once class started and I loved it.

To make a long story short my taekwondo school has given me the community that I was lacking and is really more of a family. Being 29 and not having kids has turned me into an older sister of sorts to all of the teenagers there and they all seem to love me. As far as my actual training, I am one of the best of my rank and excel at sparring, which I love. I can do things now that I wasn't able to 6 months ago and after being voted "Best Test" for my rank by the board of examiners recently it has given me something I had been lacking the past few years. I am now proud of myself again.

Linda's reply
...and we're proud of you too! Congratulations on finding your way back, inspiring others, helping the teens, and taking control of your life through taekwondo.

You are an example of the benefits of a solid martial arts practice. and a black belt in the making. Keep us posted on your journey!

Cheer, Linda

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Oct 10, 2012
We are all proud of you Danielle!
by: David Fiscus


It takes a lot of courage to step into the dojang for the first time. But as you have seen, the rewards are great. Pride in your accomplishments is a great motivator. Being a big sister to younger students builds self confidence and leadership. Except from earning my black belt, my favorite belt testing was for yellow. In my school, that was the 1st belt test. I will always remember how I felt that day, at that moment. No longer a white belt, I had taken the first step to being a black belt. Congratulations to you on you decision to start your training, and best wishes to you as you follow the path to becoming a black belt.

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