November 10, 2015- We were so excited to receive so many great essays for our “Why I Love Tae Kwon Do” writing contest. Our judges have narrowed the competition down to a few selections. They will be published, in no particular order, here of the next two weeks and the Grand Prize winner will be announced on the 23rd of November.
To all the participants. YOU ARE ALL WINNERS!
ESSAY FINALIST #1- Nicholas Isaacs, age 11
I’m an 11 year old Black Belt about to test for my third stripe towards my second Dan. My parents put me in Y.H.Park TaeKwonDo Academy at age 7 because it seemed like they would teach me many things.
Since I joined TaeKwonDo I’m able to focus better and have more confidence. For example, this year I joined the school newspaper, performed board breaking for the school talent show and was invited to the White House for the Easter Egg Roll, because I sent a picture I drew of Abraham Lincoln to President Obama. I even received a personal letter from the President! I would never have accomplished any of these things without the confidence I gained from being a TaeKwonDo student.
TaeKwonDo has given me a closer relationship with my family. After I joined, my mom did and she is now a Black Belt too. I also train with my cousins who are new Blue Belts. It’s taught me how to be a leader and make new friends. My master and grandmaster encourage me to never give up and to always work hard. This is why I love TaeKwonDo!