14-year-old Seth G. recently accomplished a sought after milestone in TaeKwonDo – he was promoted to a black belt! Seth started learning and practicing TaeKwonDo four years ago with instructor Mr. Victor Fong at the Northeast Family YMCA.
TaeKwonDo means the art of kicking and punching. There are 10 ranks between white and black belts. Besides learning self-defense, the students also improve physical condition, flexibility and self-confidence.
Seth says that TaeKwonDo has taught him perseverance and to be more disciplined. The dedication definitely paid off with this new accomplishment, but for Seth it came with mixed feelings.
“It was quite exciting, but not as much as I thought it would be. After how far I've come, it is more like a new step in training.”
Mr. Fong, who has a second-degree black belt, enjoys teaching and watching his students progress through the ranks.
“Seth is a very dedicated and hard working student who seldom misses a class. He is polite, has good manners and always has a positive attitude. I am proud of his accomplishments and progression towards a black belt in four years.”
So, what’s next?
“I will continue to learn. Not only will I keep practicing and learning new techniques to advance further in rank, but I will start learning how to teach as well.”
Seth now assists Mr. Fong with a beginner class and recommends it to anyone who is interested.
“The TaeKwonDo class at the Y is safe, friendly and thorough. Everyone can learn without stress,” says Seth. “It is more than just a class; it becomes a lifestyle and an aspect of one's personality.”
Way to go, Seth!