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Taekwondo America’s First 9th Degree – A Biography

Robby Lacy took his first taekwondo class in April 1977(one month before the first Star Wars film was released).  His uncle came across the school on his mail route and decided to bring his son and nephew in to try class.  Schools were not as fancy then, and the space had a tile workout floor … Continue reading »

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Tough Love

As a parent, one of the hardest things is denying what your child wants short term in exchange for what’s better for them long term. It would be so much easier on our hearts to protect them from failure, shield them from experiences that scare them, and keep them from getting hurt – but the … Continue reading »

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Hey Mom and Dad – Look At Me!

My kids are now at the age when I don’t hear “look at me” as much as I used to. A few years ago, that is all I heard. “Mom, look how strong I am!” they would say as they picked up the bag of groceries with the eggs in them and then proceeded to … Continue reading »

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April 2017 Family Fitness Challenge

Fitness starts with your family. Moms and dads, your kids are constantly learning from you. Make sure they see you prioritizing healthy choices. Take time this month to complete a 30 day fitness challenge as a family. Take a picture before, during, or after and post it on our Facebook page  with the hash tags … Continue reading »

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Form Flash Cards!

If you’ve been having trouble with remembering the various forms’ names, number of moves, or meaning of the forms, Mr. Penupala has put together a quizlet online flashcard list for all of them!  You can use this to help you study your current form and old forms while you’re on break from school next week.  … Continue reading »

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March 2017 Family Fitness Challenge

Fitness starts with your family. Moms and dads, your kids are constantly learning from you. Make sure they see you prioritizing healthy choices. Take time this month to complete a 30 day fitness challenge as a family. Take a picture before, during, or after and post it on our Facebook page  with the hash tags … Continue reading »

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Why I Want to Be a Black Belt by Mr. Goetze

Black Belt Essay – Mr. Goetze, 13 years-old, October 2013 My name is Jack Goetze and many people ask me “Why I want to be a black belt?”  The story is really when I decided to become a black belt and that was the day I earned my Yellow Belt. Before that day my parents … Continue reading »

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My Journey to Black Belt by Mr. B. Chan

Black Belt Essay – Mr. B. Chan, 9 years-old, October 2013 I’ve wanted to get my black belt since I started Tae Kwon Do over two years ago. It’s been mostly my only goal and I think it’s almost everyone’s goal when they start. Earning my black belt would be so awesome because it would … Continue reading »

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My Journey to Black Belt by Mr. Nadimpalli

Black Belt Essay – Mr. Nadimpalli, 14 years-old, October 2013 Throughout my life, I have participated in many activities such as Chess, Swimming, and playing Cricket. Compared to these experiences, my past two years in Valley Ranch Taekwondo America was more boisterous and influential. When I first started, I was just a 12-year old kid … Continue reading »

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Why My Kids Needed to No Change (And I Needed To Let Them)

As a mother I can assure you that there is an actual physical pain you feel in the moment when you watch your child work so very hard for something and not succeed. I know this more than most parents – I’ve watched my three children not pass their testing over 15 times all together. … Continue reading »

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