Jason – “Thank you Mr. Kim, Ms. Shim, Mr. Gong, Mr. Kang, and Mr. Hwang for helping me learn Taekwondo to be a better person. I will continue to learn more from you.”
Parents – “Jae Kim Taekwondo is more than just learning to defend. It has also taught Jason that to excel in anything it requires commitment, practice, listen and follow directions. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Parents and teachers only provide the opportunity. It is up to the student to make the best of this opportunity. Thank you to all at Jae Kim Taekwondo for being great teachers and role models to Jason.”
How time flies… It seems like only yesterday when we signed Jason up for Taekwondo in pre-school at age 4. It was more like playtime with some kids wearing white dobaks than learning Taekwondo. They mostly played games often chased by the instructor and on special days broke boards with a foot stomp. What do you expect from 4 year olds? Jason enjoyed this very much and always looked forward to Taekwondo day. Like most boys that age, he liked running around playing heroes and villains and just being silly. He always had so much energy and, like many little boys, issues with listening. Sound familiar? It was obvious he needed a structured program to focus. Jae H Kim Taekwondo was a perfect choice!
Jason’s first belt promotion test was more than if he could do the general punches and kicks, the Chunji form, and the One Steps. The real test to us was if he could sit quietly and still throughout the 1½ hour test session without interrupting others. At age 5, we were amazed that he and all the other students did just that! Amazing!!!
Now 3 years later, Jason achieved his first Black Belt. It makes all the driving back and forth from Southborough to Ashland 2-3 times a week and then that dreaded Boston commute worthwhile. Special thanks to Suzie Yee for her Thursday Black Belt pickups and drop offs. It doesn’t end here. Jason is anxious to start working towards his 2nd Dan Black Belt.
Jae Kim Taekwondo is more than just learning to defend. It has also taught Jason that to excel in anything you need to focus, practice, commit, listen and follow directions. Through this hard work you can achieve your goal. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. Parents and teachers only provide the opportunity. It is up to the student to make the best of this opportunity. Jason has also applied this to his swimming and soccer and done well with each… but we are still working on school work.
Thank you Mr Kim, Ms Shim, Mr Gong (1st Instructor), Mr Kang, Mr Hwang (Boston), other Ashland Instructors and Junior Instructors for teaching Jason and more importantly, being a role model to him. The health challenges and family environment you promote just makes taekwondo so enjoyable.
Ed & Fay Wong
I am so excited to get the Black Belt. Thanks to Ms. Shim, Mr. Kang
and Grandmaster Kim for training me and preparing me for this
challenge. And thanks to William for helping me on the day of the
Black Belt test.
From Visi and Tilak (Sidarrth’s Parents) :
We are very proud of Sidarrth for working hard to achieve his goal of
getting the Black Belt before he turns 10. Nothing could have been
accomplished without the help of his teachers and support of everyone
at the Ashland and Boston Jae H Kim School of Taekwondo. We are
thrilled to be a part of this school community. Special thanks to Ms.
Shim, Mr. Kang and Rob for helping Sidarrth grow and face up to this
Congratulations to Siddarth and Jason. Srijan and Srihari are following you boys.
Fantastic job Jason and Siddarth. we are proud of you – The Bendlins