Last night I was officially presented with a World Taekwondo Federation Certified Black Belt under Grand Master Se Yong Chang (better known in the TKD world as “GMC”). I cannot begin to describe my gratitude to GMC, Master Youngshin “Jennifer” Chang, and Master Yong Seong “CJ” Chang. They taught me to be warriors, they taught me the meaning of finishing everything that I start, and most importantly they taught me the true meaning of family. I developed a deepened appreciation for Korean culture and for the beauty of Taekwondo as a martial art. I am truly indebted to my masters, coaches, captains, and teammates for constantly pushing me to my limits, helping me to reach my full potential, and unleashing 2 deadly weapons formerly referred to as my right and left leg. Team Chang accepted me into their world immediately as family, and I would not be where I am today if they were not in my life.
Also, I feel extremely blessed for having support from my parents, brothers, sister, cousins, friends, and even those that have kept up with my journey on my blog. Every mention and every comment with regards to my fights and training keeps me grounded, but hungrier than ever. I also want to extend my gratitude to my Instructors back when I was still 9 years old. I began Taekwondo at that early of an age under Mr. Victor Batung, Mr. Carlos Patalinghug, and Ms. Maria Patalinghug. I will never forget you starting me on my path in Taekwondo and in the Martial Arts. Also, a special shout out to Master Tarek Hussein who under his training, taught me what is to have fighting spirit, the difference between strength and power, and the true meaning of being real.
It is truly an honor to receive my 1st degree black belt in Olympic Style Sport Taekwondo. This does not signify and end to a journey, but only the beginning of my quest to venture deeper into the Martial Arts world.