Black Belt essays are published to share the stories and insights our Black belts have written about.  Students are encouraged to share these so that other students may gain encouragement and insight into the journey of those that have gone before, and those that they train along side.  See the most recent postings, browse the list below, or search using this search box :




  • 'Getting a Kick' out of Tae Kwon Do Master Roger Netsch Click to view as PDF
    Posted Mar 4, 2015, 2:19 PM by Hub Branch
  • Chris Lerch -- Temporary Black Belt Tae Kwon Do Chris Lerch So It Begins When I first embarked upon my journey into martial arts, I was about 15 years old.  The father of one of my ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2014, 6:35 AM by Hub Branch
  • Todd Dooley -- First Dan     The date was January 30th, 2010.  I sat outside this place called “The Hub” in my truck; smoking what I hoped would be 1 of my last cigarettes.  I got ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 2:38 PM by Hub Branch
  • Jason Harris -- Second Dan  “What Tae Kwon Do Means to Me” August 8th, 2009 Tae Kwon Do is a fascinating piece of my life.  To understand what Tae Kwon Do means to me, a ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2014, 12:48 PM by Hub Branch
  • Kaye Bair -- Seventh Dan A Reluctant Martial Artist ​I had no desire whatsoever to train in martial arts. My children, however, thought otherwise. In 1976 we lived in Iowa City, IA, and my husband ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 8:35 AM by Hub Branch
  • Maxwell Frederick Lerch -- Temporary Black Belt  What Tae Kwon Do Means to Me              The real definition of Tae Kwon Do is “a modern Korean martial art similar to karate” according to the Oxford Dictionary of English ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 8:29 AM by Hub Branch
  • Cindy Lerch -- Temporary Black Belt  My Tae Kwon Do Journey So Far:  What Tae Kwon Do Means to Me Several years ago we had a table at the Indianola Farmer’s Market.  The Lions Club ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 8:25 AM by Hub Branch
  • Gerry Wilwerding -- Second Dan Tae Kwon Do - My Journey My training started as many others did. Connor, my son and nearly seven, was excited about becoming active outside the home as well as having ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 1:45 PM by Hub Branch
  • Jacob Goldstein -- Temporary Black Belt My TKD Paper What Tae Kwon Do means to me is that I can fulfill and overcome. It means that I am strong, but that I can also control myself ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 1:50 PM by Hub Branch
  • Steven Goldstein -- First Dan My Tae Kwon Do Journey     If one would compare Tae Kwon Do to climbing Mt Everest, this upcoming temporary black belt test is like reaching the base camp.  This test ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 1:46 PM by Hub Branch
  • Dwayne Ferguson -- Sixth Dan Tae Kwon Do I don't know when I realty decided to do Tae Kwon Do. I had toyed with the idea of learning a martial art when I was ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2014, 8:55 AM by Hub Branch
  • Hayden Wacha -- Temporary Black Belt 8/16/2014
    Posted Sep 28, 2014, 8:12 AM by Hub Branch
  • Kendall Bailey -- First Dan Finding Balance 12/10/2013 Laziness. Impatience. Hubris.   These are qualities I strive for.  In my professional life, I write software.  One of the programming legends, Larry Wall, wrote that ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 1:44 PM by Hub Branch
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