Four young martial artists currently training at the Chosun Taekwondo Academy have committed to begin the long and arduous task of becoming taekwondo teachers by accepting the role of Junior Assistant Instructors.
They will be taught the pedagogy of the art, not simply the physical attributes, by seasoned, certified adult black belt masters with the goal of eventually teaching a class of their own in the years to come.
The newest members of the Chosun Instructor staff – a group already 25 strong consisting of taekwondo teachers ranging from 16 to 70 years of age - include Warwick residents Kylie Frey, Lucas Greh, Gianna Ricco and Maximus Sherman.
“My mentor, Grandmaster Richard Chun, taught me that becoming a competent teacher of the martial arts does not happen by accident,” Chosun owner, Grandmaster Doug Cook, a 7th degree Kukkiwon-certified black belt in taekwondo, the traditional martial art of Korea, said in the press release announcing the accomplishments of these four students. “Students must be nurtured and taught the balance between the beauty of taekwondo and its highly lethal defensive nature. It is never too early to begin this process and these four youngsters have earned the right to take their first steps on this privileged path of knowledge. We are honored beyond measure to have them participate.”
Unlike the vast majority of martial arts schools that cater mainly to children, the Chosun Taekwondo Academy, established in 1997 and located at 60 Galloway Road in Warwick, boasts an unusually high percentage of adult students due to a traditional curriculum that focuses on self-defense, martial arts philosophy and meditation. The academy also features classes in hatha yoga and qigong, all taught by seasoned adult black belt instructors.
For more information, call (845) 986-2288, or visit www.chosuntkd.com.