In today’s blog I would like to talk about some of the Taekwondo Masters I have had the privilege of training and meeting with.
First off, Master Joyce Farrell. She is one of our Masters at Cobourg Tae Kwon Do. Master Joyce started Taekwondo about two years before me. So she started around 1996. I remember her going for her Red belt when I tested for my yellow belt. Master Joyce has always worked hard and really appreciates what she does. She is a big part of what Cobourg Tae Kwon Do is. She loves to train and teach. Master Joyce will be making her second appearance at the 2010 US OPEN in the breaking divisions. She honors us all by being a part of the Cobourg Tae Kwon Do family and a Team Wolverine Member.
Second, Master Gayle Richards. Another master at our school. She started Taekwondo about a year before me back in 1997 I believe. I competed in my first Taekwondo tournament with her. We ended up grading for our first black belts together back in 2001. She loves to train and teach Taekwondo. She is making her 3rd appearance at the 2010 US OPEN. She has already won two US OPEN championships and is looking for some more. We are proud to have her as a part of the Cobourg Tae Kwon Do family and a Team Wolverine member.
Third, Grandmaster Veronica DeSantos. I met Grandmaster DeSantos way back when when I was a young Black Belt. I competed at one of her tournaments and won all my divisions that I had entered that day. Veronica is also the one who first certified me to teach Taekwondo back in 2003. I have tested twice with her for my 3rd Dan Black Belt and 4th Dan Black Belt. She really knows how to push her students with her 40 hour gradings. Grandmaster Veronica DeSantos is a Martial Arts Hall of Famer and a 2 time world champion. She owns and operates Desantos Martial Arts Studio in Scarborough Ontario Canada. She is a well known Canadian Female Martial Artist. I am proud to have her as my Master.
Fourth, Grandmaster John Dube. I met Master Dube at the Ontario Opens one year in Hamilton and we have been friends ever since. Even though he is 40 years my senior, I wouldn’t want to tango with him. He has so much knowledge and skill for his age, it is scary. I hate it when he says ti kick him because you know something bad is gonna happen to you. He is still so fast and flexible for his age. He thinks nothing of kicking over his head. So don’t blink otherwise you are gonna get knocked out. Grandmaster Dube is a living piece of Canadian Martial Arts History. He has over 500 some trophies from various martial arts tournaments. He is also a martial arts hall of famer.
Fifth is Master David Wright. I met Master Wright at one of our tournaments we held here in Cobourg. He is a super nice guy. He is the owner and operator of Guelph Olympic Taekwondo in Guelph Ontario Canada. He has many years of experience under his belt. He has done many things in the Taekwondo world. I am glad to be friends with him
Sixth, Grandmaster Chip Townsend. A 14 Time ISKA World Champion. Probably one of if not the most powerful kickers in the world. I met Master chip at the 2008 ISKA US OPEN and we have been friends ever since. He is a very kind and helpful man. I am blessed to have had a chance to train with him a little bit. He has improved some of my striking and kicking. He is a good person to go to when I need advice on Taekwondo or business. Chip is a future hall of famer.I can’t wait to go train with him sometime down at his school in Abilene Texas at Team Chip Taekwondo.
Well I have trained and meet with other Masters but these are the ones that have influence and inspired me the most.
Master Jonathan Field