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Student Testimony: Student of the Cycle (Juniors, Beginners) - Julitzy

Posted: April 10, 2018


            Julitzy is a joyful girl, who is followed by smiles and laughter. Although she loves to express herself through humor, she is still very timid. My nephew has been on ATA member for two years now, and loves every bit of it. Since he started he has been trying to convince her to try it out. She was hesitant of being unable to learn the different and various forms, or being incapable of being in front of many people. After her first class, she saw that it isn't just training, but fun. As soon as she accomplished moving from the first belt, she was that much more motivated.

A Family That Kicks Together Sticks Together

Posted: April 03, 2018

Our Journey started almost five years ago. We were having difficulties with both our children. Our daughter Lily had no sympathy or empathy for anyone, which resulted in her being a bully. We had her in therapy for six months to no avail. We used to get weekly phone calls from her teachers complaining about her behaviors and how she spoke to people. We decided that her issues were lack of self-confidence and decided to enroll her in Taekwondo. Two weeks later we got a call from her teacher, but this time it was different. This time the teacher was raving about how good she was being and how well she is getting along with other kids. She said whatever we were doing to keep it up because it was working. Over the years she has grown and matured into a compassionate person who cares when others are hurting or are happy. She is now an honor-roll student who is praised by teachers for always being willing to help others and for being a great role model. She has now been selected to be a leader in her school. 

Our son D'Angelo was extremely shy and had the hardest time even making friends. He had no self-confidence and struggled even communicating with us as his parents sometimes.  We figured if Taekwondo could help our daughter, it might be able to help our son also. He has now blossomed into an outgoing, funny kid with all the confidence he needs to succeed. He is known and loved by everyone at school because he will talk to and help anyone. He stands up to the bullies for others who can't. He is always willing to sit with the kid who is by themselves and introduce them to everyone so no one is left out. 

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