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SEPTEMBER 2018 Black Belt Achievers!
All the hard work has paid off, Congratulations! We are very proud of you.

5th Master
Master Shawna Secord
"In 1997, I joined my husband and children at Master Cynthia Brownís class at Montavilla. During the last 21 years I have helped raise a family of black belts (there were many impromptu sparring matches), taken more than 2,000 classes (not including incalculable discussions about forms and techniques), and turned countless boards to kindling (nothing starts a fire like the splinters of success). I currently teach taekwon-do in Nehalem where I am enjoying the challenges of starting a new school. I have a deep admiration for the Masters and other leaders in our schools that not only teach but exemplify humility, cooperation, and inclusion. I am honored to be a part of this community. I have learned there is always more to learn. With wonder I watch our upcoming generation of martial artists; their successes motivate me. I am grateful to Master Brown for her patience, encouragement, and understanding over these many years. Her dedication is astounding. I appreciate the help and support of my mentors and fellow students at Montavilla and Sellwood there are too many to list though Master Aaron Brown, Master Bossen, Master Vo, Mr. Miller, Mr. Rhode, Mrs. Osgood, and Mr. Janson have been key in the last year. Words cannot express the joy and pride I feel for my son (Master Secord) and daughter (Miss Secord). Many thanks to them for hours of playtime, listening to me whine, dispelling my fears, and pushing me to be better than I thought possible. This goal would have been unachievable without my husband Mark who suggested I start this journey, picks me up when I falter, and takes care of lifeís details while Iím off at classes."

5th Master
Master Ngan Vo
"I love TKD and chose to continue practicing this art because of the instructors and students who have inspired me and the community that has welcomed me. I am very grateful to all of my instructors past and present for not only teaching me but for keeping a place for us as a community to continue to practice our art. Their own dedication to Tae Kwon Do has served as an example for me to keep training and strive to improve myself. In addition, while a lot of families join TKD together, TKD can also become a second family. I was fortunate to become a part of the Masters Brown TKD family and am constantly reminded of their dedication and generosity towards the Kim's TKD community. Learning from their example, I strive to be as dedicated to our TKD school and organization so that we can all continue to practice together as a unified community."

2nd Degree
Mr. Tyler Carter
"I am fourteen years old, and I will be going to David Douglas High School to become a freshman. When I first started Taekwon-do at East Portland Community Center I was eight years old. I didnít really understand what I was supposed to do when I first started out, but with the help of the instructors, and classmates, I soon got the hang of it. This class has changed me and helped me mature. I was able to make a lot of friends. It also helped me out of class too. I was able to control my actions more. I would like to thank my instructors and classmates for showing me how to get through class. Taekwon-do has helped me in a great way. I have enjoyed class very much."

1st Degree
Mr. Iris Cox
"I have gained more confidence, leadership, and fitness from Taekwondo over the last few years. I have enjoyed making friendships and pushing myself to be my best. I have loved attending classes at Southwest Community Center with three of my five children, and I hope to continue my training over the coming years. I want to thank the Masters Brown, the instructors, and my classmates for always making classes challenging and fun. I also want to thank my husband Benjamin and my children for their support."

1st Degree
Mr. Michael Reyes
"I originally started training Taekwon-do in 1995 when I was in high school. While many life distractions (attending college, beginning my professional career, starting a family) kept me away for a while, I decided to return to the sport in 2016 alongside my then 6-year-old son. Now just over two years later, I will be completing a milestone that has eluded me for so long; earning my first dan. Through Taekwon-do, I have gained confidence in myself that I carry over to other parts of my life. I enjoy the physical and mental challenge of Taekwon-do and I find myself motivated to work harder every day to become a better martial artist. Earning this milestone would not be possible without the amazing instruction the Williams provide at the East Portland Community Center. I especially want to thank my wife who supports me every day and my son who trains hard alongside me. "

1st Degree
Miss Itallia Pacentine
"I was born and raised in Southern California. At age 23 I joined a PhD program at OHSU in Portland, 1000 miles away from my hometown. Another student suggested the March Wellness TKD class to me. I had always had an interest in martial arts but no means or time to pursue it, so I saw this conveniently-located class as my opportunity. Iíve been doing TKD for five years now, and will be testing for my black belt and defending my PhD dissertation in the same month. Itís been a fun journey and Iíve met a lot of great people. I hope to continue doing TKD for as long as Iím physically able. I want to thank the Masters Brown for organizing all the Portland schools, my instructors Master and Mister Hawes for their dedication to my progress, Master Secord and Ms. Vo for being inspirational, Christina Zheng for sticking right there with me, and all my other classmates past and present."

1st Degree
Ms. Christina Zheng
"I began practicing Taekwon Do in 2015. I have really enjoyed my experience with Taekwon Do. Taekwondo has helped me to become a stronger person both mentally and physically. I would like to thank Master Hawes, Mr. Hawes, Mrs. Master Brown, Mr. Master Brown and all the other instructors and students for their support throughout the years. I would also like to thank my family for their support through this journey."

Jr. 1st Degree
Mr. Lucas LeGare
"I am 11 years old. I started Tae Kwan Do when I was 6, in 2012. I love Tae Kwan Do because of the thrill and competition of the tournaments. Iím proud that I can call myself a junior black belt. I would like to thank my parents for consistently giving me the opportunity to do this incredible sport."

Junior 1st Degree
Miss Amelie Chureau
"I canít believe Iíve been doing Tae Kwon Do for 5 years. In those five years, I learned that if I kept trying and didnít give up that Iíd become a stronger person and always kept trying. I also learned that if i was courteous to my friends, family, and teachers that I would get courtesy back from them. I thank my mom and dad and family for paying and taking me to classes, and supporting me in general. I also thank the teachers who have been amazing instructors and inspired me to work harder and more passionately: Mrs. and Mr. Master Brown, Mr. and Ms. Garcia, Ms. Budlong, Master Bossen, and Ms. Vo. Those instructors also helped me learn that the five tenets of Tae Kwon Do are not just for Tae Kwon Doóthey are also for school and life."

Jr. 1st Degree
Mr. Kellen Snider
"I was born in Tigard, Or in 2005. I live with my parents, Jason and Jodi, and my sister and brother Ainsley and Bowen. I'm going into 8th grade at Twality Middle School in Tigard. I began Tae Kwon-Do in 2014 with Master Secord at Club Sport Oregon. My journey in Tae Kwon-Do has given me self-discipline, self control, and perseverance. My instructor, Master Secord, has helped me a lot in developing these skills. I would like to thank Master Secord, my parents, and my peer, Alex helping me to achieve my black belt. I am looking forward to learning new forms and participating in future tournaments."

Junior 1st Degree
Mr.Aiden Carter
"Iím 11 years old and I am attending sixth grade at Alice Ott Middle School. I joined Taekwon-do at East Portland Community Center in 2013. I was taking the first kicks at that time with Mrs. Secord and Ms. Holm. I joined TKD because my older brother joined and it also looked like a lot of fun. At first I didnít take it too seriously but when I had to transfer to the larger class with Mr. and Mrs. Master Williams I took it a lot more seriously. I learned a lot from this class especially how to control my anger and how to respect everyone around me."

Jr. 1st Degree
Mr. Rafael Cox
"I am 12 years old and I have been in Taekwondo for almost five years. Taekwondo has been really good for me to learn perseverance and discipline. I started when I was 7 and in First Kicks. It's not always easy. I am on the autism spectrum and I have learning disabilities so Taekwondo was something that I could do and get better at for myself. I want to thank my parents and Masters Brown"

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