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




4th Degree
Mr.Pedro Toledo
"I was born in the Philippines and immigrated to USA in 1992. I have one daughter and she graduated at the UO with honor. I was a member of Oregon State Defense Force, and been working at US Bankcorp for 20 years. My martial art journey started in 2001. During this journey, I realized that self-defense is for overt and covert opponents, must have a positive attitude and a good fighting skill. Tae Kwon Do is an art of life and the five tenets and its philosophy are the epitomes of my journey. This journey would not have been possible without the guidance of Master Brown. I am grateful for your unselfish drive and leadership that helps me improve my perspective in life. You are an extraordinary Instructor and mentor. Thank you to my fellow Tae Kwon Doist for your support. Most of all, Thank you to my lovely wife and daughter for their unwavering love and support to my endeavor. "




3rd Degree
Mr. Jacob Balderas
"I began training Taekwon-Do in 2000. Along the way there have been many life challenges in addition to those specific to Taekwon-Do. Training has allowed me to push through difficult times, stay focused on my responsibilities to my family, and to develop a strong connection between mind and body. This would not have been possible without the support and dedication to the art of Taekwon-Do of students and teachers alike. I am grateful for their help and friendship. I would also like to thank my family for supporting and practicing with me throughout the years. I am fortunate to be able to share in the benefits of Taekwon-Do with them. "


2nd Degree
Mr. Nic Pifer
"I am nineteen, and have been doing Taekwon-Do for six years. I have been home schooled all my life, but have taken a few classes at Centennial High School such as band and weightlifting. I currently have a part time job at the Portland Airport working for UPS, but plan to join the U.S. Marines. I am thankful for all I have learned from Taekwon-Do and from my instructors. I know that I will use the tools they have given me for the rest of my life. Thank you Masters Williams, Mr. Bossen, Mr. Otis, Mr. Good, Mr. and Mrs. Secord, and Mrs. Coombs. "


Jr. 2nd Degree
Mr. Jackson Oxley
"In 2010 when I was 5, I started Taekwon-do at the Southwest Community Center in the First Kicks class. After a few months, I realized I liked it a lot, so my parents began taking me to the Sellwood studio. Now Iím 13 and helping teach the First Kicks class in Sellwood while taking classes of my own. Taekwon-do has been a big part of my life. It has helped me with discipline, respect, physical fitness, and much more. I also owe much of my success in school to the discipline I have learned from Taekwon-do. I would like to thank Masters Brown and all the other instructors and students that have helped me along the way. Also, my parents who have stuck with me through all the years and taken me to all my classes. Thank you! "


Jr. 2nd Degree
Miss Alina Mello
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1st Degree
Mr. Desmond (Desi) Pearlz
"I came to Tae Kwon Do because I wanted to get more physical activity and I wanted to be more involved in the community. I have gotten more disciplined. I understand how to take feedback better. I try to incorporate the tenets into my life as best I can. I'm thankful for my parents for being motivational and paying the bills. I am grateful to Mr. Garcia for helping me get through classes I didn't want to get through, and for correcting my forms. I also want to thank Master Brown for being there to support me and help me pass all of my tests, give me advice that I needed, and make Tae Kwon Do a place I feel safe and supported. "


Junior 1st Degree
Mr. Joseph Greyson
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1st Degree
Mr. Callum Harrison
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Junior 1st Degree
Mr. Bennet Thomason
"I am a sixth grader at Mount Tabor middle school. I have been doing Taekwondo for 6 years, and it has been really fun. I have a brother, and he has supported me the whole the whole time from when I went to my first class, to when I went for my black belt. I would love to thank my parents also. They bring me to class, pick me up from it, pay for my promotions, and care for me. This was an amazing experience. "



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