Upcoming Dates: Saturday May 22nd, Instructor meeting (breakfast provided) Saturday May 22nd, 10 - 11 am Community FREE self-defense class Saturday May 22nd, 1 pm Color Belt Test Saturday May 29th, New Mexico Tournament Saturday June 12th, 1 - 3 pm ITF America Workshop online via Zoom for all PMA plaque holders and instructors Saturday June 19th, Instructor meeting (breakfast provided) Saturday June 19th, 9 AM-Noon Open Floor Wednesday June 23rd, Zumba Dance Party benefiting Heroes Foundation, Patriotic themed 7 pm Saturday June 26th, Lone Star Invitational Tournament at PMA Monday June 28th - Sunday July 4th, Closed for the week Saturday July 10, Instructor meeting (breakfast provided) Saturday July 10, 9 am - Noon Open Floor Saturday July 10, 1-3 pm ITF America Workshop online via Zoom for all PMA plaque holders and instructors Friday July 16th-Sunday July 18th, Patterns Workshop with Master Nunez (more information to follow) Saturday July 17th, Black Belt Test Sunday July 18th, Blood Drive at PMA 10 am - 4 pm Saturday August 7, Instructor Meeting (breakfast provided) Saturday August 7, Open Floor 9 am - Noon Saturday August 7, Color Belt Test 1 pm Saturday August 14, ITF TKD nonprofit garage sale Saturday August 14, ITF America training 1 - 3 pm Saturday August 21, Eagle TKD tournament

Maximillian Donahue - Essay Contest Winner ages 13-17

Here is the Essay Contest Winner for our 13-17 year old category! Congratulations Mr. Maximillian Donahue!!
Maximilian Donahue
TaeKwonDo: My thoughts.
Why is TaeKwonDo important to me? The answer is simple. I like it. It would be nice to have an inspiring story, but I do not. I joined because my sibling convinced me it would be fun. I was not bullied or in fear of my life. I have spent five years doing it, and now I’m now about to get my black belt. It has been a fun journey. Just as my sibling promised. The question is then, why do I like TaeKwonDo? The answer is TaeKwonDo is an enjoyable workout. It helps with stress management. Doing some of my patterns when I am stressed allows me to take my mind off of a subject, and then refocus with more vigor. It also helps me improve physically. When doing bag work, I can throw kicks, which compared to what I could do five years ago, are quite impressive. Things I never thought I could do, I can now do. It is a light to medium contact martial art that I can do for the rest of my life. It won’t guarantee that I will survive a street situation, but it can increase the likelihood of me surviving one.
On that note, TaeKwonDo, like every other martial art, cannot fully prepare you for a street fight. However, TaeKwonDo can help. It has an emphasis on kicks, which strengthen the legs. Having stronger legs allows you to run faster, which means that you can get away from a dangerous situation quicker.
There is one final reason that I want to share: the ranking system that TaeKwonDo has. This system allows me to set achievable goals that I can and will achieve. This helps with self esteem. Knowing that I am on a journey, and that I will not be stopping until I have reached my goals helps build self confidence.
So, to summarize why TaeKwonDo is important to me. One, I like it, it has been a fun journey. Two, It is a martial art that helps me get a good workout in. Three, it can help me get away from a street fight. Four, It helps with self-confidence. So there you have it. My reasons for doing TaeKwonDo.

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