a kick out of Christmas
Tae Kwon Do
collecting toys, food for the needy
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (December 2002) Kentucky Tae Kwon
Do and Fitness Academy Inc. will be Kicking for Christmas
this holiday season.
The academy, located at 6441 W. Hwy. 146 in Crestwood, is accepting
donations of new unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for less
fortunate kids and families in Oldham County. Members and staff of the
academy will team up with the American Red Cross to distribute the items
to those in need.
Sean Ramey, president and master instructor of the academy, said that
the toys for tots and food for families program is one of the ways that
Kentucky Tae Kwon do is working to create champions in life
by showing kids how to give back to the community.
Ramey opened Kentucky Tae Kwon Do in Crestwood four years
ago after cultivating a student base while teaching at a community center
in downtown Louisville and at Power Moves in Prospect, Ky. Ramey said
that he decided to open the academy after he witnessed the difference
the art could make in peoples lives, especially children. A student
of Tae Kwon Do since age 9, Rameys numerous first place medals
and trophies line the walls of the gym as a testament to his personal
According to Ramey, students of Tae Kwon Do focus on self-improvement
in all areas, not just physical acumen.
Its not just about coming in and kicking and punching,
he said. Tae Kwon Do is a 2,000-year-old Korean martial art, said Ramey.
Translated literally, Tae means to kick or strike with the leg or foot;
Kwon means fist or to strike with the hand; and Do means moral culture
or way of life. While Tae Kwon Do is a philosophy of action, the practice
and training of which is for self-defense, students of the art find
that in a deeper sense it is a moral philosophy and code of conduct.
Ramey said that his students are guided by six tenets: courtesy, integrity,
perseverance, self control, indomitable spirit and victory.
Tae Kwon Do is considered one of the fastest growing cultures in America
and is the most popular martial art. Tae Kwon Do debuted as a demonstration
sport in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, and in 2000 gained
full medal status at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Ramey said one major advantage of Tae Kwon Do is that it can benefit
anyone, regardless of their gender, height, weight or physical limitations.
Randy Anderson and his 12-year-old son, Matt, are both students at Kentucky
Tae Kwon Do. Anderson said that the two started taking classes last
summer after Matt was diagnosed with diabetes. Looking for a physical
activity to enhance Matts health, Anderson said that they decided
to try Tae Kwon Do.
It was something we could do together, he said. Anderson
said that he and his son have really enjoyed attending the academy.
Its more than just a place to go to work out, said
Anderson, who also likes the friendly atmosphere and social interaction.
Jessica Smith, a 15-year-old sophomore at Oldham County High School,
also enjoys practicing Tae Kwon Do.
It gives me something that other sports dont, Jessica
explained. Jessica started attending Kentucky Tae Kwon Do three years
ago and said that it has made a big difference in her life. Since starting
Tae Kwon Do, Jessica said that her grades and social skills have greatly
improved. Jessica was one of eight Kentucky Tae Kwon Do students who
competed in the U.S. National Junior Olympics held in Minneapolis last
July. The event is open to ages 17 and under and is considered a stepping
stone to the Olympic Games. Jessica captured a gold medal at the event
and was one of five of the eight students from Kentucky Tae Kwon Do
named among the best in the nation at the competition. All eight students
from Kentucky Tae Kwon Do who competed were honor roll students at school,
Completed just a little over a year ago, the Kentucky Tae Kwon Do facility
includes a large main instruction room, mens and womens
locker rooms and restrooms, an introduction room, a childrens
playroom and an observation deck.
Ramey said that parents are encouraged to stay for childrens lessons,
which can be viewed from the observation deck. The playroom adjacent
to the observation area is set up to occupy younger siblings while parents
observe. New students are given individual instruction in the introduction
room for the first two to four lessons before joining a regular class.
There is also an initial one-month evaluation period to determine if
the program is suitable.
In addition to Tae Kwon Do instruction, Kentucky Tae Kwon Do also offers
fitness kickboxing and womens self defense classes. Monthly dues
include full access to classes, which are held Monday through Saturday
at various times throughout the day, both mornings and evenings. Ramey
said that most students average two to four classes per week but can
attended as many as desired.
For more information on Kentucky Tae Kwon Do, call (502) 241-5910.
For information about pick-up, drop-off or distribution of the toys
for tots and food for families, contact Victor or Debbie Peak at (502)
222-3966. Donations will also be accepted at the academy.
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