Exercising the Mind and Body
Tae Kwon Do names Taylor
operates Tae Kwon Do
schools in Madison, Osgood
Lela Jane Bradshaw
(January 2012) For almost 30 years, Master
Jerry Taylor has been helping his students achieve both physical and
mental improvement through the art of Tae Kwon Do. Beginning in 1982
with 13 students, his classes have grown to nearly 100 active students
between his Osgood, Ind., and Madison, Ind., academies.
To Konnie McCollum, a Second Degree black belt, such growth comes as
no surprise. She began taking her children to the Osgood academy about
eight years ago, and when the Madison branch opened in 2007, she decided
to take part as well.
The rest is history! she says, laughing.
Together with her four children, she has found her studies with Taylor
remarkably rewarding. She describes him as phenomenal
hes very good with kids and an all around
World Tae Kwon Do Federation Master
Jerry Taylor has been providing instruction
to students for
nearly 30 years.
For those considering trying out Tae Kwon Do, she says
that Taylor is the only person I would recommend to start with.
Tae Kwon Do is a discipline that attracts a wide range of people who
in turn have a variety of motivations for choosing to pursue this particular
A lot of people come in here for a lot of different reasons,
He himself came to the sport in 1979 studying under Grand Master Ko
in Columbus, Ind., and currently holds a Seventh Degree Black Belt.
For Taylor, his interest in martial arts was sparked by the fact that
hegot picked on and beat up a lot growing up and was looking
to learn a form of self-defense. Yet beyond mere physical training,
Tae Kwon Do offers participants mental challenges and greater self-confidence.
If youve got to exercise, you might as well learn something,
Taylor was recently named a Commissioner by the USA Tae Kwon Do Martial
Arts Commission. He sought the position after speaking with a Grand
Master in Chicago who pointed out that at the time that there were no
commissioners in Indiana. He encouraged Taylor to apply.
This position recognizes both Taylors past dedication to the sport
as well as his future commitment to nurturing future athletes. The USAT-MAC
describes the requirements for commissioners stating that an applicant
must be at least 30 years old, an officially recognized and inducted
Tae Kwon Do practitioner by the USAT-MAC, and who has achieved
the rank of Fourth Dan (Fourth Degree Black Belt) by studying at a recognized
school, under a recognized instructor as a member of an organization
that is regarded as reputable by the USAT-MAC.
The commission states that, It is expected that a commissioner
will contribute the same skill set and passion to the MAC that has brought
him or her from White Belt to high Dan Rank and to success in the Martial
As a commissioner, the USAT will look to Taylor for support of major
events and recruitment of future Tae Kwon Do experts.
McCollum finds one of Taylors strengths to be his ability to work
with people at many different levels of experience, from beginners to
those holding black belt rankings. Hes so patient. He works
extra hard with people who need extra help, she says. With those
who have experience, McCollum notes that he is extremely challenging
and he will work you.
McCollum believes Tae Kwon Do is an excellent for those who are looking
to start becoming physically active and also those who already have
a high level of fitness. She appreciates the combination of physical
and mental exercise and highlights not only flexibility and balance
as rewards of practice, but also improved memory.
Taylor agrees that the mental discipline required can provide huge rewards
for his students. He explains that parents like to bring kids
in it helps with attention.
Taylors commitment to the sport is shown not only in his teaching
but also by the ways he shares his sport with the community through
competitions and demonstrations. His academy has held three tournaments
in Madison so far with the most recent this past September. It welcomed
participants from 14 other schools.
At this years Jefferson County 4-H Fair, students and instructors
shared their talents with brick breaking and sparing demonstrations.
Taylors work as an ambassador and educator for his sport is certain
to ensure that interest in Tae Kwon Do will only continue to grow in
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