I started Kuk Sool when I was five years old. My parents had taken me to two or three schools before that, but those schools were all about the money. Even at five years old I remember not feeling fulfilled when I did something like get a stripe or belt in my first class. But then we found KSW O’Fallon. I loved it and about two weeks after I joined, my mother joined. We have done Kuk Sool together for ten years. I must say it has been a great bonding experience with not only my mom, but all of the many friends I have met at Kuk Sool. Throughout my time here I have met most of my closest friends. While I have many from school, I would trust these guys by my side at all times. I meet such a wide variety of people it’s impossible not to make friends at the dojang. For the ten years I have done Kuk Sool I have loved basically all of it.
Kuk Sool definitely shaped me into who I am today. I definitely like how Kuk Sool shaped me in school. We always collect report cards every quarter to see how you are doing. I always had straight A’s. I was more disciplined and had a much better work ethic due to Kuk Sool. My brother, younger by three years, is currently doing excellent in school just like I was in middle school. My mother constantly says I influenced that because of how I always acted. I believe her now after seeing how he acts in school and at home.
Now a sophomore in high school, I started instructing in February 2015. Being at class makes me happy. I look forward to going to Kuk Sool instead of staying home or hanging out with friends. I have always felt like a silent leader. I don’t come outright and tell you what to do, I just say ‘hey, that’s not a good idea.’ I try to influence others in a good way and guide them in a good direction instead of the wrong one. I have never just done what everybody else does. I find my own way, which I think is much more fun and smart than following others. In turn, others follow me. I enjoy helping others and have in school since early middle school. Sometimes kids would come to me before the teacher. I enjoy teaching the 7-