Han Bros TaeKwonDo Opening Delights Crowd

On Saturday, Han Brothers TaeKwonDo invited Glendora Chamber of Commerce, including Councilwoman Karen Davis to a belt ceremony and demo performance. World Council Taekwondo Grand Masters Chang Ik Choi and 8th Degree Black belt artist Chul Jin Kim from the film Best of the Best were also present. Glendora Police Sergeant James De Mond was also in attendance. A Presidential Physical Fitness Award from the White House was pre-sented to Han Bros TaeKwonDo. “The best part of this event was watching the children who worked very hard for two to four month. I was impressed with their skill and physical fit- ness at such a young age. It was a pleasure being here,” said DeMond. The students performed 11 acts that displayed their skills, from kicking and punching in tandem with each other, which focuses on a team spirit to breaking boards and poomsae. Poomsae is the Korean equiva- lent to poise, a mental strength derived from inner peace and Master Steve Han performs a Spinning Tornado Kick during their Grand Opening demonstration. Han Bros TaeKwonDo Opening Delights Crowd exhibited in a systematic form of punching and kicking. “I was very impressed. There was this one little girl Julia who was really impressive. Her parents must be very proud of her,” said Geoff Noval, Ambas- sador for the Glendora Cham-ber of Commerce.

The highlight of the event was when headmaster of Han Bros TaeKwonDo, Steve Han, broke five concrete slabs with his stunning side-kick. How is Han Brothers TaeKwonDo different from other martial arts programs? “We’re young and hip and bi- lingual. Most of the Korean masters are Korean gentlemen who don’t speak English. We try to understand both sides and my older brother has a knack for instructing kids. Discipline is a key element in any traditional Korean household, so some par- ents appreciate our style of dis-cipline,” said Jason Han. Jason Han, a graduate of CSU Long Beach, remembers when he got a phone call from his older brother who wanted to set up a TaeKwonDo school in Southern California together. “We’re best friends. When I moved out from Colorado, I came back to California know- ing we needed a good name. Everything was taken. But in Korea, we were known as the Han brothers and in the whole U.S. there’s no Han Bros TaeKwonDo.” The business opened in late October of 2010 with one stu- dent, and has steadily pro gressed with at least 50 stu- dents ranging from age four to 40 from within Glendora and neighboring cities. “I think it’s wonderful to see a business such as this coming to Glendora and the large participation they have.

It looks like it’s going to be a very successful business and that’s what you want. In an economy like this and even in bad eco-nomic times, you can still open up a business and be success- ful, ” said Bill Ruh, governor affairs director for the citrus board of realtors who was also in attendance. The Han brothers grew up in Korea and were enrolled in Taekwondo by their father who wanted strict teachers unafraid to use punishment. In 1988, the Olympics hosted by Seoul, Ko- rea introduced TaeKwonDo to an international audience. The brothers were excited at the possibility of one day being in the Olympics.

That dream was put on hold, however, when the family moved to the U.S. They moved to Colorado, where they enjoyed snowboarding among other sports. “You know some parents force kids to after-school pro- grams, but we wanted to do TaeKwonDo. And we were bummed out when it was taken away from us and we’d have to stop before our 3rd degree black belts,” said Jason. The brothers emphasize mu- tual respect and discipline, rather than overt fighting. TaeKwonDo also is about fol- lowing rules with a focus on survival and self-defense. For more information, visit their dojang, or gymnasisum on 1331 S. Lone Hill Ave in the Glendora Marketplace. Ask to speak to either Jason or Steve Han at (909) 599-6280

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