My son is a Black Belt candidate. We enrolled our son at ATA Princess Anne two years ago. He was a shy, strong willed and also a very unconfident child. He also had problems with self control and self discipline. After observing his first class with the instructor, I knew he could benefit from the program. The question was would he commit to it himself? We asked him to set himself a goal, it was to make purple belt in one year. that would prove to us and himself his commitment. We have now surpassed that goal and my son is very proud to be considered a Black Belt candidate. His involvement with taekwondo has helped bring so many wonderful opportunities and has helped our son evolve into such a different child. He is much more self controlled and has so much more confidence in himself. He ran for student council this past June at his elementary school and gave his speech in front of the whole student body. This was amazing to see in itself, but the really important part came when he lost. His 4th grade teacher pulled me aside to tell me how proud she was of our son. Not only because he ran for the office, but for the exemplary behavior after the results were announced to the school. She said that he got up and shook the winner’s hand, a classmate, and then gave him a “big bear hug” and congratulated him. His teacher said that was the best display of good sportsmanship and self control she had ever seen. Our son has never been very interested in sports or being a team player he always lacked the confidence and self discipline. However this year he joined a tackle football team and his team worked their way to the Virginia beach City playoffs. He was a new and very inexperienced player but the coach asked if he would please come back and play with him next year. That he was a great team player and an asset to the team. Our son continues to astound us by getting involved in more activities. He was chosen for a lead role in his school drama club play, he is trying out for All-City chorus, and was handpicked to be a Safely patrol leader. He has been a Cub Scout for 6 years and will bridge this year to Boy Scouts. He is a straight A student and attends the Gifted School for Visual Arts. As his mom, I feel that Taekwondo has contributed in making all of these accomplishments and so many more possible. He has developed into a more confident, self controlled, respectful, and mature child. I am so proud of his commitment and him reaching his goal of Black Belt. I know he will wear this rank with pride!