MARCH 31, 1997
Youth earns 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo
On March 29, Ji Won Choi, a student at Richards' Taekwondo in Mountlake Terrace, received his 3rd Degree Black Belt, the highest rank given to anyone under the age of 22, according to Master Brandon Richards of the Korean Martial Arts school.
Ji Won tested for his 3rd Degree on December 21, 1996. He performed 10 memorized patterns called Poomse, broke over 20 boards, and sparred 15 different opponents. After successfully accomplishing this, he was asked Korean terminology, history, and academic questions.
Ji Won began studying martial arts, under his father's direction, who is also a Black Belt in Taekwondo, in Korea when he was 5 years old. Ji Won's family immigrated to the United States in 1993. In addition to his martial arts' accomplishment Ji Won is a straight "A" student and is an accomplished artist and has won awards for his work. Ji Won is a member of Richards' Taekwondo's Leadership Team, a group of young people who are goal-oriented and are working with beginning students.
Ji Won's next goal is to start competing in tournaments, get his 4th Degree, the first level of Master, and ultimately become a lawyer.