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Some lessons last a lifetime

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Jung's Tae Kwon Do Academy of Cherokee teaches the five "tenets" of Tae Kwon Do. The Academy recently moved to the Kountry Klass Mall on Cherokee's West Cedar Street where students of the art have their own space to learn and observe. Photo by Mike Leckband
For the past six year's Rita Pearson has held the Jung's Tae Kwon Do Academy of Cherokee at the Cherokee Wellness Center. Last month the academy made a transition to a new home in room 102 at the Kountry Klass Mall, located at 515 W. Cedar St. in Cherokee.

Pearson's academy follows the path laid down by Grandmaster Jung. Jung teaches five "tenets," or basic beliefs, that all students learn and observe in their daily life. Each of them has equal importance. The five tenets are,courtesy,integrity, perseverance,self-control and an indomitable spirit.

Unlike the competitive Olympic-style Tae Kwon Do that is shown on TV, Jung's style has evolved from the traditional style taught in Korea, to a style now known as "family style," which not only emphasizes the techniques as the traditional style, but also adds other teaching elements to boost the students' confidence, coordination, weight control, and to give them an opportunity to make friends with other students from all around the United States. Pearson teaches both Olympic and Family Style.

The aim of the academy is to offer a safe, controlled atmosphere that students can come to and practice the rapidly spreading art of Tae Kwon Do. "We teach self-esteem and focus and not how many belts someone can get," said Pearson.

Pearson first got involved with Tae Kwon Do when her oldest son was young. She was looking for something to help build his self-confidence. She witnessed a positive change in her son's confidence after he began taking classes in Tae Kwan Do.

She then started working with her younger son and both got involved in classes in Ida Grove. Sometime later her instructor's parents became ill and Pearson got more involved in teaching and later had the opportunity to start her own academy.

Pearson graduated in 1981 from WHS and lives north of Aurelia along with her husband Karl. She works full-time at Pioneer Hi-Bred near Aurelia.

Her academy has grown to include 18 students at all different levels. The students learn at their own pace and can test for advancement every two months. Another essential part Pearson's teaching is the several public demonstrations that the academy presents every year.

Last year Pearson and her students gave demonstration of the Art of Tae Kwan Do at such events as the Aurelia Homecoming parade, Sutherland Labor Day parade and celebration and Relay of Life at Spring Lake Park.

Tuition is $30 per month of the first family member and $15 per month for each additional family member a maximum of $60 per month per family. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. plus on Saturday form 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

For more information contact Rita Pearson at 712-434-5481 or rjpkjp@newulmtel.net.

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