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Jung's Tae Kwon Do holds Open House Saturday

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jung's Tae Kwon Do Academy of Cherokee will be hosting an open house this Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1-4 p.m. to celebrate their new,larger location at 105 E. Willow St. Students are excited to have Grand Master Jung, founder of the academy, as their special guest. Photo contributed
Jung's Tae Kwon Do of Cherokee has recently relocated to a new and larger location. The owner, Master Rita Pearson, is hosting an open house this Saturday, January 12, from 1-4 p.m.

The new dojang is now located at 105 E. Willow St., which is the Old Masonic Temple building, west of the Sanford Museum.

Pearson who is a 5th Dan black belt of Jung's Tae Kwon Do Academy is excited to have special guest, Grand Master Woo Jing Jung, founder of the academy, attending the open house. It is a special honor to have Grand Master Jung attend the open house.

Grand Master Jung has devoted his entire life to Tae Kwon Do, and he shares his knowledge with everyone. Absolutely anyone can take Tae Kwon Do, regardless of age, sex, background, and/or disabilities. For those who have taken the journey themselves, Tae Kwon Do is a way of life.

Grandmaster Jung teaches five "tenets," or basic beliefs, that all students learn and observe in their daily life. Each tenet has equal importance. The five tenets are courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.

Unlike the competitive Olympic-style Tae Kwon Do, 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.

The aim of Jung's Tae Kwon Do is to offer a safe, controlled atmosphere that students can come to and practice the rapidly spreading art of Tae Kwon Do.

The public is welcome to stop in and see the new Cherokee location, enjoy some refreshments and register for drawings to be held every half hour. Tae Kwon Do demonstrations will begin at 2 p.m.

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