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SEPTEMBER 2017 Black Belt Achievers!
All the hard work has paid off, Congratulations! We are very proud of you.




4th Degree
Mr. Jose Ayala
"I started with Kimís TaeKwon-Do in the early 1980ís receiving my 3rd Dan Black Belt in 1991. I was away from formal classes for many years. About 6 years ago I decided to continue my training and selected Master Cynthia Brownís Sellwood School. It was a wise decision. Under the training of Masters Cynthia and Aaron Brown I have been given this opportunity to advance to 4th Degree Black Belt. What drew me back to Kimís TaeKwon-Do was Grandmaster Kimís ingrained teaching of the tenants of TaeKwon-Do which have always sustained me over the years even in times of adversity. Our philosophy of Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control and Indomitable Spirit are truly great ideals to strive for in our daily ives. I truly believe in these core principles and I am proud to be a part of this great school and Martial Art. "


3rd Degree
Mr. Matt Pillsbury
" I attended my first Taekwon-Do class as a freshman in college, 27 years ago. About nine years ago, I started training with Mr. and Mrs. Master Brown at the Southwest Community Center. Recently, Iíve been trying to focus on helping the other students at that school, and I was extremely honored to receive my Assistant Instructor patch this year. Iím very grateful to both Masters Brown for helping me train and always being positive and encouraging. I also really appreciate all the other students that have helped motivate and support me. I learn an incredible amount every time I come to class, whether Iím being trained or Iím the one thatís doing the training. Iím also very grateful and fortunate for the support of my wife Amanda and daughter Madeline. Theyíve been nothing but patient and encouraging as I get ready to test. Madeline is currently a brown stripe and itís been amazing to watch her own Taekwon-Do journey and the friends sheís made along the way. Itís a great reminder of how Kimís Taekwon-Do is truly a family."




2nd Degree
Mrs Laurel Coombs
"I started Taekwon-do in 2013 when my daughter decided she wanted to try it. As I was taking her to the class anyway, I decided to join in rather than sit and watch. Iím so glad I did! I love learning and teaching both now, as I assist with the Little Kicks class. I would like to thank my amazing family for their support, encouragement, and patience; and all of the instructors and fellow students who have helped me reach this point. In particular Mr. and Mrs. Master Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Master Brown, Mr. Otis, Mr. Good, and Master Bossen, who have helped me reach higher and do more than I ever thought possible. overÖ"


1st Degree
Mr. David Neufeld
"I joined Kimís TKD four years ago in large part to do something special with my daughter. Since then, I have really enjoyed the seriously cool workouts and the sense of reward and achievement that comes with belt promotions. Iíd like to thank all the Black Belts that have helped me along the way and my fellow colored belts in the SWCC program. I look forward to spending more time with all of you and enjoying the benefits and comradery of Master Brownís TKD family. Thank you for your inspiration and for all that youíve done to make this the special part of life that it is."




1st Degree
Ms. Lynn Hastings
"I began practicing Taekwon-Do four years ago at the Sellwood studio. I have worked hard and am very excited to reach the goal of achieving my black belt. I have deep gratitude and appreciation for all who have helped me overcome obstacles, pushed me to work harder, helped me with my form and encouraged me along the way. I would like to thank the Master's Brown for their inspirational leadership and always setting an impeccable example. Thank you to my family for your love and support, Mrs. Ozgood, Ms. Vo, Mr. Knife, Mr. Rohde, Mr. Balderas, Keller Whelan, and all who inspire me to keep working toward advancement in rank, fitness, and personal growth. I am looking forward to a long journey practicing Taekwon-Do. It feels like just the beginning...."


Junior1st Degree
Mr. Nick Slugg
"My name is Nicholas Slugg and I have been doing Taekwon-do since the fourth grade. Taekwon-do has taught me many things. Perseverance to keep reaching a goal and to be patient while doing so. Courtesy towards others. To do what is right and to be motivated to do it. I have worked for a long amount of time to reach this goal. I am excited to be going on to the next phase of Taekwon-do. I would like to thank Mrs. and Mr. Master Brown, as well as Mr. Rhode, my mom, and dad, as well as all of the other teachers and students who have helped me along the way. "




Junior 1st Degree
Miss Julia Weirnick
"I started TaeKwon-Do when I was only 9 years old. Now Iím almost 14! I am going into 8th grade at Jackson Middle School and love doing choir and band there. I also have been learning to use my self discipline from TaeKwon-Do and apply it to schoolwork. Iíd like to thank my instructors, Masters Brown, for teaching me not only TaeKwon-Do, but life rules to live by as well. Iíd also like to thank my family for being so supportive, and my mom for doing TaeKwon-Do with me and taking me to every class. Thank you! "




Junior 1st Degree
Miss Abbey Olson
ďI am a 6th grader at Sellwood Middle School and I am 11 years old. I started Taekwon-Do when I was 6, and have been practicing the martial art of Taekwon-Do for 5 years. I am very excited to be earning my 1st degree black belt. I want to thank Master Brown and Mr. Master Brown along with all of the other instructors that helped me get to this level. I would also like to thank my mom and dad for encouraging me to keep going and succeed in achieving my goals.Ē



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