(This is a clip out of our local newspaper after our sons, pictured on either end, went to the STATE GAMES. Our youngest received a GOLD and BRONZE medal and our oldest received a SILVER medal. We were very proud to say the least..)

Let me tell you a little about myself and my family.I have been in the Martial Art known as Taekwondo for over three years now and soon will be testing for my Black Belt. I am also a housewife and mother of 2 sons , ages 10 and 13 (by the way, they are also testing for there Black Belt as well).

My husband and I first got into this to help our sons with there training, but I soon found out that I enjoyed what I was learning for reasons all my own. We have enjoyed having a common family interest and the time that we get to spend together, whether it is training in class or for the local and state compitions.

But I think that one of the best things that we have gotten out of these classes is the self-confidence we have gained knowing that we are able to defend ourselves if the situation ever comes up.Now I am not talking about KICKING BUTT, I am talking about defending yourself enough to be able to get away...that is what is important!

You need to understand that I am a very small woman. And like most women, the thought of defending myself made me a little nervious. So getting to the point where I feel that in most situations I can take care of myself was a feeling that I never thought I would have.

I promised myself that when it came time I would pass on what I have learned so that other women can feel a little more safe as well. Well, that time is almost here and I have to say that I am excited! I hope to start a womens self-defense course for women that don't want to spend the years in Martial Arts as I have but want to be able to defend themselves if needed.

Also, I am happy with the morals and values that are taught as well. It strengthens what we are trying to teach at home.

Believe me, if I can do this anyone can, no matter size, age, or gender!