July marks my 9th year of being involved with the ATA, and my 8th year as an Instructor. I began assisting in classes when I was a Purple Belt. I knew right away it was something I loved doing. As much fun as it was to attend my regular classes throughout the week, I looked forward to my Leadership classes to learn more about becoming an Instructor and how to be more involved with my Black Belt Academy. For the next few years, I taught when my instructors asked for my assistance and did what I could to improve the studio. After I tested for my 2nd Degree Black Belt in April of 2008, I was offered a paid teaching position. I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to start my new responsibilites. This was my first job (and I’ve been on staff ever since).
I have learned a lot about respect and patience as a Head Instructor. I have grown and matured greatly through watching my students reach their goals and succeed in ways they didn’t think were possible. For me, Taekwondo is about so much more than kicking and punching; it’s about teaching my students and being a good influence in their lives. I am thankful for all of the teaching opportunities, great memories, and people I have met on my Taekwondo Journey.
-Mr. Colin Fry