Jake and Jaemin Goh have earned first degree black belts in Taekwon Do at the Buie SuperKicks Karate dojo.
They are the first students from Buie SuperKicks to earn the coveted black belt honor.
Almost mirror images Jake, age 12, and Jaemin, age 11, are not twins but will always be identifiable as brothers.
“They look a lot alike, but they have definite differing personalities,” Wade Buie, SuperKicks owner and instructor, said.
“Jake is the older one and he is very serious about martial arts. More so, than his brother. Both work very hard, but Jake is so intense,” Buie said.
“Whatever Jake does it is 110 percent,” Buie added. “But, he has a lighter side as well. He has the ability to lay down and laugh at something he thinks is funny.”
“Jaemin is not as intense, but he works very hard. He is always smiling. He has that ‘not so stressed’ look on his face all the time. He really gives a lot of effort,” Buie said.
The boys are both enrolled in the Midlothian school system with Jake entering the seventh grade at Walnut Grove Middle School and Jaemin going into the sixth grade at T. E. Baxter elementary school.
Both are ‘A’ students and are well rounded taking piano and tennis lessons in addition to martial art training.
“I am very proud of them for perservering and working hard to earn their black belts,” Buie stated. “And they are not through. They will continue to study and advance.”
Both boys have been studying martial arts for more than four years. They began their training at The American Karate Academy in Cedar Hill where Jim Choate is the sensei.
Since August of 2004 the pair has studied at Buie SuperKicks to earn their advancement.
Sons of Yeong of Eunju Goh, the boys are typical all american boys.
“We are very proud of their accomplishment. They have studied martial arts for more than four years,” Eunju, the boy’s mother, said.
“They didn’t give up. There were times that they did not want to go, but they always do. They have learned patience,” she added.
“Both are very active. After karate on Saturday they go to piano lessons. This summer they are taking tennis lessons as well,” the mother stated. “They are very good boys.”
Taekwondo developed over 1,000 years ago and has become internationally popular. Not only a sport, taekwondo is also a way of life for its enthusiasts.
While famous for its wide range of kicks,Taekwondo also emphasized breaking power using only the bare hands and feet. Training involves a variety of techniques including punching, kicking, dodging, jumping, parrying and blocking. It also focuses on sparring and learning formal patterns of movement called forms.
In an earlier interview Mr. Buie explained the belt level advancements.
The beginner starts at the white or pure level and it takes at least 16 classes minimum or two months to test for advancement to the gold level. To promote to orange the student must attend a minimum of 40 classes, approximately five months of training.
The intermediate ranks consist of green, 64 class minimum, blue, 88 class minimum and purple, 112 class minimum.
Upon reaching the advanced ranks the student must work through the red belt - 136 classes minimum, brown belt candidate - 160 classes minimum, black belt candidate - 256 classes minimum and 1st degree black belt - 320 classes minimum. A minimum of 40 months of work is required before a candidate may test for a black belt.
Sensei Buie himself was recently promoted to Third Degree Black Belt and has reached a level of study where he must utilize books and film as well as train in order to continue advancement.
“For me it is all about helping others, to assist the parents and schools to help bring up kids right.”
Jim is the assistant sports editor at the Waxahachie Daily Light and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.