Guilderland, NY– Tournament season is well under way at GMA. On March 17th, eight students
competed at the New York State Championships at Queens college in New York City. It was an excellent day for all students and all students qualified for the National Championships to be held in July. Students competed in forms (floor exercise) and board breaking. All students challenged themselves physically and mentally, but two students attempted the championship for the first time, Sulaf Khatib and my wife Zeynep Rice; both received multiple medals in their divisions! In fact, Zeynep and I competed in pairs forms as the first adult pairs team from GMA ever. This was amazing for us and our detailcoordinated performance was worthy of a gold medal! We are very excited to attend the National Championships with our son Mete, who is a board breaking enthusiast. We go to the Nationals not because we think we will win, but because we need the goal, need to challenge ourselves and need to be in the game side by side with the best in the country.
Training for and competing in martial arts tournaments takes a lot of practice and improves mental focus and physical ability. Having a competition goal for Taekwondo training helps students push harder and focus on the details of great technique. Training together and competing alongside of your family is something I encourage everyone to do. It is among the most rewarding experiences I have had, and I have been fortunate enough to be doing it for the past 18 years. I cannot thank my family enough for going down this competition path with me, it makes us stronger and gives us focus every day. Even if you are not interested in Taekwondo, find something that challenges you and pursue it with friends or family. If you can prepare for competition together it will give you the focus to improve while having fun!
Master Rice owns Guilderland Martial Arts and holds a 6th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Master Rice is also a Math teacher at Guilderland High School. Guilderland Martial Arts offers classes starting at age 4 as well as an afterschool program and summer camps.
For more information please call (518) 690-1269.