Grandmaster Tae E. Lee's program is designed to benefit students of all ages.
… an 88 year old grandmother… has a message for other ladies of her age
Rosa is an 88 year old grandmother, who only began to practice with Grandmaster Lee 23 years ago, on a dare from her son a 1st Degree Black Belt.
“My son and I were fooling around together and he was showing me some of his moves. He found that for an old lady of my age I was very flexible. So, I took up his dare and attended a class. Well, at first I felt like a fish out of water, or the ugly duckling of the class. Someone like me, a white, Italian lady just doesn’t grow up with this type of movement.”
“Eventually Grandmaster Lee saw how flexible I was and took an interest in me. He encouraged me, to push myself to see just what I could do. I learned to kick high enough to reach the chins of the larger guys in the class. And, he even videotaped me, for viewing back in Korea, as I broke boards with my kicks showing that age is no barrier and that what you are able to do (with your body) is up to you.”
Today, Rosa is a Black Belt, something inconceivable years ago after her husband died of cancer.
“I let myself grow old after my husband died. I also had cancer and even if the doctors told I was recovered, my mind wouldn’t let me believe the cancer was gone. I was angry at the disease, at least until I began to study with Grandmaster Lee. Grandmaster Lee gave me the freedom to beat my negative thoughts, to win within myself, mind, body and soul.”
Rosa has a message for other ladies of her age, (or anyone else for that matter), who wonder if Tae E. Lee Taekwondo is for them.
“You are fighting an enemy. You need to eat well to heal your body, you need to get moving, the more exercise and flexibility the better and you need to exercise your mind, memory is what patterns are all about.”
“Tae E. Lee Taekwondo is my second home, I’m totally comfortable here, I love it! Ignore the fact that this type of exercise is not usually associated with a white Italian lady, join me and get moving.”