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Keith Little  in Orlando - Three Dragons Martial Arts Academy

Keith Little

I was born and raised in Aurora, CO. I am a 4th degree black belt which I got with Maum Sin Yong. Maum Sin Yong is a Taekwon-do gym in Aurora, CO started by Dr. Karen Kramer 6th Dan. She started Maum Sin Yong 31 years ago. 
My tale in the martial arts started back 23 years ago. When I was 6 years old a person named Dave moved in next door to me. He had mentioned in passing that he did martial arts and shortly after that we made a deal that if I helped him change his basement into a martial arts gym then he would teach me kung-Fu. Then after about 6 months I started classes in Taekwon-do at the same gym that my brother had be a part of several years before. There for about 9 years I took Taekwon-do classes and kung-Fu lessons. 

As I was going through the ranks in Taekwon-do I didn’t have much setbacks. I advanced through the ranks somewhat easily with one exception. I had to cancel or opt out of my high blue belt testing. It wasn’t for some major reason. It was just that the testing was dropped on me and I already had plans in the form of a family vacation. But I was able to test a few months later with no issue. After a while I was able to test for my black belt. I tested on October 28th, 2000. When I tested for my black belt I was in the 8th grade. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Then I tested for my 2nd Dan black belt on February 28th, 2005. My 3rd Dan test was on December 27th, 2008. Then my 4th Dan test was on August 15th, 2015. 

I started teaching May 2000. I started helping teach the little kids class under the instruction of my first Taekwon-do instructor, Ms. Regina Johnson. Then shortly after I got my black belt Ms. Johnson had to take some time off for family and work issues. So shortly after I started high school I was running a Taekwon-do younger and older class. Over the years I have taught and help teach many classes. The classes include Taekwon-do, self-defense, wheel chair defense, special needs martial arts, some Kung-Fu, and some weapon classes.

I tell my students and their parents the reason why I have the Korean symbols for Maum Sin Yong Taekwon-do tattooed on my left shoulder. That reason is because I know that if I didn’t have Taekwon-do then I would be 6 feet under. What I mean by that is in high school and a couple years afterwards I went through a bad depression. It was so bad that I struggled with suicide but because of the martial arts I was able to find a way through that and better my life. It was a hard part of my life but I know I have moved past it and I’ve learned from it and tell people about it to hopefully help them deal with any issues they might be going through. 

Even though several years ago I was starting to loss my drive in the martial arts but I have had it reignited thanks to another one of our black belt in Maum Sin Yong. If I could help those around me get through some hard time and hopefully inspire them to better themselves like I was inspired. 

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