My name is milous temple, jr. I currently am a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. I have been in training since September of 2000. I am also happy to say that I am 42 years young. I feel great. I have always wanted to get involved with martial arts but I was not able to commit myself. My interest began when I was a young fellow. After watching a few of those thrilling Bruce Lee movies, I wanted to be a kung fu man. That did not happen because I did not have the money.
I started when I was 37. It took me more than 20 years, but I'm here. My short-term goal was to become a Black Belt within 4 years; it took almost six. I had to break away due to a different commitment.
My long-term goal is to become versatile in many arts. I currently am a white belt, studying Shaolin Do Kung Fu under sifu Mark Evins at Twin Tiger Shaolin Club in Maumelle, Arkansas.
My life-time goal is to remain deeply rooted in Martial Arts, continuing along the path toward
BLACK Belt Excellence.
I will not fail because I will continue to do my best, perservere, and most importantly, keep my
hands outreached for BLACK Belt Excellence. I may not complete all the requirements at the time
of testing; however, I will be offered a chance to test during the next belt test. After all, I
am not in Martial Arts to fail, but to succeed. I am looking toward the Instructors for guidance
so that I can succeed no matter what it takes. Four letter words like "can't", "don't" and "won't"
are replaced with "can", "do" and "will". If I do not give up I cannot fail.
Tae Kwon Do's popularity is due in part because it has withstood the tests of time. It is much
more than self-defense skills training. It is a lifestyle of physical and mental training and
challenges that encourage an individual to strive to be the best that he or she can be. The
training is proven in developing an individual's complete being, mental and physical, joined by
an indomitable spirit.
"The life of a human being, perhaps 100 years, can be considered as a day when compared to eternity. Therefore, it is eveident that no one can live more than a limited time. Even though, most people foolishly fixate themselves to materialism as if they could live for thousands of years. Some people strive to hand down a good spiritual legacy for the upcoming generations, this way, they attempt to gain immortality. Miraculously, the spirit is perpetual while material is not. Therefore, what we can do to leave behind something for the welfare of mankind is, perhaps, the most important thing in our lives. For this reason, TaeKwonDo has been left for mankind as a trace of man throughout history. The 24 patterns of TaeKwonDo represent 24 hours, one day, or the life of mankind."
founder of TaeKwonDo: Major General Choi Hong Hi, 9th Dan
I am aware that TaeKwonDo can do a number of things for many people. I am certain that it can
help increase my personal safety and focus. It can help to improve my flexibility, balance,
coordiantion and endurance.
Now that I am studying kung fu, I know my body will go through some changes. My muscles will ache because I will use muscles I have not been using in the past. I will be placing my body in awkward positions because of the versatility of the martial arts style. I believe kung fu ranks among the top styles that totally develops the total mind and body for pure self defense. In making any statement supporting a particular style of martial arts depends on the instructor's training methods and how well the student[s] adapt for success.