A sign hanging in the International Tae Kwon Do Karate Academy in Eldersburg urges students to be humble, gentle, strong, honest, loyal and courteous. To always stand for justice and to respect and help one another.
These attributes conflicted with my idea of tae kwon do and karate.
But Master Bun Huor, owner and chief instructor at the academy, says there's no conflict.
He noted the benefits of tae kwon do and karate. Besides teaching the skills of unarmed combat, he says, they provide physical conditioning while improving balance, flexibility, timing, general muscle tone and joint strength.
Perhaps the most valuable lesson learned is the self-confidence gained with the physical and mental discipline, he says.
This week that self-confidence can be expected to play a large part in the success of a talented group of area young people.
Today, seven students, their chaperons and Master Bun will fly to Chicago for the 14th U.S. Junior Olympic Championships.
There, about 5,000 competitors from all over the United States will gather in the Rosemont Horizon Stadium to compete in weight classes in both the forms competition and in sparring.
Representing Carroll County and Maryland in the competition are Justin Ahmanson, Jamie Ball, Glenn Gordon, Billy Metcalf, Zach Reeser, Dale Turek and Chris Walsh.
These youngsters range in age from 8 to 14 and have studied martial arts anywhere from 3 1/2 to eight years.
As martial arts are studied, students progress through a ranking system of colored belts. Beginners have no belt but are able to work their way from a white belt to the highest award, a black belt.
Glenn Gordon has attained the black belt level. Justin Ahmanson, Jamie Ball (the only female on the team), Billy Metcalf and Dale Turek are all brown senior belts, while Zach Reeser and Chris Walsh are brown belts.
Students at the brown senior level will have the opportunity to test for the prized black belt this summer.
In addition to perfecting their tae kwon do and karate techniques, the students and Master Bun have worked hard on the practical side of their trip: raising the necessary funds.
Students and parents helped with bake sales, carwashes and local skills demonstrations to make this trip possible. Master Bun says he is grateful for their support.
The top three competitors in each weight class will have the chance to advance to the AAU Junior Olympic Games later this month.
The hard-working folks at Finch Services -- Eldersburg Inc. are recipients of the 1993 Honda Dealer of Excellence Award.
Dave Hyman, district sales manager for American Honda Motor Co., recently presented the award to Dann Finch and his employees.
The award acknowledges excellence in a variety of categories, including overall business growth, quality of the facility and superior customer service.
Summer is a special time for many reasons. But it's also a time of particular danger for children. Are you prepared if a child needs cardiopulmonary resuscitation?
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Eldersburg is offering an infant/toddler CPR course from 8 a.m. until noon July 30.
The Saturday course satisfies the requirements for day care licensing, and no written test is given.
The fee is $15 for members of Holy Spirit and $18 for nonmembers.
In addition to the course fee, Holy Spirit is requesting that each participant donate juice boxes to the church's bag meal program, which feeds 300 of Baltimore's homeless.
You may register for the course by sending a check payable to Holy Spirit Lutheran Church to the church office, 2205 Old Liberty Road.
The many hours of student service required for graduation from Carroll County public schools often looms large in a young person's life. Why not take advantage of some spare time this summer to earn some of those hours?
An opportunity exists for a piano player to earn credit hours while entertaining at Eldersburg Care.
This facility, in the Country Village Center at 1912 Liberty Road, recently had the good fortune to obtain a piano. Now someone is needed to play it.
Call 795-4686 for more information or to volunteer.