Carlos and Debbie Rodriguez have been training under Grandmaster Kwon for over 20 years. During those years, they both have traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. As members of the USA Team under Grandmaster Kwon’s Federation, both have been undefeated. In addition, Carlos has been the Florida State Champion in Sparring.
In 1991, Debbie and her mother (Pat) were the first women in Kwon’s Federation to open a TaeKwon-Do school in the U.S. (Davie, Florida). Carlos has been teaching TaeKwon-Do for the past twelve years in Kwon’s Federation.
Carlos & Debbie were married in 1999 and have continued their commitment to TaeKwon-Do through training and teaching for Physical, Mental & Spiritual aspects of life. In addition to their TaeKwon-Do teaching, Carlos and Debbie have four children.
In 2006, Kwon, Jae-Hwa TaeKwon-Do Center of Sunrise was opened. Carlos & Debbie are the owners/instructors of the Sunrise Center and together work as a team to build Kwon’s Federation throughout Florida.
Tae Kwon Do, Taekwondo or Taekwon-Do is the Korean national sport and most commonly practiced form of mudo. It is also one of the world’s most commonly practiced sports. In the Korean language, Tae means “to kick or destroy with the foot”, kwon means “punch or smash with the hand or fist”, and Do means “way or art”. Hence, Taekwon-Do is taken to mean “The art of hand and foot”. TaeKwon-Do is not a competitive sport, but rather is an art, which ultimately becomes a way of life for its practitioners.
Adults and children, young and old, both can benefit from TaeKwon-Do. TaeKwon-Do trains the mind and body as well as builds up your physical fitness. There are many benefits of Taekwon-Do which include stress reduction, self-confidence, promotes respect, enhances your coordination, power, speed, flexibility and endurance.
Students are ultimately taught that strength is in being able to resolve conflict without violence. It takes more internal strength to walk away thus TaeKwon-Do does not make students violent. The exercises in TaeKwon-Do release energy in students in a positive manner. Students learn discipline and are required to follow the protocols of courtesy and the rules of conduct in the school. Students learn to respect and define the Tenets of TaeKwon-Do: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit.
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How do you choose an Instructor?
There are no international standards in martial arts. The best way to learn about the quality of a teacher is to observe the quality of the students he is developing, to examine his teaching credentials, and to watch the way he teaches. There is no way to tell about the quality of a teacher based upon his/her rank alone.
Each school under Grandmaster Kwon’s federation is individually owned and operated, which ensures the instructor is personally committed to teaching the art of TaeKwon-Do. Grandmaster Kwon oversees the schools in his federation for quality and tradition, the schools are not franchised.