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October is Bully Preventon Month so I wanted to briefly share my story about a little Asian boy growing up in Morris County NJ

Posted: October 04, 2017

STOP BULLYING.

I want to take a few minutes out of your busy day to talk about bullying. We all have stories and I want to share mine with all of you. I was the only Asian kid growing-up in a small town in Morris County - Roxbury Township. I attended Jefferson Elementary School. Myself and another student Will - I can’t believe I remember his name after all these years – an African American were the only two students that were minorities in the entire school. I was constantly harassed and bullied during those days. I was overweight and would bring ethnic foods to school for lunch – rice, kimchi, and dried seaweed. Yes, imagine an overweight Asian kid that ate dried seaweed and smelled like kimchi walking to and from school each day was a recipe for bullying. A lot of those that have been bullied display signs of depression, anxiety, and sadness. They are angry, have nightmares and fewer friends, and have poor eating habits. As time goes on there is a drop-in grades, low self-esteem, and feelings of being helpless, and many turn to drugs and alcohol. In extreme cases there are suicidal ideation thoughts. During my time being bullied I learned to adapt and overcome.

 MY FAMILY AND TAE KWON DO HAD BEEN MY SAVING GRACE!


9/11 Forgive but never Forget!

Posted: September 11, 2017

Today marks the 16th anniversary that changed the lives of thousands of families and emotionally impacted the entire country. Thousands of family members and survivors are in NYC at the World Trade Center Memorial today paying their respects by reciting lost loved ones names, sharing and holding pictures, moments of silence and tolling bells. Others grieve differently and visit the memorial once a year as a way of closure and in the hopes of being closer to loved ones who passed. Victims family members also come together once a year to share their stories and help each other grieve and support each other. As we get older I think we can all agree that seeing and feeling our loves ones pass and taken away from us is the hardest thing that a person and family has to go through.

16 long years have passed but the wounds seem like it was just yesterday, people are hoping to take a step back and use this moment of darkness and healing to shed some light on uniting the country that has been torn a part this year. Today whether you were white, yellow, brown or black, it didn't matter. We all came together and put aside our differences on a united front where we shared the memories of our loved ones with smiles, hugs and tears. Today showed us that we do not have to agree on everything but we can still respect, support and love each other.

At Master Parks we would like to take a second and have a moment of silence for all the loved ones we lost on 911 and our hearts go out to all the families that were affected. At our dojos we have parents and training partners that miraculously survived the attack on 911 and continue to fight everyday and keep their heads held high for their families and friends, we know it's hard and appreciate every second.


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