By Okon Ekpenyong
Sunshine Taekwondo Academy has opened a third location in Ohio, off Dublin Granville Road in Columbus, joining the one in Reynoldsburg, off Brice Road, and the other in Akron, off Brittain Road.
The opening day celebration featured taekwondo techniques demonstrated by students from other locations and their instructors (Masters).
Also, as part of the day’s festivities, there were cultural dances, music, and several speakers, which made the day one to remember. Reynoldsburg’s Councilmember Bhuwan Pyakurel was in attendance.
It is more than just another establishment run by an immigrant, particularly Nepalese-Bhutanese immigrants. It focuses more on discipline, dynamism, mental, physical, social, and emotional development.
And no, Taekwondo is not about mastering the skills to humiliate your opponents; it does, however, teach an individual that even in the face of adversity, you must show respect to your opponent.
Sunshine Taekwondo Academy owner Kaushila Khanal said “it limits the children’s playing time on video games and keeps them engaged positively in the community.”
Boosting self-esteem, dealing with bullying, and identifying levels of bullying are also some of the benefits.
One of the Master instructors says that 80% of former students succeed professionally.
The first two locations average between 20-25 students, including families, Kinder, Youth, and Adult Classes.
Past and current Students at the Reynoldsburg and Akron locations help pave the way for the new site by showcasing a few of their technical skills. Additionally, the academy instructors or Masters demonstrated some of their tricks, such as board breaking, which excitedly made everyone in the audience to jump up and down.
Before taking the classes, several Masters (Trainers) told the New Americans Magazine that some students were less communicative, did not participate in social activities, and did not engage in frequent homework assignments.
However, these days, the students focus more mentally, have a better attitude, and do well academically.
“Happy to see this program coming to Central Ohio region engaging our youths and guiding them towards success,” Councilmember Bhuwan Pyakurel said.
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