By Mike Pierce, yellow belt
My sole purpose for starting at the Colorado Taekwondo Institute at 55 is still now a mystery to me but one of the benefits has been weight loss. Before CTI Taekwondo, cardiovascular exercise only took place when I marched up the stairs and now it comes in the form of jumping jacks; a lot of jumping jacks. The first time the warm ups started I thought that doing over 50 jumping jacks was sadistic but the number reached over 300 and I did not see a defibrillator nearby. After about a month and a half I started to get the hang of it and noticed the benefits of increased stamina and a slimmer waist line. I have now lost a total of 10 lbs. after 3 months of CTI Taekwondo and I am surprised at all the extra weight I had been concealing.
Going to CTI Taekwondo has been educational, humbling and exhausting but the benefits of getting to know some outstanding young and middle aged adults working in a disciplined environment has made the journey rewarding on many different levels.