5 things you should know about Taekwondo in Donaldsonville

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Luke Mitchell teaches Taekwondo in Donaldsonville. He is 25 years old and a life long resident of Donaldsonville. He graduated from Ascension Catholic in 2003 and then attended River Parishes Community College, and is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. 

His parents own Shapes gym and health club, which is where he teaches classes.

1. What is it that you do?

I am martial art instructor affiliated with Tiger-Rock Martial Arts International

2. How did you get involved?

I've been participating in Martial arts starting with Taekwondo in December of 1992 with The United States Taekwondo Alliance, which recently became Tiger-Rock Martial Arts.

I trained with an independent school owner for 10 years where I studied taekwondo and Jiu Jitsu. Then in April of 2010 I came back to Tiger-rock Martial Arts International where I hold a 2nd degree Level 4 black belt.

3. Why do you feel taekwondo is important in this community?

It teaches discipline and self-confidence. It also is a fun non-traditional form of physical fitness. It also gives students an activity to participate in which connects them to fellow students while building communication and relationship skills.

4. How many participants do you have?

Right now I have twenty participants.

5. We participated in a tournament on March 19, 2011 in Baton Rouge. The participants were Luke Hernandez and Aaron Landry who competed in the yellow belt division in traditional forms and one-steps. Jay Bolton participated in the white belt division in traditional forms and escapes skills. Grant Blanchard, Jake Sagona, Joshua Carter, Quan-Darrio Toussaint, Ryan Steib, and Garrison Landry participated in the green belt division in traditional forms, sparring, and board breaking. Many of them won medals including multiple first place medals.