Jarod Doster – An exemplary Black Belt at Asheville Sun Soo

Jarod Doster started his Tae Kwon Do practice at Sun Soo as a way to rekindle his passion for martial arts after a break from practicing for many years. Despite having already received a 1st Degree Black Belt in Karate, he humbly started back at white belt in Tae Kwon Do. His previous practice prepared him well for classes at Sun Soo, and due to his prior experience and his consistent attendance and effort in classes here, he has progressed steadily to his 1st Degree Black Belt in Traditional Tae Kwon Do. More importantly, Jarod’s previous exposure to martial arts and his understanding of the culture of a do-jang has helped him to become an exceptional leader within the Sun Soo community. Jarod’s practice is characterized by patience, attention to detail, and exceptional speed – especially for his incredibly long legs. We all appreciate the overall commitment to health and wellness that Jarod brings to Sun Soo. A professional chiropractor by profession, Jarod’s extensive knowledge of the human body deepens his ability to move well in Tae Kwon Do. He frequently can be seen lending a hand during or after class to anyone with a minor injury who might benefit from the advice of a licensed medical professional. We appreciate all of Jarod’s contributions at Asheville Sun Soo. We are proud to have him among our black belt ranks and look forward to his ongoing progress.


How old are you?

What is your rank?
1st dan

What is your occupation?

Why do you practice?
I practice for my spirit, mind, and body. Having a discipline like this lets me express parts of my being that are strong physically and mentally and this supports me in every other aspect of my life.

How long have you been practicing?
2 years 8 months at Sun Soo, and 4 ½ years in American freestyle Karate.

What do you enjoy most about your practice so far?
All the new friends I have made since starting.
What are some of your other hobbies or interests?
Competitive water and snow skiing

What is something people at Tae Kwon Do probably don’t know about you?
I hold the South Carolina state slalom record in water skiing.

What is your favorite Tae Kwon Do moment?
Earning my 1st degree black belt.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
I have loved every minute of the past “almost” 3 years at Sun Soo. I’m looking forward to the next “almost” 3 years!