We have a very exciting guest judge, Master Paul D’Ambrosio, joining us this weekend, all the way from Laguna Hills, California. Master D is a 6th Degree Master instructor under TKD International, as well as a 4th Degree Master in Olympic Sport Taekwondo. This uniquely qualifies him to teach to a very wide range of students. He is also the owner and primary instructor at Aliso Hills Tae Kwon Do. Master D is also a very charismatic and enthusiastic practitioner – his energy is contagious and we are so thrilled to have him visiting this us weekend.
Master D began his training in the late 1970’s at the age of 15, under fairly hilarious circumstances.He was working for the city department, and had been tasked with painting a fire station stairwell. He heard yelling at the top of the stairwell, and peeked in to discover part of a jujitsu class. He and his coworker ran down the stairs to try out the moves, and then ran back up to try and watch some more. Eventually the teacher caught them and chastised them for interrupting, but also invited them to start a practice. Master D signed up the next week and spent almost 8 years studying Japanese Kenpo Karate and Jiu-Jitsu, eventually earning a 2nd degree black belt.
After graduating college, he moved to New York to pursue a career as an actor. Researching numerous schools in Manhattan, he was studied wherever he could find an instructor that was teaching quality techniques, and ended up taking classes in several styles. Master D eventually moved to California to pursue acting, and it was then that he met Grand Master Tong Suk Chun, and began training in Tae Kwon Do. For years, he trained and practiced, and eventually had the opportunity to train with and learn from Grand Master Suk Jun Kim, a direct disciple of General Choi Hong Hi, Taekwon-do’s founder. With individual guidance and teaching from Master Kim, Master D was able to up his training to an even higher level. Master D opened his own school in 2009 and moved to the current location 6 months ago.
Master D’s favorite aspect of practicing Tae kwon Do is the endless amount of learning involved. Not only does he love learning from very experienced practitioners, but he says that often he learns the most from the yellow belts and the green belts. He also notices that many people have a “good at/not good at” conversation going on in their heads and he thinks that martial arts can help people to move away from such a fixed mindset. He encourages people to focus instead on effort and improvement, and adds that such a mindset has facilitated growth in his life and for his students.
Outside of Tae Kwon Do and acting, Master D enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family. His wife is a 2nd degree and their 14 year old daughter is a 1st degree, so they have the benefit of practicing together. Master D is most looking forward to seeing the Sun Soo students, as he remembers really enjoying all of the his interactions with the people here in his past 2 visits. We are so excited that Master D is taking the time to visit us all the way from California – please welcome him to our studio and thank him for being with us when you meet him.