Friday, June 16, 2017
Mosaic in Delaware

As I walked into Roland’s home, the first thing I noticed were all of his belts from martial arts hanging on the walls. The collection was impressive. I learned that it was formed over the course of many years of dedicated training. Roland shared with me that it all started years ago when Roland would ride on the bus past martial arts classes and watch the people practicing their craft. Roland was fascinated as he rode by each day and watched. Roland decided one day that he no longer just wanted to watch, he wanted to participate.

Roland started with a Kung Fu class and than successfully made his way through Chinese kickboxing until he found the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do.

On March 25, 2017, Roland attended his first competition in the art of Tang Soo Do. The events at his competition included sparring, breaking boards, forms, and weapons forms. He participated in the sparring and form events. Naturally, for someone competing for the first time, he was nervous. But, this did not stop him from having a fun time and learning a great deal from the experience. Roland said that this made him excited to be able to compete in more competitions in the future.

Roland’s instructor, Mr. Holt, said, "In our studio we ask our students the following question: 'what's your goal?' They reply 'black belt excellence sir,' and in turn we ask, 'What's your quest?' They reply 'Be our best.' Roland far exceeds these goals and quests within our studio, often setting his higher then we can ever ask for, while always providing a positive example not only for other students but for parents, future students and instructors, by dedicating himself to focus on becoming a better individual both physically and mentally with his training. Roland never gives up no matter how hard it can get. Roland steps out onto the mats ready to train and learn, we are honored and privileged to have Roland be a part of our black belt family and can't wait to see him achieve his first degree black belt one day.”

Roland is very committed to working hard and improving his skills. He said, “I love amartial arts…martial arts is my sport of choice and very hard work.” He attends his Tang Soo Do class every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. When he does not have class, you can find him practicing at the local park – this is where he can find enough room to fully practice his moves. I was lucky enough to get to see Roland in action when he was showcasing his favorite move for me. I was impressed by his concentration and dedication of the intricate move.

Being able to meet Roland and spend time with him was such a great experience. I am thankful that Roland was willing to share his time and talent with me. He is extremely knowledgeable about Martial arts. He was able to teach and share his craft with me. His patience in answering my questions was truly remarkable. Being new to Martial arts, I had a ton of questions.  Roland is a patient teacher. Thank you, Roland.

Roland lives in Delaware and enjoys activities with Mosaic’s Drop in Supports program.  Roland is active in his community. He works part time, is an artist who has decorated his apartment with his own artwork, plays basketball in his neighborhood, and is a fierce Martial Arts competitor.

To learn more about Roland and the people of Mosaic please join us for a Discover the Possibilities tour at our office on Chapman Road, Newark. Dates and times are located on our website in the calendar section.