KMAC 2020 Student of the Year Award of Excellence (Plaque Ceremony) held on Saturday, April 9th, 2021 

KMAC 2020 Student of the Year Award of Excellence (Plaque Ceremony) held on Saturday, April 9th, 2021 


2020 Recipients:

Female Recipient: Katelyn L.

Male Recipient: Joshua F.

Student of Year – Award of Excellence

(Junior Category)

This honor is awarded annually to either one student, or, (1) male and (1) female student, who exemplifies certain characteristics reflecting the (5) tenets of Taekwondo (see definitions below).


The nominee(s) is/are chosen by Grandmaster Jung based on the merits of him/her exhibiting exemplary behavior throughout the year. All candidates should possess or embody certain characteristics or qualities such as, but not limited to, being responsible, respectful, helpful, determined, an inspiration to other students, outstanding skills achievement, leadership skills, loyalty, dedication, technical skills, & academic achievement.


The recipients should have been an inspiration for the past year to other KMAC members and to the KMAC community as a whole. The recipients should be both a positive representative of the school and a good reflection of the lessons taught by your instructor.


*A distinctive recognition that the Junior Category award recipients receive is that their names will be displayed on the school awards plaque along with previous recipients.


Excellence & Longevity Award

(Senior Category)


This honor is not awarded annually but does go to either one student, or, (1) male and (1) female student, who exemplifies certain characteristics reflecting the (5) tenets of Taekwondo.


The recipients in this senior category are awarded this honor not just for all reasons a junior recipient receives theirs but in addition to that, are Senior ranking members of the KMAC school that has proven themselves to be not only leaders in length of service but are also the most loyal and dedicated in all respects. They have the qualities and characteristics that embody longevity, leadership, loyalty, dedication, integrity, and inspiration. Not many will receive this award but those who do are the among the elite representatives of KMAC: flexible, strong, and humble.


(The below definitions are from the internet.)


The Five Tenets of Taekwondo



Courtesy, or 여의 in Korean Hangul (pronounced ye-wee), refers to showing courtesy to all others in the dojang (training area or school) as well as people you may meet outside of formal Taekwondo training. Included in this tenet is observing correct etiquette and manners at all times.



Integrity, or 염치 in Korean Hangul (pronounced yom-chee), includes not only the general definition of integrity where one is not only able to determine the difference between right and wrong but also being able to stand up for what is ethically correct. Being honest and having strong moral principles is paramount and working hard to be beyond corruption are important aspects of the tenet of integrity.



Perseverance, or 인냬 in Korean Hangul (pronounced een-nay), simply refers to the willingness of the Taekwondo student to continue to struggle against all odds to reach their goal. This applies to their Taekwondo training as well as other aspects of their lives.


Self Control

Self control, or 극기 in Korean Hangul (pronounced gook-gee), means to have control over your thoughts as well as your actions. Maintaining a pure mind as well as a pure body by keeping your emotions in check, particularly in difficult or trying circumstances.


Indomitable Spirit

Indomitable spirit, or 백절불굴 in Korean Hangul (pronounced beckjool boolgool), is difficult to define but generally refers to having the courage to stand up for your beliefs and to stay strong in those beliefs and convictions no matter what the odds against you may be. It also refers to consistently exhibiting a full 100% effort in all that you do inside the dojang (training area) and in life.


A tenet is an opinion, principle or doctrine that a person holds or maintains as true. The five tenets of Taekwondo: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. should serve as a guide for all serious students of the art.

Who will be next?

Grandmaster Jung will continuously review all students from now until the end of fall at which time the 2021 recipients will be announced at the next annual KMAC Awards Ceremony.

Every student is eligible but only those who attend regularly, work hard, and best exemplifies the 5 tenets of taekwondo will be considered for this honor.

You could be next!