Exploring new Possibilities

posted Sep 21, 2017, 2:39 PM by Randall Donner   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 2:39 PM ]

This was written by the former Community Relations Intern at Mosaic in Delaware, Kayla Buzzeo. She has now entered law school, desiring to work in disability law.

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 that it all started years ago when he would ride on the bus past martial arts classes and watch the people practicing their craft. Roland was fascinated and decided one day that he no longer just wanted to watch, he wanted to participate.

Roland started with a Kung Fu class and 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. He participated in the sparring and form events. Competing for the first time, he was nervous; this did not stop him from having a fun time and learning. Roland said it made him excited to be able to compete more in the future.

Roland’s Instructor said, "In our studio we ask our students the following question: ‘What's your goal?’ They reply, ‘Black belt excellence sir. We then ask, ‘What's your quest?’ The 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. I can't wait to see him achieve his first degree black belt one day!”

Committed to working hard and improving his skills, Roland said, “I love martial arts. … Martial arts is my sport of choice and very hard work.”

Roland attends Tang Soo Do class every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. When he does not have class, he practices at a local park where he can find enough room to fully practice his moves. I was lucky enough to see Roland in action when showcasing his favorite move. I was impressed by his concentration and dedication to the intricate move.

Being able to meet Roland and spend time with him was such a great experience. I am thankful he was willing to share his time and talent with me.

Roland lives in Delaware and enjoys activities with Mosaic’s Drop in Supports program. Roland is active in his community, works part time, is an artist, and basketball player.