Southsider Voice correspondent
Even the name of this martial arts school reflects the hearts of its instructors.
Pilsung is the Korean word for “personal victory,” said Rose Myers, who co-owns this American tae kwon do school with her husband, Brian Myers.
Both instructors are engineers who apply these skills toward explaining to students of all ages the how and why behind the ways their bodies work.
After another female student escaped a near rape while attending the University of Dayton, Rose Myers attended a self-protection seminar that resulted in a career change. She started teaching in 2002. By 2010 she and Brian opened Pilsung ATA.
The most important information about this particular school is that it is about a lot more than spins and kicks.
Kids with developmental disabilities, kids who are the victims of school bullies and families learning together in a class are just a few of her favorite reasons for operating the school, Rose said.
“Seeing the impact you are having on a person’s life is probably one of the most profound gifts,” she said with a smile. “To pull introverted kids out of their shells, we focus on leadership. We want to grow leaders for the future.”
While Brian manages the office, he identifies teaching as his first love. He heads up an outreach program, visiting area schools to present bully prevention programs when he isn’t surrounded by 4- to 6-year-old students in their Greenwood-based school.
“I am always looking for that light bulb moment,” he said of teaching. “When I get to see the, “I can do that” on their faces. It is dumbfounding. It is humbling.”
“While we are teaching them to do all the physical things they didn’t think they could do, we are also helping them learn how to focus for school and also listen to instruction,” Rose said.
Because families are often much too busy for play and positive interaction, signing up for classes as a team gives everyone gifts they didn’t know they needed. Hearing kids gently correct their parents about certain moves brings a smile to Rose’s face.
“Along with adults, we get all ages of kids in here,” she said. “We love on them and we grow them, and then we turn them back into their schools as leaders who get the other kids going in the right direction.”