In Step With … Jeffery Rapes

Eight-year old Jeffery Rapes knows he can do anything he puts his mind to. He loves climbing the ranks of Tae Kwon Do. “I have achieved getting my black belt, which I am very proud of,” he states. In addition to being fun and a great form of exercise, Tae Kwon Do has benefited Jeffery in several areas of his life.


His grandmother, Donna Blanton, has seen first-hand the impact that the sport has had on him. “Jeffery was a scared little boy when he came to live with his Grandparents,” she says. “He had terrible anxiety and separation anxiety. Tae Kwon Do gave him focus, confidence and security; and a second family that he knows loves him. (It) gave him more friends and a feeling of belonging.”


Nothing can compare to that type of impact on a child’s life.


Here’s more on this month’s student profile …. Jeffery Rapes.


How long have you been doing Tae Kwon Do?

I have been taking Tae Kwon Do for 4 years.


Did you have any problems/issues that Tae Kwon Do helped you overcome?  

Yes. Focus and confidence.


What has Tae Kwon Do done for your confidence? Self-esteem?  

It has made me a lot more confident, and made my self-esteem greater.


What are some things Tae Kwon Do has helped you achieve?

I am much more focused about long-term goals and what I want to do with my life. I love music and animals and want to become a veterinarian.


Why would you tell another kid that they should do Tae Kwon Do?

It gives you focus, responsibility, and leadership. You also learn to defend yourself against bullies.