Student Profile – Daniel and Peter van der Hoek

In Step With . . .Daniel and Peter van der Hoek

The Van der Hoek brothers have made Tae Kwon Do a family affair. Twelve-year-old Daniel got the ball rolling, when he started classes in September 2016. “My brother did it and I just thought it looked fun,” states 8-year-old Peter. He followed suit and started classes in November 2016. The boys are taking classes at the Fayetteville location.

Their mother is pleased with the changes she’s seen in her sons. “Taekwondo gives both boys a chance to channel their energy in a constructive way. They learn a little about Korean culture also. So far, they have not been in any situations where they would need to defend themselves, but I am glad they know some self-defense moves! They also receive positive reinforcement in being courteous and helpful to others, a key principle in Taekwondo,” says Betsy.


Presenting Daniel and Peter van der Hoek, our April Student Profile.

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

Both: We feel a little more confident than before we did Taekwondo.


Is it good exercise? 

Both: Definitely. It is physical and mental exercise. You have to remember all the forms and Korean terms, and also how to get along with each other and help each other.


Why do you like Tae Kwon Do? 

Daniel: Forms and self-defense, and Master Morgan.

Peter: I like the nice masters, instructors and the friends.


Tell me about some of your Tae Kwon Do accomplishments and things you have achieved?

Daniel: We competed in Master Shim’s tournament last year and in the Health Kick fundraiser two years in a row. I have been doing Taekwondo a year and a half, and I’m close to being a black belt. I feel like I have gained a lot of experience already.

Peter: I have been in Master Shim’s tournament and the 2017 Health Kick. I broke a board into 3 pieces!



Why would you tell another parent that their child should take Tae Kwon Do? 

Apart from the fact that it’s good exercise, there is a good balance of competition and cooperation that is healthy for kids (and adults). Since my children are homeschooled, coming to Master Shim’s gives us a chance to get out and spend time with a nice cross-section of our local community. I can’t speak highly enough of the masters and instructors. They are cheerful, patient, friendly, encouraging, and know when a student needs a challenge. The administrative side of the school is also very organized. My kids appreciated the fact that they got a manual to help learn the requirements for each level and track their progress. The atmosphere in the school is always friendly for parents and grandparents as they watch the lessons. I like that my boys are involved in a sport they enjoy right now and can continue in someday as adults if they choose.