Black Belt Essay by Stephanie Mummert | NEXTStep Martial Arts
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for NEXTStep Martial Arts to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for NEXTStep Martial Arts to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
Gina Pecher reviewed NEXTStep Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

NEXTStep has been an incredible blessing. We have been going to TWD for my daughter Elly for a while and she has flourished and has an increase in confidence and discipline. I have recently joined the kickboxing classes and I am so excited to be part of the family in a direct way myself. I am impressed with all the staff which is like a second family but I am equally impressed with the accountability and life lessons learned. I had a misconception of what kickboxing would and entail and I am very happy to have tried it and found out how fun, exciting and due-able it is for someone with back issues and 50! I am looking forward to achieving a healthy lifestyle with my Next Step family. I honestly, can't say enough about the quality, dedication and support of Master Jay and everyone involved in NEXTStep!

Rob Brown reviewed NEXTStep Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

My daughter has been going to NEXT Step Martial Arts for almost a year now. When we first started I wasn’t sure teaching her to kick would be worth the time and money involved. I can easily and gladly say that I was wrong. They teach so much more here, they learn respect, discipline and my daughter has gain so much confidence since starting at NEXT Step Martial Arts. Taekwondo has also helped allot with her school work, memory and focus has improved so much over the past year. I believe it’s not just the taekwondo classes that’s teaching her this it’s the staff, probably better to say the family. Every employee knows everyone’s name and are genially happy to see you. They make everyone feel welcome and have become a huge part in my daughter’s life.

Doris Normand reviewed NEXTStep Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

I wish there were more stars. there just aren't enough stars to review the quality of people, instruction, students and classes at Next Step Martial Arts. I began my journey about 2 1/2 years ago when I came into the studio, sat on the mat with Master Jay and discussed the reasons I wanted to take taekwondo . I have met and surpassed every single one of them! I'm probably one of the oldest if not the oldest students there , but I can tell you I feel better now that I have felt in my 20s 30s 40s 50s and on. It's been a rigorous journey for me but I was willing to do the work. Master Jay and all the instructors are just an incredible group of individuals . And I feel my success has really been , as the name Next Step Martial Arts implies, one step at a time . All the classes are different, and I learn something from each one of them . I have never looked back, have no regrets, and I'm sure I never well !

Amber Marie reviewed NEXTStep Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

My daughter, Kenzie, has just signed up for camp this year. She is five years old. From the moment you walk in the door you are met with smiling, friendly, and respectful staff. I am proud to say that my "shy in front of others" child is blossoming in this well rounded environment. She asks to go back day after day. I have also seen her manners and respect towards others improve too. Thank you for helping her become more well rounded.

Rachel Croft Myers reviewed NEXTStep Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Perseverance, dedication, and respect are all words that characterize Next Step! Not only does the staff at Next Step possess these qualities, they instill them in their students through engaging activities and self-defense techniques. Master Jay has devoted his life to his passion of teaching Tae Kwon Do! His perseverance to follow his dream and his dedication to his students are beyond what you will find anywhere else! My daughter has finally become old enough to attend summer camp, and within the first week, she was coming home and explaining to her father and me about a concept of respect that she was taught! She thoroughly enjoys her time at Nextstep, and I am pleased because she is learning about qualities that we just don't see in everyday society anymore! I know that we will continue to see her skills transform and her respect towards others increase! These are life skills that all kids should be taught! Thank you, Master Jay and staff!

Thrasa Harris reviewed NEXTStep Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

I don't know where to begin to say how much I love this place. I started out just coming to taekwondo classes for excercise on my weight loss journey (95 pounds now). I think I was at a 45 loss when I started! Anyhow it then became something else for me, more than just excercise. My husband says at the age of 50 I'm like a caterpillar blooming. And everyone I meet taking class there is pretty darn awesome and the staff is top notch! I don't think I can do without Taekwondo in my life now. I would recommend this to all ages.

NEXTStep Martial Arts Fairfield Martial Arts & Fitness for All Ages!
Call us today to get started (717) 457-0023
Request Information

Blog

Our latest news & thoughts

Black Belt Essay by Stephanie Mummert

My journey to earn a black belt began about sixteen years ago. I found out immediately that martial arts would challenge me mentally and physically, and I was hooked. I was a dedicated student and trained hard, with hopes that someday I could have that coveted black belt around my waist. Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen circumstances, my journey ended one belt short of my goal, and I had to stop practicing martial arts. The fact that I was so close and couldn’t complete my goal has eaten at me for many years! I’ve always felt that I’ve had “unfinished business” and it has definitely been one of my biggest regrets.

I would’ve never thought that thirteen years later, I would have a second chance to fulfill my goal of becoming a black belt. My daughter wanted to start taking martial arts and so I contacted NextStep Martial Arts and set up a trial for her. As I sat there watching her learn some of the basic movements of Taekwondo, there was a rekindling of a fire deep in my gut. I just wanted to jump up and join her on the mat, as all the feelings of how I felt when I took martial arts before came rushing back to me! I believe I told Master Jay that night that I would like to join as well, that I couldn’t just sit on the sidelines and watch, I wanted to participate! So began the continuation of my journey.

I will tell you that the continuation has not always been easy! In fact, I have a greater appreciation of perseverance, given some of the obstacles that I’ve overcome. I’ve had to realize in some of my frustrations at the beginning, that I was older than before and that my body and muscles took longer to recover. I have learned to be more patient, as I would get frustrated with myself for not being able to see a technique or a kick done once and be able to perform it myself. I’ve also learned to be patient with injuries and that pushing through the pain is not always the best thing, sometimes you just need to rest what hurts. I knew that it was inevitable that I would hit some bumps along the way, but in the end it has been perseverance (and some patience) that have gotten me through!

I have several reasons for taking Taekwondo. The main reason as mentioned before was to achieve a personal goal. I wanted to be a role model to my daughter and show her that hard work and dedication pay off in life, as well as martial arts, and that you can achieve anything you want if you’re willing to put in the time and effort. I was hoping to motivate her into giving 110% in every class she took. I was hoping she would begin to think, if my mom can do it, so can I! I was also looking to get into shape and have an outlet to relieve the stresses that come with everyday life. I found that in Taekwondo.

I am excited to see what the future holds for me in Taekwondo and at NextStep. Not only do I have a very supportive family, but I’m lucky to have a second family, the NextStep family, supporting me as well! NextStep is such a positive, and friendly environment and I am honored to be a part of it! I know my journey does not end with a black belt, that it is only the beginning of my next journey in the martial arts!