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New Member, Female, from Waipahu Hawaii
I started to practice Taekwondo in 2008 and saw enlightenment! Apr 23, 2014
- Petra Roesner was last seen:
- Feb 11, 2018
- March 30
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- Waipahu Hawaii
- Owner Focused Solutions Consulting LLC
- 1st Dan
I am the mother of two boys and have been practicing Taekwondo since 2008 alongside the rest of my family.
When I started my doctoral work, I always knew that I wanted to research a topic that has to do with Taekwondo. So, I decided to examine the lived experiences of Taekwondo practitioners with regard to their character development - after all, we are supposed to live the tenets of Taekwondo not only inside, but also outside of our respective dojangs.
Subsequently, I researched and interviewed adult TKD practitioners from both a social learning and ecological systems perspective to find out whether and how students of TKD develop positive character traits. I sought to determine the role of instructors, peers, and the culture and climate of dojangs, and how those factors can promote positive character development.
Although the narratives and experiences of my participants were strikingly similar, they were also incredibly unique to the personal experiences. Some findings really surprised me, some I did not expect, and some were confirmed - it was all a very fascinating process of research, writing and presenting my findings in my dissertation "Beyond the dojang: A phenomenological perspective on transferring the virtues of Taekwondo into daily life."
After a few months of "rest," I decided that I want to write a book about what I learned because I wanted to present my findings to the larger TKD community. My book, "Taekwondo, more than a martial art. A journey for life" is geared towards students of TKD, those who want to become students, their parents and instructors. Although I cannot possibly make the claim that the experiences presented in my book are representative of everyone who has, does or will practice TKD, I am pretty confident that many readers of this book will see themselves time and again when reading about the experiences of my four characters.
My current project is a series of blogs dedicated to TKD, that I would like to say is more philosophical in nature and that I hope is enjoyed by many and that hopefully inspire many others.
SignaturePetra M. Roesner, Ph.D.